Selling Your Home? It’s Time for Entry Mats

by Chris Martin on January 3, 2014

Preparing to sell your home is a lot like planning to go out on a first date. Even though the other party may know a little bit about you, you still want to do everything you can to put your best foot forward. For home sellers, that means making whatever repairs are necessary to make sure the home is in perfect working order. It’s also essential to fix landscaping, freshen front door areas, and take other steps to maximize your home’s curb appeal. You may even want to “stage” the interior of your home so it better appeals to any potential buyers that may visit. And as you go through this important process of getting your home ready to sell, do not forget the importance of incorporating entry mats into your plan.

In most cases, you’ll probably have to show your home before it sells. Ideally, you want as many people as possible to see your home first-hand, because these individuals are more likely to make you an offer on your home. But the more visitors you have, the more soils and particulates that can be tracked inside; and over time, this dirt can accumulate on your floors and tarnish your home’s appearance. It may be challenging to keep your floors clean while you are showing your home, especially in high-traffic areas. Floor mats can help trap the unwanted dirt from footwear, keeping it off of your interior floors so that they look clean and appealing.

When thinking about where to place entry mats, it’s often not enough to limit your attention to the front door area. While this may be the most high-trafficked spot, many buyers will want to inspect all parts of the property when visiting. This may mean checking out the garage, basement area, back yard, or other outdoor areas. So it’s wise to place an entry mat in front of any door where people may pass from outside to inside and vice-versa.

Entry mats are especially valuable if you are trying to sell your home during a season where inclement weather is common. If the forecast often calls for significant rain showers, or if the wintertime brings snow and ice to your area, then it will be much easier for potential buyers to track moisture into your home. However, a good floor mat can trap this moisture and prevent it from being scattered onto your interior floors, where it can present a slip-and-fall hazard to guests. And let’s face it: if someone slips, falls, and injures himself or herself while visiting a home, the chances are slim that he or she will want to buy it.

Finally, floor mats can be helpful for owners who are not on site during the home selling process. Sometimes, families have to move to a new location prior to selling the home, which means leaving it vacant. In these instances, it can be a challenge to keep the floors clean and presentable without the ability to constantly wipe up moisture and dirt. Entry mats can greatly reduce the amount of liquid and particulates that wind up on your floors so they can remain ready for anyone who wishes to “drop by” with little notice to see the home.

Certainly, entry mats can be beneficial for inhabited homes as well as small businesses. But they can also be an integral part of helping to prepare a home to be sold. After all, you don’t want to lose a potential sale because of a poor first impression created by unsightly floors.

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