Don't judge a house by its door...

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It doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as the famous ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ phrase, but it seems that we are being a little bit prejudiced when it comes to house-hunting.

It can be very distracting to be viewing a house with horrifically ugly furniture, and some people will need the agent to keep reminding them that the heinous floral sofa won’t be there if you choose to move in. On the other side of the coin there are the super DIYers that have mastered the art of walking into a house with molding bathroom walls and seeing a luxury Jerusalem stone wet-room with a built-in waterproof TV.

Whoever you are, the likelihood is that you don’t want to devote your life into making a grubby home a gorgeous home, most want to find a house that doesn’t need anything major reworking but is ready to have a few personal touches added.

So it stuns me that a survey by HotProperty in the UK has found that 1/3 of people would be put off making an offer on a property with a pink front door. Purple, gray, orange and yellow were also found to be offensive front door colors. The color of a front door is certainly important for creating the right image of the property from the outside, but a deal breaker? Surely not.

To those people who have found the home of their dreams, and are being put off making an offer because of the color of the front door, you may be interested in this article that clearly takes you through how to repaint the door yourself. Yes you may have to give up your Sunday afternoon and get a bit messy, but £25 on a tin of paint is probably less costly than losing your perfect pad.

And if your house has been hanging around on the market a bit longer than you anticipated, then maybe you should consider repainting your door to please prospective buyers. The survey has found that the majority of people prefer a nice white front door.

Doesn’t matter if you’re black or white? I’m afraid it does if you’re a door Michael.


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Bob Jakowinicz
National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz - Livonia, MI
Michigan Real Estate Agent-- MI RE Adventures
It's funny when your showing a home and the buyers hate it over things like the furniture, paint colors, etc.  But they feel what they feel, sorry to say those things do affect how the house shows to some extent.
Mar 05, 2008 03:05 AM #1
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes
Agreed...this is why staging is so important...put a home in the best light for the most potential clients!
Mar 05, 2008 03:08 AM #2
Virginia Parker
Realm Real Estate Professionals-Magnolia - Magnolia, TX
Magnolia Texas Real Estate
I know it is true but I will never understand why people look at the furniture, it isn't going to be there when they move in. 
Mar 05, 2008 03:29 AM #3
Joe Adams
Major Mortgage USA/Branch Manager - Montrose, CO
I am not suprised.  A buyers first impressions will over rule a lot of things and if the buyer is thinking OMG as they see the front door, then the rest of the home has little chance.  If you hate the cover you set up negative in  your mind to hate the inside.............
Mar 05, 2008 03:51 AM #4
Poppy Dinsey
Globrix - Anaheim, CA
London, UK
I agree with you all that I'm not surprised that first impressions are very important, but it is strange how we don't see past the things that can so easily be changed. 
Mar 05, 2008 03:54 AM #5
Michael Wayne Jackson
Coldwell Banker - Novato, CA
Realtor - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato
It really depends on the buyer as you mentioned some can look past the colors or furniture and some can't..
Mar 05, 2008 04:45 AM #6
Audrey Hoffman
VoteAudrey blog - Columbia, SC


When there's so many houses on the market on to choose from, you don't want to gamble that someone will "see past" ugly furnishings or a funky door color.  To quote Melissa Marro, fellow stager, "Staging makes sense---dollars and cents!"  Sure it may be as simple as painting a wall, but home buyers want MOVE IN READY.  And they'll find it at the house next door, in this market.  

All the best,


Mar 05, 2008 04:46 AM #7
Paula Hartwick
Royal LePage Gale Real Estate - Kanata, ON
Such a simple thing to do too is just paint the front door. Unless of course it's like -15 celsius which I think it is here (Arnprior, ON) at the moment.
Mar 05, 2008 04:55 AM #8
Emily Lowe
The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty - Nashville, TN
Nashville TN Realtor
And I have a couple of clients who just have to have a RED door.  i.e. "it's a sign!"
Mar 05, 2008 06:51 AM #9
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce
Cosmetics are one thing...curb appeal another...we once had a listing that had been re-done down to the studs but the outside was sooooooooooo ugly no one would go in it....until one Sunday afternoon we got a step inside and POOF !  Double popped !
Mar 05, 2008 07:49 AM #10
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

O.K.  So, I have a door fetish. 

I can tell everyone right here and now that the front door is very important. 

Make sure it works correctly, easy locks and open and shut.

Make sure it's clean and not too bright from the street.

Make sure it's beautiful and inviting.  Don't let the front door become a barrier. 

If you're front door doesn't have side-lites, have one with windows for light. Otherwise, you have a dark and uninviting foyer. 

Mar 05, 2008 08:57 AM #11
Todd and Danielle Millar
Glenn Simon Inc. - Edmonton, AB
Sixteen years of excellence!
I like a black door with a gorgeous lion head knocker. Pink, blue or green? Forget it! But I am savvy to know it is a discount waiting to happen!
Mar 05, 2008 10:33 AM #12
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
I had  a client and his wife that looked at several houses, and when we came to one they said it was peerfect "except" one wall in the small bedroom was the wrong color.  They didn't want to paint it, they didn't want the seller to paint it and when I offered to have a professional paint it, they said " no it just wouldn't wipe out the vision they first had.  I then took them back to the office (without showing them the rest of the houses I set up) and told them they were waisting my time and sent them on their way.
Mar 05, 2008 02:46 PM #13
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI
First impressions are important. Make that door red! I had a couple that would only buy a house if the front door faced west. We looked at a lot of houses......
Mar 05, 2008 02:53 PM #14
Max Kim
MetroPointe Group LLC. - Newport Beach, CA

Very true.

 I don't know why the furniture is so important. I do agree the staging is very important, b/c buyers can't imagin w/o visualization.

Mar 05, 2008 04:03 PM #15
Poppy Dinsey
Globrix - Anaheim, CA
London, UK

Paula - Of course, if it's freezing cold it may not be so easy! I guess in that case anyone with a pink door should hope the colour isn't so offensive when offset by pretty snow :-D

Todd & Danielle - That's my favourite kind of door too. A big lion knocker on a thick black I just need a grand enough house to get away with it!

William - That must have been very frustrating, I think you were right to cut them loose.


Mar 05, 2008 07:06 PM #16
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
In my opinion...if the furniture is old and ghastly looking...get rid of one wants it and no one will buy what is worthless...
Mar 05, 2008 10:30 PM #17
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Many buyers can't see beyond their surroundings..

I have found the best showings are lite and bright with sparse, but attractive furnishings. 

Mar 06, 2008 01:49 AM #18
Marisa Ladd
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Austin, TX Real Estate
I think the Red door request is a pretty common one -- I've heard it from a few clients.  I would say red would probably come in second to white.
Mar 06, 2008 03:45 AM #19
Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent
I never really thought about the door being an issue. I know I am probably going to paint when I buy a house. It's an affordable way to make it yours!
Mar 06, 2008 05:26 AM #20
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