The first thing any visitor to your home is going to see is your hallway. If you are trying to sell your home it is even more important to get this part right. This can be a wonderful way to welcome buyers and a sign of what the rest of the house has to offer. Follow our top tips to make sure that your home is creating the right first impression.
- Clean up. This is always the first and best piece of advice that we can give to anybody trying to sell their home. Make sure that the entrance to your home is clean and smells fresh. Repair any damages and check that the carpet is laid properly and does not trip up your guests. Replace any missing beading from around the edge of your wood floor and give the floor a thorough mop or hoover.
- Show storage. If you and your family generally kick off your shoes onto a pile the minute you walk through the door then it is time to make some small changes. Move any shoes that aren’t worn on a regular basis to the bedroom of the person they belong to. There are lots of storage options available for shoes if you don’t have much room – consider a sliding storage box for under the bed or an over door hanger with pockets for pairs of shoes. For any shoes that need to stay put get a shoe rack or at the very least line them up neatly.
- Coat hooks. Picking up your coats and hanging them from hooks or a hat stand will instantly make your hall look more appealing. Again, only store the coats that you really need in the hall and put the rest away in your wardrobe. You want to show the buyer that there is room for the coats without making them have to squeeze through the hall past a bulky, overfilled coat hook which would only make the hall feel smaller than it really is.
- Hoover away. It may be convenient but if you are showing people around then leaving items such as the hoover or ironing board in the hallway is not a good idea. Anybody viewing the house will assume that there is a lack of storage space for cleaning equipment so put it away! Use the cupboard under the stairs or find another suitable space but try not to leave it on display.
- Pictures hung. If there are picture hooks in your hallway, use them. Art on the walls can be very welcoming and will add a lovely homely feel to the entrance to your home. If you have photographs of your family on the walls it might be a good idea to replace them with something less personal so that the buyer is not distracted and can visualise your house as a home for their own family.
- Fixtures and fittings. Make sure that door handles and plug sockets etc are properly secured and polished. Missing screws and bits hanging off will make potential buyers wonder what else hasn’t been properly cared for. Paying attention to the small details and making sure everything is taken care of will ensure that you make the best impression possible.
View your house through the eyes of a buyer and you will be in with a good chance of making a quick house sale in the new year.