Staging Tip: Update Your Entry

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Home Stager with Staging Impressions

For many of us we live with things in our home for years and then when we are ready to sell our house  we start doing work and regret that we hadn't done it sooner; or we hope that we can put our houses on the market without tackling repairs.  I have a long term goal of moving down south so I have a short term goal of tackling projects that I know as a professional Home Stager should be done before I go on the market.  I tackled one of those projects this week that I want to share.

My condo has the original builder's tile and it had dark grout that was hard to clean and made the entry look dingy.  I recommend having tile cleaned and grout stained to my clients so I took my own advice.  I had a company clean the tile and grout and then stain the grout with a light stain so that the grout lines fade into the background.  It is amazing what a difference this makes and how it lightens and updates the look of my foyer.  I know those all important few seconds to make a great first impression are going to be positively impacted. 

To enhance the first impression I will put out a new fresh welcome mat on the outside when I'm ready to go on market.  I can't tell you how many homes I have visited with old tired welcome mats.  This is a small expense to give buyers a clean and fresh greeting.  I have also updated my entry rug to complement the foyer.  If your entry floor is in great shape, still take a look at how you greet potential buyers at the door.  Does your door mat say welcome?   Has your entry rug had one too many soles wiped on it. 

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Rainer
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Elle Larsen, Sold On Sight Staging, Littleton, CO
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Deborah,

You are so right, the entry is the first impression that either welcomes buyers, or puts the first "to do" on their list.  It is also so true that when you breeze through the door everyday, you rarely stop to think how visitors see it.  Good job taking your own advice!

Jun 20, 2008 04:59 AM #1
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Kristina Leone
Lionheart Home Staging, LLC - Minneapolis, MN

I would love to see the "after" photo on your project!  A poor entry can give buyers a negative impression of the house before seeing all the features.  Great topic!

Jun 20, 2008 07:25 AM #2
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Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
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Nothing says outdated like old tile with grungy grout! Great advice!

Jun 20, 2008 07:28 AM #3
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Deborah Chene
Staging Impressions - Farmington Hills, MI

Thanks for your comments on my entry tips.  Kristina I would love to share the photos so hopefully they will reflect the significant change cleaning and staining grout can make in an entry.

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Jun 21, 2008 02:18 AM #4
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