Is it the Master bedroom? Kitchen? Bathroom - you know everyone needs at least one?
NO - it is the entry way, vestibule, foyer, receiving area, entry hall! Typically, we think of this area by one of those names and then give it no further thought. But this is a very important area and is the prospective buyers first view of the interior of the home. In my previous blog Looking Good , I covered the importance of the front door.
Now, they are inside.
Barbara Corcoran says "Every buyer will judge your house
within 8 seconds upon going in the first door.""
" We Will Leave The Lights On For You"
Flickr photo by DK10
Wow - We don't have much time - we had better get started!
- Give careful attention to the colors and details of this particular space. The colors should be warm and inviting - giving you a bit of a sense of intimacy - like the home is giving you a hug.
- A fresh flower arrangement, an impressive art piece, or a slender table to place keys and gloves on are good ways to say welcome.
- If there is adequate space, a low bench or a chair, where they might sit to slip shoes or boots on and off would be comforting. Here in Minnesota, footwear often stays near the front door because of our weather conditions. Balancing on one leg is extremely difficult for a lot of people.
- Make sure there are empty hangers in the entry closet and lots of room - so they can take their coats off and "make themselves at home".
- A small mirror to make last minute make up checks
- A lamp or two lit up says "Welcome Home" and they are just inside the front door!
This is a very important space - do not neglect it!
~Remember, they will see it both coming and going - stage both views.~