How the front door could sell your house

Reblogger Maureen McCabe
Real Estate Agent with HER Realtors

First impressions, how the front door could sell your house is advice from a Texas home stager about your front door.

Many City of Worthington front doors are cute...or interesting, Old Worthington, Rush Creek but when you get outside 270 or west of the Olentangy in areas that are Worthington schools but in newer developments doors can be pretty boring.  A lot of sellers could stand out from the rest of the market just by using a few staging tricks at the front door.   I guess there are some City of Worthington neighborhoods where the front door is pretty mundane too. 

Not a bad thing to have a pretty front door even if you are not selling, is it?

Chris's photographs show you what some relatively minor updates can do.  Thanks to Chris for allowing her post to be re-blogged. 

Original content by Chris Twing

Everyone knows first impressions mean a lot. When it comes to selling your home the first thing potential buyers see is the front of your house. For some this begins at the curb and for others it's the front door. For this reason it is incredibly important to remember these areas when getting your house ready to sell.

In fact having a terrific entry is so important Anita Cooper of Realty Biz News recently listed replacing the front entry door as one of the top three home improvement projects which "mostly pay for themselves."

2 Reasons the front door is so important when selling your home.

  1. Most home owners begin their search either by looking online themselves or reviewing listings online sent to them by their realtors. The thumbnail accompanying the listing is generally a shot of the front of the house with the focal point of the photo being the front door. If potential buyers are not impressed with this first photo they often won't bother to look at the home any further.
  2. Potential buyers spend a good amount of time at the front door waiting for their realtor to open the lock box and unlock the door. This gives them ample time to notice even small things, such as peeling paint, a broken door bell or the worn finish of the door hardware. This was just the case with a home I recently staged in Leander, Texas. Take a look.

Front-Door-Before-Collage

When potential buyers see neglected repairs such as a broken door bell or peeling paint they start wondering what else needs repaired. Even minor things such as these will have the buyer keeping a mental tally of how much less they plan to offer.

While replacing a front door may be the optimal solution it often doesn't fit into the budget. But there are plenty of other ways to add appeal to your entry.

How to stage your front door.

  • Repaint. Paint is a home sellers best friend. It is inexpensive, DIY friendly and makes a huge difference.
  • Add a potted plant or flowers.
  • Change the door hardware.
  • Put out a new welcome mat.

See what a difference these simple changes made to this front door.

Front-Door-After

First a complimentary shade of green paint was applied to the door along with a vining plant attached to a topiary trellace. Then door hardware was replaced with a new set in an oil rubbed bronze finish. Last a door mat was added.

Now that the home has a welcoming entry buyers will be imagining themselves welcoming their guests through the door. This is exactly what home staging is designed to do. Make potential buyers begin to see themselves living in your house. This helps them form an emotional attachment to the house and emotions equal offers.

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Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

The front door as well as proper landscaping are keys to selling your home...It is the first thing a buyer sees afterall.

Jan 25, 2012 01:23 AM #1
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Well yeah...  I think that's the point of the post re-blogged for the GENERAL public...  

Jan 25, 2012 01:36 AM #2
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Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

We have a lot of interesting doors here in Albuquerque.  Color is a touchy subject with some HOAs, but we have people out here who prefer bright reds. 

Jan 25, 2012 04:24 AM #3
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
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I did not really think about colors / HOAs.  Old Worthington and Rush Creek Village in Worthington are both neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places... whole neighborhoods so they are very controlled.   HOA are not all that common in Worthington schools because of the age of the neighborhoods... Lewis Center, Powell, Dublin more HOA, but of course sellers have to be sure to follow HOA rules if their residence is subject to them.

Jan 25, 2012 05:11 AM #4
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