5 tips on selling your home in a recession with guest writer Oliver Heath: Part 1

Guest writer Oliver Heath

Pippa Jameson Interiors has teamed up with Interiors expert Oliver Heath to provide 5 essential tips on selling a home in a recession. Over the coming weeks we will advice you on what to do and not to do when preparing your home for sale. These are tough times that we are facing, especially if you are in the position of trying to sell your home in a market that has collapsed. That said, there are still buyers out there but just not as many. For this reason your home has to really hit the mark when it comes to presentation.

“You want to leave potential buyers with a sense that the property has been well maintained and looked after so that that they don’t get the sinking feeling that as soon as they move in there’ll be lots of things that need doing”.


There is nothing that puts of a buyer more than clutter! Even though you may adore your little collection of porcelain cats and dogs I can guarantee that your buyer will not. Things that are personal to you mean nothing at all to a buyer; harsh but true. So put away all the little nik naks that are lying around and invest in some good storage. If you have things rammed into overflowing cupboards it is going to look like the house is too small to cater for your belongings and give the impression of being cramped. If you haven’t used something for the past 6 months then put it in the loft or better still, throw it away.

Random ornaments
  • Make sure you clear away any weird and quirky ornaments!
  • Don’t just shove things in cupboards as buyers may want to look in them
  • Make sure your shelves look organised and spacious
  • Create as much floor space as possible to make the room feel bigger

“I advise you get rid of 30% of possessions and put them into storage somewhere could be the attic, garage or paid self-storage. It is nice to get a sense that the house is lived in and loved but seeing other peoples clutter is an invasion of privacy and stops them feeling relaxed in a home you want them to imagine living in.”

You can read more about Oliver and his ventures at Oliver Heath.com

BOOKS TO BUY: There are some really good books that can help you on your way to a clutter free home. The first is called Clean Sweep and the second is appropriately called Too much Stuff! Both are available through Amazon.

NEXT WEEK: part two will be advising on professionaly cleaning the home, the general costs involved and how much this can maximise a homes potential sale price…


Meet Pippa

Pippa Jameson is an author, tv designer and interiors expert. The previous interior editor on several leading UK titles, Pippa has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Throughout her 25-year career, Pippa’s unique and creative approach has won her commissions for large retail brands and celebrities to deliver exciting and engaging projects. 

She’s written the curriculum for the British College of Interior Design, produced and styled shoots for well-known brands including John Lewis, H&M & Team GB/DFS, worked as an International Stylist for leading paint brands in Asia, consulted on the launch and creative direction of major retail names including George Home and Wren, and most recently, published her first book, The Sensory Home. Pippa possesses expertise unmatched in the interior industry.