Preparing Your Home For Sale The Entryway Or Foyer
Preparing Your Home For Sale The Entryway Or Foyer
Curb appeal is the first impression of the outside of
your home, the entryway or Foyer creates the first impression of the inside of
your home. As the front door opens and
you enter, what are your first impressions?
What is the first thing you notice?
Is it a focal point piece of furniture, a light fixture, beautiful
floors or it could be a sound or a smell?
Again, if what you see in your first impression is positive, play that aspect
up. If it’s a drawback then address
it. Here are some things to think about with
a few remedies or solutions to drawbacks.
visual impression: spacious, cozy or
cramped? Whether it’s a separate foyer
or an entry into a living or family room visual space is important. Spacious feels great and is the impression
you want to create. Even a small space
that feels cozy and warm works. It’s the
impression of “cramped” that will need attention. Removing a piece or two of furniture,
pictures and especially coats, shoes, etc. that can tend to accumulate in an
entryway will help address that cramped feeling.
If your floors are a showcase feature consider
removing any rugs or mats, then clean and shine the floors so they can be a
draw for your potential buyers. 3.
Staircases can often be the first thing people
see when they enter a home. Give
attention to the carpet removing any stains, paint or stain any worn spots on
any wood. Polish or wax metals and wood
, clean (and paint if necessary) dirty walls and handrails. Also, make sure that the banister is secure
and doesn’t wobble when someone grabs onto it. 4.
Assess the lighting in your foyer. Sometimes adding a new fixture or relocating
a decorative lamp to the area can create the a brighter effect. Make sure the fixtures, lamps and switches
are clean with all bulbs operational.
Replace any bulbs that are burned out immediately to avoid even the
slight impression of lack of maintenance.
Keep the floors clean. It may be necessary to have your carpets
cleaned, then vacuumed regularly. Sweep
and shine any wood or tile. 6.
Make sure any mirrors, pictures or other wall
hangings are clean, dusted and free of fingerprints. 7.
Clean your baseboards. 8.
Give attention to the front door itself, both
interior and exterior. That means using
window cleaner on any glass, clean and/or polish door handles and make sure the
dust is washed away from any ridges. 9.
Listen for any sounds that may need
attention: oil hinges to eliminate creaking doors and tighten screws on things that rattle. 10.
Other ideas that can add to an entryway include
mirrors, a piece of furniture or art as a focal point, fresh flowers or a live
plant, and an area rug if it doesn’t hide or detract from nice flooring. 11.
Lastly, keep your home smelling clean and
fresh. Sometimes the ‘aroma’ of last
night’s dinner can linger. Scented
candles, Scentsy burners or air freshener can help but keep it light! Too much fragrance can be a deterrence.
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Sandy Setliff is a Realtor® with JP and Associates Realtors®.
She specializes in residential real estate sales in McKinney, Allen,
Frisco, Anna, Melissa and Van Alstyne, Texas. She can be reached at 214 620
1615/cell, 972 375 9448/office or via email at [email protected]. To subscribe to my monthly email
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Author:Sandy Setliff Phone: 818-519-3670 Dated: February 22nd 2014 Views: 1,496 About Sandy: Sandy Setliff, a longtime resident of North Texas, specializes in residential real estate sales in C...
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