Is your Front Entrance making a positive first impression or a negative one?
The front entrance is the first impression people get of your home. If they walk into a messy entrance full of shoes, coats and kids’ backpacks just thrown on the floor, well, they are naturally going to think the rest of the house is like that even if it isn’t. So you’re creating a false impression in peoples’ mind which will take work to reverse that first negative impression.
Likewise, if the front entrance is neat and tidy, trendy with neutral paint colors, the buyer automatically has a favorable impression before seeing the rest of the house.
The Challenge with Front Entrances is:
We live in a fast past world so usually the front entrance is the dumping ground for mail, kids stuff, parents stuff and it ends up looking quite cluttered. One family’s home I staged had two boys in rep hockey which meant that the hockey equipment usually stayed near the front entrance since each boy had approximately 3 games a week.
Also, alot of homeowners add to the entrance a table or bench that is placed there just for the sole purpose of holding junk. Well, that’s a recipe for an unfavourable first impression from a potential buyer.
Benches OR side tables near the front entrance are fine if:
- They fit into the decor of the home
- They’re appropriate in size and not blocking an entrance way or too close to a door opening. They need to look like they belong
- They’re not overloaded with stuff. In other words, they need to be free of clutter
Some houses are large enough to support both a bench and a buffet. I have seen chairs on either side of a side table and it looks stunning, BUT the entrance way/hallway must be wide enough to support it.
Homeowners often add extra cupboards, coat racks, shoe racks etc to the entrance way to store their belongings that don’t fit into the closet. You’re just telling potential buyers that your closet doesn’t have enough storage space. Get rid of these extra items. They don’t belong!
Closets should be about half to two-thirds full. If you’re storing both fall/winter & spring/summer jackets, hats, shoes/boots etc in your closet, pack up the off-season clothing and store them elsewhere. You don’t need them to be taking up valuable real estate.
That goes for shoes too. Just keep a couple of pairs of shoes in the closet. The rest are going to need to be stored elsewhere. You should be able to see the floor of the closet!
Your entrance way needs to set the tone of the home. It needs to be peaceful, calm and serene.
I’m Debi Collinson, a Designer. Stager. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my first home. The sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I never looked back. Since then, I have been helping clients make their homes look like they came out of a magazine. I have helped clients earn money for their home beyond their expectations.
I’m also a real estate investor. I buy “fixer uppers” and either flip them for a healthy profit, or turn them into profitable rental properties. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Come join me as I share my tips & secrets along the way.