Is THIS What You Want Your Entry to Say to Your Buyers?

Reblogger Lyn Sims
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Suburban
https://activerain.com/droplet/5cvD

Sometimes staging your house starts before the buyer gets in the front door? You want your front door area to look great while the buyer is waiting for the agent to open the door! Great hints from Kathy Streib.

Original content by Kathy Streib

Is THIS What You Want Your Entry to Say to Your Buyers?

Believe it or not, your buyers are making up their minds before they curb appealeven set foot in your house!

 

You’ve heard of curb appeal...keeping your lawn mowed and trimming your bushes and trees, but it doesn’t stop there.

 

 

Entries that are hard to maneuver because of overgrown bushes, sidewalks with stains and weeds, rust covered handles and light fixtures tell your buyer I haven’t been cared for.

Already, the buyer is wondering if they should waste their time viewing the rest of the home.

 

They will be looking for other signs of what’s wrong with this house, instead of focusing on the possibilities of your property.

 

What YOU can do…

1. Visit your home!

When we come home from work, most of us enter via the garage. We forget what our front door looks like.

Instead, pay yourself a visit and critically view what your buyers will be seeing.

2. Now, take some time at the door and look around.

Your buyers will have plenty of time to wait at your entry while their agent retrieves the key and opens the door.

Trust me, they’re looking around and taking it all in.

3. Does your door stand tall and proud?

If it needs paint or cleaning, take care of it. Time for a new one?  Make the investment.

4. Check your hardware.

This is especially true if you live near the salt water. The sun and salt can take its toll on a door handle. If it is pitted or turning green, it’s time to buy new ones to welcome your buyers.

hardware light fixture needs help

 

 

5.Light the way.

Outdoor light fixtures need attention too. If they are old or outdated, give your entry a pick-me-up with new ones.

If all they need are cleaning...what are you waiting for?

6.Doormats

These will help protect your floors from outside dirt but they are also a good way to say “Welcome.”

Save your doormats with cute sayings for your new home. I once consulted on a home and the entry doormat said: “Go Away!”

7. Cobwebs and bugs be gone.

Unless you want your buyer to wonder if it’s Halloween, it’s best to check daily for spiderwebs and books at your front door.

8.Give it some oomph!

Remove dead or soon-to-be-dead plants or empty pots and give your entry some life!

Add some color with flowers or colorful plants. Make sure that you or someone will be around to care for them.

Keep to a minimum the cutesy lawn ornaments. Save them for your new home. Some whimsy is fine...too much can be distracting.

9. Be mindful of the path to your house.

Besides keeping overgrown bushes and plants trimmed, pressure clean your walkway to make sure you are welcoming your buyers and not sending them away.

 

When you decide to sell your house, you become the Chief Marketing Officer for your property.

If you want to sell it, then make sure you display it in the best possible light.



 Kathy Streib 

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Maria Sapio
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Lyn Sims This is such a terrific re-blog.  Generally the lockbox is on the front door too so buyers are standing beside the agent while he/she is obtaining the key, so the front door details are in fine focus and will absolutely set the tone for the remainder of the showing!

May 27, 2018 10:59 AM #1
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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This was a great choice for a reblog. It's so true - if the front of the house/the entryway doesn't look cared for, it's easy to assume the rest of the house wasn't cared for either!

May 27, 2018 12:19 PM #2
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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Good re-blog!  Much of the "wow" factor comes from good 'ol elbow grease!  

(I had a call today from 847 area code.  Not sure who it was, but when I realized that area code is fromSchaumburg, IL, I immedately thought of you!)

May 27, 2018 01:04 PM #3
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Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realty, Realtors® • Broker • South East Florida • - Miami Beach, FL
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First impressions - last. Naturally, the driveway entryway and front door should be in tip-top shape.

May 27, 2018 01:05 PM #4
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Lyn and many thanks for the reblog. 

May 27, 2018 03:16 PM #5
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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This post is a grand-slam! Front entries make such an impact, and we've seen all kinds, right? Good or bad, it leaves an impression.

Jun 01, 2018 02:55 PM #6
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Hi Lyn! This is a great one to re-blog as you know, we deal with this every day and wish that everyone would heed Kathy's advice!

Happy Sunday!

Jul 08, 2018 01:11 PM #7
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Lynn what an awesome re-blog I remember reading it when Kathy Streib  posted it and said to myself what brilliant observation, glad you are spreading the word, it is spot on, Endre

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