How to Sell your Home in a Recession with Oliver Heath: Part 3


If you are selling or renting your home then try and make sure it looks up to date with the latest decor.  You don’t have to go crazy and re-decorate your whole home as little touches here and there will do the trick.  I know you have heard it a million times but it is best to keep the look simple.  Stick to neutral colours for the walls and just add interest with your accessories.


The stylish paint colours and accessories above are from B&Q and are very affordable.

Accessories: You can update the look of your home with fairly inexpensive accessories.  Hide away all of the clutter and then add simple key touches.  A bookshelf or coffee table could be transformed with a simple table runner and a few ornaments.  The pretty accessories below are from Wilkinson and start from just £6. 

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Try not to use more than a few co-ordinating colours and materials otherwise it will look too busy.  Once you’ve cleared away all the clutter invest in a few plants and flowers as they always brighten up a room.   I would suggest buying decent fake flowers so that they last the duration of the sale.  The plant below is £49 from Marks & Spencer.  It may be a little expensive but it is a great fake and remember it will last for years-this would look great in the middle of a coffee table.M&S

Update a plain old sofa with a set of bold cushions from Graham & Green. At the top end of the budget Marks and Spencer’s sell some lovely embroidery designs for £35 or if you want to go super trendy then opt for their metalic sequined style for just £15…I love them! Remember, you can take all the items with you to the new home so see it as an investment.  taffeta cushion

For value cushions  try BHS or B&Q.  If you have a very old fashioned sofa that makes the house feel dated then think about covering it with an extra large throw; this is a much cheaper option than buying a new sofa.   If you have a particularly dark house then invest in some up lights and make sure these are on when you conduct a viewing.


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