A clean, uncluttered entry hallway

Here is where the potential buyer first transitions from looking at the exterior of your home to the interior. It’s where the first and perhaps most important impression of the living area is made.

As with curb appeal, if the buyer first sees a well maintained entryway the proper mindset has been achieved. On the other hand, if there is clutter all about, you will have lost an important opportunity for a good first impression.

Here are some tips for properly staging the entry area of your home.

  • Keeping the entryway free of clutter will make the house seem larger. That’s usually a good way to start.
  • To the extent possible, make sure the entryway is well lit or otherwise bright and inviting.
  • Is a new welcome mat needed? It’s essential it be what it is supposed to be, welcoming. If need be, buy a new one.

Bottom line here is, don’t neglect the entryway when you’re staging your home for resale.


I like to think of home staging as the process of getting your home and its contents ready to present to a very wide audience. Hopefully lots of different people will visit your home and they will represent a whole host of differing ideas of what’s appealing and what isn’t. How well you complete the staging process will have a major impact on a buyer’s impression of your home.

Let’s be clear too on the difference between getting your home ready to sell and staging the home. They’re not always the same. A thorough cleaning and making needed repairs is necessary and part of your overall preparation, but staging is something else entirely. Think of staging as more of an artistic endeavor; furniture layouts, lighting, removing nonessential items from shelves and so forth. That’s staging.

The purpose of staging a home to sell is simply to make your home appear as attractive and enticing as it possibly can be in the eyes of a large and diversified audience of potential buyers.