After good curb appeal, this is the next critical area for prospective buyers. While standing in the foyer they are formulating another decision - do I want to see more of the house? Or, have I seen enough? This is where buyers are deciding if:
- they like the layout
- the architectural features are appealing
- they like the finishes (flooring, window treatments, paint colour, doors and baseboards, etc)
- their senses are stimulated in a good way
- The list price is matching what the interior has to offer
Here are some quick tips to make sure buyers get a good first impression form the foyer:
- Update the door hardware to create a really positive first impression
- Remove coats, shoes and other clutter from behind the door so it opens easily.
- Make sure the entry is bright and well-lit, and hang a mirror to the side of the door.
- Sniff the air - make sure it is pleasing to the senses.
- Wash the walls and switch plates of hand prints, muck and splatters.
- Buy a neutral mat that is large enough for at least 3 people to stand on and comfortably remove their coats and footwear.
- Keep the walls clear of unnecessary pictures and adornments.
- Have a look around to see what spaces are visible from the foyer - these will be the areas where you will concentrate your efforts to create that lasting first good impression.