We’ve all heard the expression about “not having a second chance to make a first impression”. For anyone preparing their property for the market, this concept is often mentioned in preparing the front garden, or even the front façade of your home…But have you taken an objective look at your front entry?
Your front entry hallway or foyer is the first thing a buyer will see as they step through your front door, and it can set the tone for the entire inspection. You might look at it as the entrée to your property’s main course, but many sellers make the mistake of treating it as an afterthought, which can get any buyer inspection off on the wrong foot.
One important consideration is to ensure that your front entry is well organised and free of clutter. After all, you don’t want the first thought that enters a buyer’s mind to be that there is a shortage of storage space. If you currently don’t have any usable storage space in your entry, perhaps you might like to consider adding some coat hooks, a shoe rack or even a small shelf for car keys or the dog lead?
The next step is to view your entrance through the eyes of a first-time visitor. What are you looking at as you step through the door? If you are facing a wall, consider whether a colour highlight might make an impact, or perhaps a mirror to enhance the sense of space and light. Alternatively, do you have a piece of art that could enhance that first impression?
Depending on the size of your entrance, you might like to consider whether potted plants or some fresh flowers would add a splash of colour as well as an appealing scent. Remember, buyers use all their senses when inspecting a property, not just their eyes.
One other aspect of your front entry that often gets overlooked is the door furniture itself. A quality door handle and lock can make a positive impression with subtlety, and don’t forget to ensure that your door hinges operate smoothly and silently. A creaking front door is never a good first impression.
Of course, if you are in the midst of preparing your property for sale, a wise first step is to discuss your plans with one of the team at Ian Reid Buyer and Vendor Advocates. You can call us for objective and obligation-free advice on 9430 0000, and you’ll also find lots of helpful tips on selling your property in our free booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”, so feel free to download a copy while you’re here.