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  • Writer's pictureAron Pinto

Why Skipping Front Entrance Home Staging is a Huge Mistake

When selling their Waterloo Region home most people do put considerable effort into staging the interior of the property and even to the ‘outdoor living spaces’.

However, when it comes to the front entry often they ignore the potential this area has to add a huge shot of general and curb appeal in the eyes of potential buyers.

The front entry is the first impression of the home any visitor gets when visiting and, in the case of a potential buyer, something they may have already ‘scoped out’ on a pre-showing drive by.

This is especially true right now during the restrictions in place to help combat the spread of COVID-19. While it may be hard for them to see properties in person right now, that may not be the case soon and so driving through a neighborhood to ‘scope out’ potential further homes is something many soon-to-be Waterloo region homebuyers are doing.

Therefore, it is crucial the front entry to your home, especially as it is visible from the street, is one area that is in tip-top shape and, yes, staged for sale as well.

With all of this in mind, here are some tips and tricks you can utilize to get the most out of the front entrance space that leads to the heart of your home:

Ensure the Lead Up to the Home is Safe and Attractive

In addition to making sure that the walkway leading up to your home is debris – and weed – free you should also make sure it is clearly marked and can be well lit at night. You can achieve both of the later requirements by adding solar lighting stakes like those pictured above.

Add a Pop of Front Door Color

While you really cannot – and probably should not – paint the whole exterior of your home a brighter color to help it stand out from the crowd on your block a pop of color via a repainted front door can be both very effective and certainly very appropriate, especially if the home as a whole is rather neutral in hue (which most are)

Or Add a New Front Door Altogether

On an everyday basis, when living in a home, it’s easy not to pay too much attention to your front door at all, apart from the obvious; you enter and exit through it. If your front door could do with an upgrade this is actually a great opportunity to get creative and replace it with something truly striking and even a bit unique.

Make Sure the Numbers Stand Out

As we mentioned before, many home buyers will do a drive by past homes they are considering asking their real estate agent to show them at a later date.

In order to identify the home they will of course be looking for the number, even if they know vaguely – from listing photos perhaps – what it looks like. Therefore, as a seller you need to ensure that those numbers are easy to spot.

Replacing existing numbers with something larger is not all you can do. There are some really gorgeous, striking options out there, and they will cost you a few dollars each at most.

Stage a Welcome Area

If you have the space, you can create a sense of warmth and comfort by placing a piece or two of weather-resistant furniture near the entry.

A bistro set is an easy addition for any porch size — and a perfect spot to relax outdoors with a cup of coffee, a picture that will immediately impress most viewing the home, even from the street, and sow the seeds of positive possibilities in a potential home buyer’s mind before they have ever even stepped through your front door.

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