The best ways to make your home more appealing to buyers

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HOUSE prices have dropped by 0.3 per cent for the second quarter running – but all is not lost, according to a property furnishing expert.

According to the Nationwide House Price Index, house prices on the whole are continuing to rise, but sadly not all areas are not reaping the same benefits as London.

Nick Acaster from interior specialists Rugs Direct suggests some quick interior solutions to make your home more sellable in spite of the tough market.

“When showing a potential buyer around your home, first impressions really count and contrary to popular belief, sometimes it is the small scale interior touches that can make the biggest difference,” he said.

“There is no reason why value can’t be added to properties in the areas where house prices aren’t showing such positive signs, like Sunderland, in order to get the biggest bang for your buck when looking to sell.”

Here are Nick’s top tips:

Interior accessories can make a huge difference to first impressions when a potential buyer is looking around your home. Although you want to avoid everything being completely coordinated, having a consistent colour pallet throughout a home can help to bring all the rooms together and create a more spacious impression.

Lighting can play an important role in every room of the house. Having warm, mood lighting can help a room to look cosy which is ideal for a living room or bedroom. For a bathroom or kitchen, brighter lights can give a clean, crisp feel and help to make a room look bigger. Natural light is most effective at making a room look more spacious, so strategically placed mirrors can help to allow the natural light travel further.

De-cluttering allows a potential buyer to easily imagine their home comforts in your living space, being able to visualise yourself in a property as you’re looking around it may be a deciding factor when considering a purchase.

Neutral colours on all walls and ceilings make it easier for a new owner to make their personal home improvements and imagine themselves in that property, should they choose to buy it of course! Providing the next buyer a blank canvas also provides the opportunity for personalisation with all kinds of accessory options – whether candles, rugs, cushions for example. Having inoffensive colours keeps the playing field open to many more new potential buyers while creating the perception of a larger space.