My kids still do it, and I bet yours do to. It’s not as frequent now that they are grown and on their own, but when they come by for a visit, it’s still the same. All the way from first grade through High School, the second they walked in the door they would start shedding the stuff they were carrying like a pair of lobsters shedding their shells.
Boxes dropped and shoes kicked off right by the door. Next to hit the ground were the jackets, book bags, athletic gear, purses and computer bags. This stuff usually made it past the door, but never past the bottom of the stairs. I can still see them both wiggling and writhing from the front door into the kitchen, dropping stuff with each step. At the end of the day the door and the stairs would look like a turned over clothing drop box for a thrift store. Sound familiar?
Here we are with the third installment in our series on home staging. In this post, a local Home Staging Professional and a familiar face, Dorothy Featherling, owner of Stage & Sell in Georgetown, shares her ideas on how to get your home’s interior, specifically the inside entryway, in shape for a sale. In the last post, Dorothy shared her ideas on getting the outside ready. Well, it’s time to get the buyer to walk through the door. If your entryway is as inviting as “a pair of warm, loving arms,” you’re not only going to draw them into the home, you’re going tempt them to explore the rest of the house.
Get Over It, Kids! Mom and Dad Have A Home To Sell.
So kids, for awhile, you’re going to have to rethink this whole dump your stuff in the entryway thing. I know it’s going to be a hardship for awhile, but if you don’t mind, and if it’s not too much trouble, would you put that stuff in your room, and do it neatly? Kthanksbye!!
Why is Staging the Entryway So Important?
What’s the big deal about an entryway? After all, they’re only there a second or two before the dad is off to check out the garage, the mom heads straight for the kitchen and the kids make a bee line for the back yard. Well, don’t ask Dorothy a question like that, because I think she would tell you just how the cow ate the cabbage when it comes to entryways. The “wow factor” that Dorothy says is essential to get the buyer out of their car and up to the front door, still has to be present to get them over the threshold.
Issues to Consider When Staging Your Entryway.
Again, it’s the small stuff that will get you in trouble every time. Staging your inside entryway is a fundamental component for successfully preparing your home for sale. To skip over that fact is like tripping the potential buyer just as they walk in your home.
First Things First!
- Walk to your inside entryway, leave the door closed, stand back and just look at it. It better look good, because it is the last thing the potential buyer will see as they leave your home.
- Now look down at the corners of the entryway beside the door. You know there are bugs there, the question is how many. Seriously, what’s up with that? Are you saving them for your son’s 7th grade science class bug collection? Well, kind of.
- Now turn around but don’t move. Now look through your entryway to the den. Do you think you could walk in a straight line through your entryway with plenty of room either side of you, or would you have to dodge and weave like a halfback trying to find a hole through a wall of hands and helmets?
- Now look left and right at the walls. Do you see scuff marks, water stains or maybe what’s left of your little girl’s attempt at wall art with sidewalk chalk?
You see? We’ve just closed the door behind us, taken only one step into the home and already your day is ruined. Take heart, potential home seller. All is not lost. Dorothy Featherling, or as I like to call her, Super Stager, is here to help. Watch the detailed and action-packed video where Dorothy sweeps away your fears with her considerable knowledge and expertise.
Just like the issues with the outside of your home, a few simple ideas will make the job of getting the entryway in shape much more manageable.
If you are interested in learning more about Dorothy and Stage & Sell, watch the video, visit her website or just click here.