Interiors advice

Interior designer, Clair Strong, offers her top tips to help your home sell faster

Property sales are up by 20% and average asking prices rose by £10,000* in the four weeks following the government’s decision to cut stamp duty for all house purchases under £500,000*. If you are looking to move in the coming months, have you thought of using a styling service to help you get the best price for your property? 

Did you know prospective buyers make a decision about your house within the first 10 seconds of stepping through your front door so making a good first impression is vital. A few simple changes to your home can help speed up the sales process and boost the value of your property.

Here are my top tips to help your home sell faster

Tip #1 – Paint your front door 


Your front door is the first thing a buyer will see.  It should be in perfect condition and freshly painted in a timeless colour (black, white, dark blue or a heritage green are all good choices) and your brassware should all be polished and gleaming. 

Tip #2 – Declutter your hallway


Make your hallway look light and clutter free. Invest in some clever storage solutions for coats, shoes, umbrellas and post. Make sure your hall is well lit (add a small lamp or change your light bulbs to brighter ones) and put up a mirror to bounce light around. Add some interesting prints to create a stylish entrance.

Tip #3 Update a tired kitchen


After giving your kitchen a thorough clean, you can revamp it cost effectively to make it look like a place your buyer would want to spend time in.


If you have wooden kitchen cabinets, it’s a simple job to repaint the doors and replace the handles to give them a stylish update. Think of using a trendy dark navy and brass door fittings to completely modernise a dated kitchen. A small spend on accessories like a stylish toaster, a designer fruit bowl and interesting storage jars can bring your worktop up to date.

Tip #4 Make your living room look warm and comfortable


The living room needs to look warm and inviting. A well-chosen rug can hide an older carpet and some carefully chosen scatter cushions will pull the colour scheme together. Make sure the TV doesn’t dominate the room by rearranging your sofas so they face each other or create a sociable L-shape. Artwork, flowers and cleverly arranged shelves can turn drab into designer.


Tip #5 Turn bedrooms into comfortable sanctuaries


Make sure all your bedrooms feel comfortable and spacious. Style the beds with fresh bed linen and hotel style cushion arrangements. If the room is a double bedroom, make sure there is a double bed in it. Children’s rooms need to look as neutral as possible to help sell to to buyers without children so get rid of peeling posters, Lego and half-dressed dolls. 

Tip #6 Bathrooms must be fresh and relaxing spaces


Buyers are looking for clean contemporary bathrooms with plenty of storage space. Replacing a bathroom is a simple job that is worth undertaking before you put your house on the market; you’ll recoup your money when you sell. A modern suite, clean tiles, interesting flooring and some fresh towels will make your bathroom look like a spa rather than a family bathroom.

As a small, friendly, creative business based in Bath we pride ourselves on offering client-led interior design solutions for homes and businesses, from redecoration to complete redesign and refurbishments. We recently launched a virtual interior design service to help clients design or update their living spaces without the need for a face-to-face meeting. We can also design future homes off-plan for those of you with moves ahead.

*Figures courtesy of The Bank of England

All images courtesy of Clair Strong Interior Designer.



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