We all want top value for our homes. Walking away with a few extra pounds in our back pocket is an appealing thought for anyone. So, how do we get our Whetstone and North London homes ready for the market? How do we get ourselves into a position where our property is listed for less time than it takes to make a cup of tea?

There are many answers to this question. In this article, we're going to focus on one. That answer is interior design, and we’re going to help you decide whether it's a worthwhile investment when selling your home.

Does interior design affect sales price?

Think of buying a home like buying a car. You’d think twice about buying a car that is covered in dents and scratches. This is the same with properties. If you get your property up to an immaculate standard before putting it on the market, then you increase the likelihood of viewings and attract better offers.

Interior designers have a creative design streak that captivates viewers. Properties that have employed their artistic flair are easily recognisable on Rightmove and Zoopla. They stand out from other listings and attract the interest of prospective purchasers.

Is it worth the expense?

It depends on your situation. Homes that have been professionally designed tend to sell for a higher price and spend less time on the market. Before deciding, you need to analyse how much value an interior designer is going to add.

A good way to check this is to look at what houses sell for in your local area. You can get this information from Rightmove here.

If an estate agent has valued your home at £300K, and all previously sold properties in your area have sold for £300K, then it might not be worth paying for professional design. In other words, you might be limited by the value that you can add.

Likewise, if you’re not in a rush to sell, then it might be worth saving some money and doing the work yourself. Just remember, an interior designer adds more value than a feature wall. It is their job to bring your property to a show home standard that would be fit for television.

Should I use an interior designer or do it myself?

It depends on how much you value your time. Painting rooms and remodelling furniture aren’t the most exciting of tasks. If you have an eye for design, then you might enjoy this process. However, most people can’t think of anything worse than spending a day painting walls.

Interior designers don’t just bring out the beauty of your home. They also structure rooms so that they generate feelings. Some colours give a calming effect whilst others can elevate our mood. Interior design is almost as much about phycology as it is about creativity.

If you're going to do the work yourself, then remember to use neutral colours. People like to envision themselves living in a property before they buy. Loud colours can get in the way of this and put people off purchasing your home.

Need a recommendation?

We understand that it is difficult to know what to do with your Whetstone home before selling it. If you’re going to spend money on a property that you’ll no longer be living in, then you want to at least raise its value. If you need a hand making choices before you sell, click here and contact us today.

We work with trusted interior designers that we’d never hesitate to recommend. If you would like us to connect you, then click here and ask for an introduction today.