- Fixed-fee estate agent Yopa offers some tips for creating a hallway to sell a home
- They include making sure the carpets are cleaned – and replaced if necessary
- Remove any coats, shoes and superfluous furniture to create a spacious feel
They say first impressions count and so the first few steps that a homebuyer takes into your property could decide if it gets sold.
This is advice of a Yopa estate agent Elizabeth Humphreys who explains that it is quite straight-forward to get a hallway that in itself could sell the entire house.
Her top tips include making sure the carpets are cleaned (and if necessary replaced), coats are tidied away and superfluous furniture is removed.
She said: ‘You only have to make some small tweaks in the hallway to sell the whole house. Making sure it is clean and tidy is important as you don’t want your buyers to feel grubby when they walk in.’
A hallway can sell a home says Yopa’s Elizabeth Humphreys, the estate agent handling the sale of this six-bedroom detached house in Bamburgh, Northumberland
The Northumberland property is being sold for offers in excess of £500,000
She added: ‘If you have furniture in your hallway that you need to move around to get through to the rest of the house, make sure it is removed from the house while the property is on the market.’
Ms Humphreys is also a fan of artwork, particularly on staircases as it can make the area look ‘more interesting’.
However, there are other things that are more difficult to resolve, explains Ms Humphreys.
She said: ‘Some people simply won’t buy a house if there is a front door that leads almost straight onto a staircase. People tend to like some space when they enter a property.’
She also suggested that modern staircases can also help open out a hallway and make them look more spacious.
In addition, it is good to make the most of windows if you have them, she says. These can help to flood the area with light, although she suggests dressing them well with modern curtains that don’t cover up too much of the panes.
The large windows in this hallway – which is part of a property for sale in Whittingham, Northumberland – help to flood the area with light
The Whittingham property has five bedrooms and is being sold by fixed-fee estate agent Yopa
Stacey Sibley, of Alexander James Interiors, said: ‘Hallways play a huge role in creating that perfect first impression of a property.
‘The hallway sets a tone for the rest of your home interiors so should never be neglected. Whether it be a small or vast entrance area, there is plenty that can be done to effectively enhance the room.’
She went on to suggest that for smaller hallways, the use of mirrors creates an illusion of extended space, making it look larger and brighter.
The hallway sets a tone for the rest of your home interiors so should never be neglected
And adding a pop of colour to a wall using paint or wallpaper can create an interesting focal point, taking attention away from the rooms size.
‘You can also make a feature of your staircase by placing a runner up the stairs, adding detail and warmth to what may otherwise be bland steps in your hallway,’ she said.
Ms Sibley also suggested the use of rugs add a comforting texture to a hallway, making it feel less cold and austere, as well as adding a focal point on entrance to the property.
And she added that lighting is extremely important in creating that perfect hallway.
‘Larger hallways present the opportunity to hang a large statement lighting piece, that give a wow factor as soon as you step through the front door. Smaller hallways benefit from subtler wall lights and occasional lamps on console table to highlight key areas of the room. ‘
A pop of colour has been introduced in this hallway in a property for sale in Alnmouth, Northumberland
The Alnmouth property is being sold by fixed-fee estate agent Yopa