Poor furnishings and bad interior decorating choices are a sure-fire way to ruin the future value of a beautiful home. Find out how what you put inside your house changes the perception of those who view it from outside...
If your plan is to not only enjoy your home in Portugal but to potentially rent it out, or to one day sell it, then special attention should go into how you furnish and decorate the property.
When buying a property in an overseas market, renting that property or one day selling is sometimes a reality, so remember that the money you spend today will influence the future of your property investment.
Money well spent on making every aspect of the property better is never a bad investment, so make wise choices when furnishing and decorating your home.
Have you ever looked for a hotel or holiday accommodation online? The location is perfect, the pool looks lovely, you could picture you and your family having a wonderful holiday there, and then… all of a sudden, that smile turns upside-down as you click on a photo of the interiors. Dark, dated furniture, uncomfortable sofas and beds, sad paintings or decor that steels light and joy from the room. Don’t let this be the experience that people have with your home.
It is a question that often comes up from my clients when they are looking at buying a property in Portugal: “How easy will it be to sell this property, if I ever need to?”. There are various factors that we can advise on as realtors, in terms of location, the number of units in the building, a swimming pool or not, the style of the property, etc. But the part that often gets overlooked is the furniture and the way the property is decorated.
The importance of investing in decor
Investing in modern, good quality furniture and decoration is a very essential part of the property investment but sometimes is an area where homeowners often cut corners. Please don’t make this mistake with your home in Portugal. If your plan is to not only enjoy your home in Portugal but to potentially rent it out, or one day sell it, then special attention should go into how you furnish and decorate the property.
On too many occasions I have seen potential buyers put off by dated furniture or bad interior decor. Although the sofa or the lamp shade may not be the actual asset that the new buyer is acquiring, we cannot deny that first impressions are everything and you never want this to be the reason that your house is not considered for future buyers. There is a reason why new properties are designed with white interiors, light carpentry and neutral tiles or flooring. These are shades and colours that are unoffensive to the eye and create a space that is calm, tranquil and zen. This is the environment that you want to create for people visiting your home for the first time, to rent or to buy.
Author: Dylan Herholdt - Managing Director at Portugal Realty
This article was originally published in the July 2021 edition of Portugal The Simple Life Magazine. Download your FREE copy on this link!
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