In our first installment of the Spring Cleaning Series we are tackling your entryways! First impressions are so important, particularly when it comes to selling a home. The entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home and an unorganized entryway will turn off buyers immediately. Spring is a popular time for buying and selling real estate so it is crucial for your home to be in excellent shape. Following these tips will enhance any home’s entryway and give it an edge over the competition.
Remove Unnecessary Clutter
Entryways often become the space where members of the household drop items when they come in the door. It can accumulate many things including mail, keys, shoes and bags. Going through these items and throwing away or donating anything unnecessary will instantly open up the space and create a more welcoming environment for potential buyers.
Paint the Walls
Applying a fresh coat of paint to the entryway is always a good idea when listing your home. Choose warm tones for an inviting feel, a crisp white to brighten up the space, or a rich red for a bold pop of color. The paint will also cover up any marks or imperfections which have accumulated on the walls over time.
Take Down Family Photographs
It’s important that a buyer is able to picture themselves in your home. This is difficult to do if the walls are covered with family photos and personal knick-knacks. Instead, hang a painting or grouping of mirrors to add character, but leave the space open to the buyer’s imagination.
Organize the Coat Closet
A coat closet in the entryway can easily become overwhelmed with winter coats, hats and gloves during the colder months. Spring is a perfect time to go through the coat closet and clean out any items that no longer fit or have become outdated. Add a second rod or a closet rod extender to the closet to double the amount of storage space. Always follow the half-full rule throughout the home sale process and leave the closet only half full in order for the space to look larger.
If you do not have a coat closet, explore other inexpensive options such as an entryway bench with cubbies for baskets coupled with a coat hanger. Place loose items like hats, gloves and boots in matching baskets for a cleaner look.
Create a Seating Area
Larger entryways can seem overwhelming to potential buyers. Break up the space by placing a circular table with fresh flowers and coffee table books in the center, or use a more extensive entryway bench. This will lend a more inviting feel to the entryway and also show off the potential that the extra space.
A clean and inviting entryway will peak a potential buyers interest and entice them into wanting to see more of a home. An attractive entryway can also add value to a home and lead to a quicker sale if it is organized in the correct fashion. Set the tone as soon as buyer’s walk in your door with these tips!