As a Home Stager, I am shocked at how many of my clients have one or both of their entry-ways adorned with lovely, open-air shoe-racks.
I will never stop harping on the fact that the most important "impact area" in a property is that point where they step through the entry-way.
We need to be so mindful of how that entire entry-way scene hits the buyer's five senses. Yes, this includes their sense of smell.
I will tell you what these free-standing, out-in-the-open shoe-racks immediately tells a buyer:
1. Oh great, this property is seriously lacking storage. Where am I going to put all of my belongings?
2. Lovely, all I can smell is dirty feet. I wonder if they actually maintain their home.
3. Wow, this entry-way feels very cramped, cluttered, and small. I wonder if the rest of the property feels like this.
As you can see, these are not favorable impressions to make on a buyer right from the start. And, due to the fact that surveyed home-buyers say that they are willing to pay more money for extra or lots of storage space, we want to ensure we are not highlighting a lack thereof.
What can you do to fix this?
1. Simply get rid of the shoe-rack altogether.
2. Pack away or donate footwear that is not currently being used.
3. You can even put a small storage bench in the place of the shoe-rack, where anything stored will be out of sight.