When people are staging their homes one commonly overlooked area is the entryway. It is just for shoes and coats, right? Wrong! Your entryway sets the tone for the entire interior of your home. Do not let it go neglected. Here are some home staging tips to help you get your entryway ready for your next showing:
First things first, de-clutter. Entryways are a common place for old shoes, winter jackets, gym bags, sports equipment, pet toys and more to build up. Start your staging by going through everything in the entryway and deciding whether it is essential to have there or not. Create three piles of things: keep, pack, donate.
Invest in some organization tools. Purchase new coat hangers, a shoe rack, little crates for scarves and mittens, etc. Also purchase some sort of storage for the items you don’t need. For example, now that is fall you don’t need your flip-flops and beach gear in the closet, so pack it away in a well-labeled storage bin. Remember: you can take all of this to your new home, so it will not be money wasted.
If you have a closet, great! If not, we recommend putting the shoe rack or storage out of the way for your showing. Keeping the entryway clear will open everything up and make the space seem bigger than it is.
Finally, have some fun with decorations! Keep it simple and bulk-free. A nice painting, potted plant, or fun wallpaper can be great styling choices. Remember to put away any personal photos or items. People want to be able to picture themselves in your home. They want to feel like they own it already, not like they’re intruding on your space.
Home staging is so important in successfully marketing and selling your home. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider hiring a professional home stager to give you some pointers or do the work for you. We also recommend you look back in our archive where we have blogs about how to stage every part of your home.
Have fun with it, we wish you all the best.