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

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Showcase REALTORs 01468388

This stager, @kathy streib, breaks this essential home staging tip down into a 9 point to-do list!     The only thing I'll add is a follow on to #4:   make sure your door hardware OPENS easily.    It's a red flag that it's possible other things don't work as expected, if buyers are watching us struggle to get in to your house.

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 If they are old or outdated, give your entry a pick-me-up with new ones.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?


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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Comments (13)

MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

So true-many people are oblivious to their own entry's appearance.

Jun 02, 2018 03:48 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi MC and thank you for the reblog!  And I'm going to add that to awkward it would be to be trying to get into a listing and the hardware won't work. 

Jun 02, 2018 03:53 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What an awesome re-blog from our friend Kathy Streib  even when you are not selling the same applies for visitors:))Endre

Jun 02, 2018 05:17 PM
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Kathy Streib - hats off to you for writing such a great post!

Jun 02, 2018 09:26 PM
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thanks for sharing


Jun 03, 2018 12:52 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I love this post from Kathy, M.C.! I have been preaching this with sellers for years as well - take them up the sidewalk to their front doors - they'll see things they never noticed before!

Jun 16, 2018 11:19 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Those first impressions matter and include the visual and the smells. Good reblog, M. C.

Jun 29, 2018 08:36 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi MC, hope you're selling up a storm this summer. Kathy does have great advice, and I keep saying, " I need to get our front door painted." Lol. 

Aug 20, 2018 08:48 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Good advice.  Getting ready to sell your home is a big job and needs time to prepare.

Aug 26, 2018 10:16 PM
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 often sellers underestimate the amount of time and energy required to prepare their home for sale.   The important thing is to check with their realtor so they're spending effort, time and money only on the RIGHT things!

Aug 27, 2018 10:47 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Debe Maxwell, CRS another trick is to look at your property in a mirror!

Aug 27, 2018 10:48 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Debbie Reynolds smells are so important.   The price needs to reflect any negative smells the buyers will have to cure - like pets, smoking, especially if trapped in the carpet!

Aug 27, 2018 10:50 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD the front door and entry (porch, walkway, etc.) really set the stage.    But it's like the cobblers' children with worn footwear, it's pretty hard to work for our clients and still keep our own properties in showcase condition too!

Aug 27, 2018 10:52 AM

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