Enhance Your Front Entrance for Buyers - Is It Maybe the Garage Door?

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Enhance Your Front Entrance for Buyers - Is It Maybe the Garage Door?


If you are in the process of selling your home, take some time to go out and look at the exterior of your home.  Sure, you know about having it power-washed to get rid of the dingy dust covering it, and landscaping to make it look pretty.

And... you already know that the front entrance should look great.

Now... think about where that buyer will be coming into your home.  Will it really be that pretty front door?  Or did you tell your agent that you only wanted the lock box with the key in it placed on the side garage door?  If so, then that is most likely where your buyer will enter!

The listing agent may know to arrive there early and greet the buyers at the beautiful front entrance, but the other agents who show your home may have the buyers walk right up to that side garage door and enter right there after opening the key box!  Does that door, and what's inside of that door, look great?

It is also very important to take a good look at your main garage door, which is usually a wide expanse of un-interesting.  Unless... your garage door has many obvious defects.  You may think that it is only an old garage door... who cares?!  

Your potential buyer cares, that's who!  All of those precious memories of playing basketball with kids, and those sweet little dings, say to the buyer, "Must be these owners are not maintenance-minded... Wonder what else they have neglected?"

So, fix the dings; paint it up nice; repair the damaged moulding; replace the broken window pane; make sure the hardware is tightly fastened; see to it that the garage door opener works great, and that the door opens smoothly.  

Yes, it is so important that it could cost you the sale of your home!

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Jean Hanley
Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters - Hemet, CA
Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes

You are so right about this.  People don't give a second thought to their dingy old garage door.  When I have a listing, especially a vacant one that needs a little prep before the showing, I mke every effort to get there ahead of time and make sure it looks great.

Feb 10, 2014 08:47 AM #1
Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro
Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors - Frisco, TX
Your Success is My Focus!

The garage can say a whole ot about a seller. It is an important feature especially if it is in the front. Many homes in the Texas area have rear entry garages from an alley. However, people still go around and look at everything so be prepared.

Feb 16, 2014 01:22 AM #2
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

You have excellent pointers, as the front door is part of the curb appeal buyers are looking for!

Feb 16, 2014 09:05 AM #3
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good advice for home sellers.

Feb 16, 2014 08:40 PM #4
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Many times I show a home coming through a door not the one the seller's use. For lots of reasons to make the first impression best. Sometimes off that garage is not the razzle dazzle like the formal living room is. And sometimes to change it up, like a musical artist does with a song they play everynight and probably get tired of it.

Feb 16, 2014 11:22 PM #5
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Lynn, this is a great point you brought up.  The rule of thumb is, if needed, repair whatever the buyer is going to walk through or see.

Feb 17, 2014 05:33 AM #6
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

The garage door is certainly part of curb appeal and so many don't think about it. Great post!

Feb 17, 2014 08:03 AM #7
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Lynn,you make some excellent points. I wholeheartedly agree with you about making the entranceway as appealing as possible.

Feb 20, 2014 04:33 AM #8
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

P.S. Congratulations on your 200,000 Points today!

Feb 20, 2014 04:34 AM #9
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