Home refurbishment/ improvement
Consumers have been advised to consider carrying out home improvements to boost people's impressions of a house.
According to interior design specialist Ceri Rocca, early impressions can be very important to people who are entering a home for the first time.
She has therefore advised people who are thinking of refurbishing their house to pay particular attention to the entrance.
Ms Rocca suggested updating features such as door knockers and letter boxes, as well as creating a welcoming feel by changing the interior colour scheme.
Households were told that the hallway is the perfect place to inject personality and drama into a house, although she said it needs to be tidy.
"Don't be tempted to treat your hallway as a dumping ground, as shoes and coats can often accumulate in this area if you let them," Ms Rocca commented.
She recommended that people incorporate storage solutions that are both practical and stylish at the same time.
This comes shortly after the British Retail Consortium revealed that demand for home refurbishments such as new flooring is starting to pick up.
By Neil Hill