When Nice Looking Just Isn't Enough

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attracting buyers to your home?

Curb appeal - maybe an overused phrase?  According to studies, buyers are extremely influenced by curb appeal.  People really do want to buy a beautiful home - and the view from the curb is key to enticing them to make an appointment to see more. 

This newer home in a great neighborhood had so much going for it - especially a fantastic back yard.  While discussing curb appeal with the owners I recommended several things - one of which was painting the front door.  I recommended a few bold colors which would draw attention to the front door and add come much needed contrast to this manilla view. 

The owners really hesitated to paint the door a bold color, but rather than discard my recommendation, they decided to drive through some high end neighborhoods and see how they compared.  Very quickly they realized the value of zipping up their door color.  Custom homes usually have rich colored doors, and more visual interest than this cream colored home.

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The door knob was brass and worn, which they replaced with a new oiled bronze color set which matched the light fixture.  Other changes are also being made over the next few days which will add some finishing "zing" on their curb appeal project.

Thinking about preparing your home for sale?  Starting at the curb and implementing a few simple changes can have a huge impact on how buyers will perceive your homes value.  Spend a little time cleaning away the cobwebs, painting the door, cleaning the kick plate or changing hardware and see what a difference just simple changes can have on your curb appeal!



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Want more ideas on how to create great curb appeal or increasing the odds for a quick sale?  Creative Concepts and Contracting offers professional home staging and contracting services for Salem Oregon and surrounding areas.  Contact us for recommendations that can set your home apart on the internet and in person at 503-881-0886!

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Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty
Leolinda Realty - Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona

Curb appeal includes the driveway.  Park the car in the garage, isn't it what it is for?  Besides that, gives the buyer the perception that the garage is too small or that there is not enough storage for all their stuff.

Jul 13, 2009 04:29 AM #1
Connie Lou Barnett
Real Living/Home Realty - Owensboro, KY


   You are right on with the importance of curb appeal.  That's what makes the phone ring on most occasions. Thanks for sharing.

Connie Lou

Jul 13, 2009 04:30 AM #2
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

I agree about parking the cars in the garage.  This home also needs the porch painted, some pressure washing etc.  For this post - I really wanted viewers to focus only on the difference between the color of paint on the doors and the difference it makes -- not the other items that area being worked on additionally.  I'll post the final photos later (they will have some other surprising changes!).

Connie - We love to help make that phone ring for home sellers with their agent saying there's an offer!

Jul 13, 2009 04:35 AM #3
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

A freshly painted door adds a nice punch of color! Blooming plants in a bright pot also can be a good eye catching detail. Powerwashing is always a good idea too. Good luck!

Jul 13, 2009 04:36 AM #4
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

It would also help if the picture was taken with the autos out of the driveway.  Unless it was a mercedes, of course.

Jul 13, 2009 04:46 AM #5
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

It's funny how the least little thing makes some of the biggest changes.

Jul 13, 2009 05:04 AM #6
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Margaret -- looking forward to seeing the "After" when the other changes are made!

Jul 13, 2009 05:37 AM #7
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

You were right on the money with that one.  I like the fact that they drove around to better understand what you were wanting them to do.  It's fantasic when the client gets involved!

Jul 13, 2009 07:31 AM #8
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Big Bang for small bucks!  Looks really nice and inviting with a red door.

Jul 13, 2009 08:59 AM #9
Leslie Stewart
Oregon Licensed Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals - Stayton, OR
Realtor, ABR, CRS, Oregon Licensed Broker

Nice color against all that white.  I am glad they took your advice.

Jul 13, 2009 02:35 PM #10
Christine Rae
CSP International Business Training Academy - Saint Catharines, ON
Founder of CSP Intl Academy & StagingTraining.com

a good tip when applying color like this is to use it three times - so adding pits with red geraniums would really help harmonize the color. It does make a huge difference all by it self but curb appeal is such a small window of opportunity for capturing interest you relly do have to pull out all the stops:)

Jul 13, 2009 06:10 PM #11
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Love the red door Margaret.  Also love Christine's comment on using 3's here.  I tell clients that the exterior of their home will show best when 3 paint colors are used.  The fascia and any window trim, (if there is any)  can be one color and the door another to add the pop and pizazz.  Looking forward to your after shots!

Jul 14, 2009 02:41 AM #12
Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Denver, CO
Staging For Denver Realtors, Builders

I recently consulted with a client who had an almost red kind of rust door that needed more coats of paint to look fresh. I suggested a deep red, but the painters I recommended told her Black is the new Red. Who knew? It turned out looking great.

This red door does look much better than plain vanilla. Hope they finish sprucing up the front entry. It makes a huge difference!

Jul 14, 2009 03:01 AM #13
Kathy Alexander
GreatStages Home Staging and Redesign - Vancouver, WA
Home Stager Camas WA, Home Staging Southwest WA

I, too, was recently told that Black is considered the newer look, Tessa. I guess that the Colonial we had back in Virginia was just ahead of its' time!

Margaret, keep working with these sellers so that they are able to get maximum curb appeal for their efforts!

Jul 14, 2009 12:33 PM #14
Peg Prather
Vancouver, WA
Vancouver, WA

You are right, now the door looks custom instead of builders grade. Can't wait to see the finished product, I know it will be awesome! (Ding-Dong, it's your stager, here to help!!)

Jul 14, 2009 02:50 PM #15
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

The red door is fantastic.  How about adding a black urn planter with red flowers to the left of the door?  This would be the perfect accessory to the beautiful front door.  Great job.

Jul 19, 2009 08:17 AM #17
Cathy Brosius
Arranged Smartly LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Home Staging St. Louis region

Margaret, I'm a little behind on reading posts but I had to comment. White doors drive me crazy! Why do you think there are so many--because people are afraid to choose the wrong color? This is a perfect example of how a home stager can help the seller. The red door is a huge improvement!

Aug 01, 2009 09:06 AM #18
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