Design and décor do’s and don’ts for a quick property sale

Published:  6 Oct at 6 PM
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Selling your home is one of life’s most stressful experiences but, by making sure you’ve the most marketable chunk of real estate in the area, getting a higher than expected price makes it all worth while.

For most of us, having our own home gives the chance to indulge our personal tastes by decorating and furnishing according to our own individual take on home décor. According to new research by the housing sector’s trade body, some aspects of décor and design considered desirable by individual home-owners might actually devalue the property or even prevent its sale.

Some of the major disincentives include swimming pools, darkened rooms, solar panels, Japanese knotweed, changes made without planning permission and the deadly sin of over-personalisation. Whether you’re looking for a quick sale in order to relocate to a continental beach resort before the Brexit divorce is finalised, or are reluctantly bidding farewell to your Mediterranean dream villa before returning to the UK, it’s likely most of the same rules will apply.

Solar panels may well be must-haves for the environmentally conscious but, whether they’re in Manchester or Marbella, the technology changes so fast they’ll be out of date five years after installation. The much-loved fitted kitchen and its appliances have similar problems plus the fact that fashions in this field change even faster than the current sterling exchange rate.

Swimming pools in the UK have always been somewhat of an anomaly, given the UK’s reputation for cold, rainy summers, but even in Mediterranean locations they’re not exactly essential and take a great deal of time, trouble and money to maintain. Dark rooms are an obvious no-no, as is quirky interior decoration in bold colours. Quiet, modest décor is, apparently, a best-seller as regards interiors. The worst news is the infamous Japanese Knotweed, known worldwide for damaging foundations, causing subsidence and resisting all efforts to remove it.
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