Extending "less hassle" than moving

A lean-to conservatory or extension could be useful for making more space – something that could be a good alternative to moving.

In the current financial climate, some people may be reconsidering whether it is the right time to sell because it is likely they will have to work harder to find a buyer, the Times said.

Therefore, extending a home is probably "cheaper and less hassle", it added.

Building a third bedroom can make a houses value go up by 12 per cent, the publication stated, citing Nationwide figures.

However, cleaning and painting is one way to freshen up a property whose owners have decided to put on the market.

"A freshly-painted facade, railings and front door really can make all the difference to achieving a sale and obtaining the best price possible," said Phil Spencer of home search company Garrington.

Recommended tips for those whose house is being viewed by potential buyers include hiding away clutter and junk, and making sure the lighting is flattering.