Staging the Facade and Entry
Home staging is the process of presenting your home to appeal to your target market. The external part of your house is one of the first things buyers come in contact with, perhaps even just as part of a drive by viewing so it is important that you present it in the best possible way.
First things first, give the outside of your home a wash down with a high-pressure hose to clear away dirt and cobwebs. If after all the washing has taken place, you still feel it doesn’t look as great as it should, you may wish to give the front door a new coat of paint.
For timber homes, repainting the exterior certainly enhances its appearance and at times, a change in color is called for. If the budget doesn’t allow for a total paint job, you can freshen up the exterior by simply touching up those spots that need the most attention.
Clear out the gutters. Fix any obvious damage to the façade including the fence, wire or metal doors, etc. Once all the above is done, it gives the impression that your house is well cared for.
Here is a checklist to help you stage the house façade yourself:
- Make a list of the obvious things that need attention.
- Spot and budget for painting where and when necessary.
- Wash down painted surfaces and remove cobwebs.
- Mend and trim the fence if it’s a live one (example, a hedge).
- Have a well-presented and clean letterbox.
- Clear out the gutters and fix any damages.
- Check that all doors open and close easily.
- Clean dirt and loose gravel off concrete or paved paths and steps.
The entry point to your home leaves a lasting first impression and so it should be as warm and as inviting as it can be.
You could have some small but beautiful looking flowers leading up to your front door, all weeded, watered and looking healthy. Small trees along the path or a short live fence, well trimmed might also add to the glamour.
Your entrance door should be sparkling clean and with no squeaks. The entrance should also be well lit and ventilated. A welcoming fresh air or sweetened aroma should invite the buyer into the home.
Check the following to stage your entry:
- Keep the pathway clean and stable.
- Have a warm colourful welcome mat.
- Check the doors to ensure they are in good condition, clean and open easily and with no squeaks.
- Refresh the paint on your front door if necessary.
- Clear all clutter from your entry. This gives the impression of ample space.
- Light up the entrance point.