As summer kicks into high gear, we’re all starting to plan our summer projects. If you’re looking to sell your home, you might want to consider adding “working on my front entrance” to your to-do list.
From the moment a potential buyer steps through the threshold of your home, you want to do everything you can to excite and impress them. As they always say, first impressions are everything, and sellers could lose a potential sale if their entrance isn’t in peak form. With a little effort, you can create a home viewing experience buyers won’t soon forget.
It’s all about the entrance
To buyers, little things go a long way. Adding a dash of color to the front door, replacing the hall mat, baking before an open house and making sure the floor, walls and mirrors are spotless will all ensure your home gets off on the right foot with potential buyers.
Every room counts
When you walk into your home, you can probably see more than just the entranceway. If you have an airy and open space, consider adding common elements that will draw the viewer’s attention from one room to the next – a great way to give your home added continuity.
Clear the clutter
Coat racks are common in most homes, but that doesn’t mean you want to show yours off during an open house. To add size to the front area, lose the hats, shoes, coats and jackets. For furniture, make sure it fits in the space and doesn’t make the room look small and cramped. You may want to clear out the furniture, too!
Upgrade the flooring
Is the laminate in your 70-year-old home a turn-off? Sellers should strive to make the entrance as welcoming as possible, and that includes getting rid of any flooring or materials that dramatically dates your décor. Before listing a property, consider making some minor remodeling upgrades. Because the front hall is normally a smaller space, it may be a good place to invest some extra effort and give it a more modern appeal. Hardwoods or tile are extremely popular nowadays.
Get a handle on it
What’s the first thing a person touches when walking into your home? If your door handle is in need of a polish or needs to be changed, it may be worth hiring a handyman to install a quality piece of hardware. If the front door experiences jams or squeaks, give it some TLC before you throw the welcome sign on the front lawn. A home in disrepair is usually a home that doesn’t sell.
Mirrors and artwork
If your entrance is small, a mirror creates a trick of the eye and will expand the space. An interesting piece of contemporary art can also create a memorable entrance for a purchaser. Whichever you choose, remember the first impression is the one that lasts. Take time to ensure that every potential homebuyer feels welcomed when walking in.
How do you create a welcome feeling at your front entrance?
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