When we’re choosing somewhere to live, it’s no secret that first impressions truly count.
Potential buyers usually have an idea of must-haves and deal-breakers for their new home, but just how much could interior design be swaying decisions? With house price growth now slowing after months of rising sharply, now could be the time to start expecting offers from prospective buyers.
In the following guide, we’ll take a look at the importance of interior details in the process of viewing and buying a new house.
Which styles are buyers looking for?
An exclusive study by fitted wardrobe experts Hammonds has revealed some surprising results when it comes to attitudes towards household interiors.
Hammonds found that the interior style of a property is a priority for 40% of house hunters overall, with 14% considering it very important. The five top-rated interior styles as rated by Brits in Hammonds’ survey were:
- Danish pastel
Over 32% of Brits would offer more for a property with four of the top five interior styles, with 29.7% still agreeing they would pay more for a Danish pastel interior.
Hammonds also found that minimalism is the best overall interior style for selling your home. According to their cutting-edge research, a minimalist style could add at least £3,600 to the overall value of your property.
How can you make your home interior more appealing?
If you’re thinking of selling your home, you might be feeling motivated to freshen up your interior. Not only could it help you to receive offers more quickly, but decorating your home is also likely to be an incredibly rewarding, satisfying experience.
To effortlessly upgrade your interior without splashing too much cash, you could even take inspiration and use the tips and tricks used by interior designers to make their home look more expensive.
Are any interior styles truly off-putting?
Along with finding out the most inviting interior styles amongst prospective buyers, Hammonds discovered the least favourites, too. The first example is maximalism: even though maximalism could potentially add value to your home, it won’t help it sell any faster.
Hammonds found that 32% of surveyed Brits said they would pay below the asking price for a house with a maximalist interior, while 31% also said the same for houses in art deco, bohemian, and mid-century modern styles.
The bottom line
Viewers will see your interior as an immediate reflection of you and, in turn, the care and attention you’ve put into the house while you’ve lived there. Plus, seeing a favourite style helps people to imagine their next home in the way they’d like to.
Interior design always matters when it comes to selling your home.