Create a Welcoming Foyer

Real Estate Agent with Windermere

When deciding to sell your home it is critical to create a welcoming foyer. I recommend this to all my clients in the Spokane Market, ( No one should overlook their foyer. Hope this helps all.

First impressions are always the most important. The same is true when selling your home. I always think of the foyer as one of the most important rooms in the home. The foyer is usually where first impressions are made. You need to have a warm, inviting foyer to welcome potential buyers into your home. It is important that when they walk in the front door, they feel like they could be walking into their own home. There are simple things that you can do to make your foyer the inviting space it should be when selling your home.

Before starting inside, take a good look at the area surrounding your front door. Many times this area is neglected even though it is really an extension of your foyer. Make sure the area is clean and tidy, light fixtures are in good working order and not desperately outdated, and the front door and railings have good coats of paint. Use an inviting color on the front door since this is the first thing people see as they approach, and a lifeless color will not invite anyone to enter. Add a couple of seasonal potted plants near the doorway. In winter months, a good choice is miniature varieties of common evergreens like juniper or boxwood for year-round color (and less maintenance).

Moving inside the foyer, you want to set the tone for the rest of the home. Make buyers feel like there is much more to see by creating interest and movement throughout the entryway. Remove all family photos and personalized items from this area. This should be done throughout the house, but it is especially important at the first point of contact with the buyer. You don't want the first thing they see to be someone else's wedding picture in "their" home. Next, add a beautiful area rug with rich colors and flowing movement to keep eyes moving around the room. Not only will this soften the floor lines and add some color, but it will also collect and hide unwanted dirt.

If space permits, move furniture so that you can add a seat or bench suggesting a cozy place for visitors to relax to take off shoes and soak in your beautiful home. However, avoid overcrowding the room with bulky furniture if the space is not large enough to accommodate it. If the room is smaller in size, consider hanging a wall mirror to brighten and enlarge the space. Adding a table or floor lamp is a wonderful idea so the room does not depend on harsh overhead lighting. It also adds a glow to the room creating that warm inviting feel you desire. Replace all burned out light bulbs in chandeliers, and consider replacing extremely outdated fixtures.

Set a flower arrangement on the side table with seasonal blooms for a welcoming scent and natural look. Artificial flowers will also work if you prefer less maintenance, but try to find realistic blooms that will still give that natural look. Be sure that this area smells terrific because if not, the buyer may not even look at the rest of the house. Odor instills questions in a buyer's mind. A musty smell will make them wonder if there are water problems. Smoke and pet odors, which no one likes, will make them wonder how much extra work and expense (like replacing the flooring or repainting) it will take to eliminate it. Avoid harsh smells that are overwhelming, and use fragrances that will be attractive to most people like vanilla or citrus. A neat, attractive entryway will welcome buyers and make them feel at home. Decorating and staging your foyer to be as functional and inviting as possible will create a great first impression to help sell your home as fast as possible.

This will truly make a difference in selling your home in the Spokane Real Estate Market,, as well as your market.


Comments (3)

Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY

Hi Staci,

I really enjoy your post, very important information and it is very kind of you to pass it on. Good Luck!!!


Sep 10, 2007 10:56 AM
Staci Krant
Windermere - Spokane Valley, WA
Thanks for the kind words Anthony, It really does make a difference.
Sep 10, 2007 12:08 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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