Sellers...Don't be a Door Knob Dummy!

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Real Estate Agent with The Berkshire Group Realtors

Are you a door knob dummy?Home sellers  never cease to amaze me.  They paint their homes, inside and out, get new carpet, appliances, furnaces, etc. But do they pay attention to the front door? 

NO! 

How many times have agents had to struggle to open a dumb door knob.  For an agent, it's much like standing on stage at a comedy club, with NO humor coming out! 

You bomb!  We want to sell your house, but we can't get in it!  So go splurge already, do it yourself or hire a locksmith.  Spend the bucks to present a lovely new lock to the world.

It could mean the difference between a sale or not!

Remember, if we can't show it, we can't sell it!  Are you guilty?

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Rainmaker
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Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
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The door is one of the last things they see before a buyer will enter the house, the last spot to make a good first impression. It makes it so nice to approach a well taken care of front door with shinny knobs, handles and kick plate. A good looking front door can win major points when selling a home.

Sep 11, 2006 04:57 PM #1
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S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist
Kristal, I had a situation like this just last week... and in a million dollar house no less!  The lock on the front door was very difficult to open and close.  On the way in, after getting the key out of the lockbox it took me about 2 minutes to jiggle the lock open which gave the buyers a chance to see how there were many weeds and overgrown landscaping in the front yard and moss in the cracks of the brick-paved front porch -- not to mention the huge wasp hovering around us.  On the way out, the buyers had to wait for me about 3 minutes until I was finally able to get the door locked.
Sep 11, 2006 09:17 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Craig Schiller
Trempealeau, WI
I've always viewed the door as symbolic to how the whole house will look. Typically I start "sizing" up a project the moment I walk up to the door. They tell so much. Your right the seller does this too, in their conscious. or subconscious minds.
Sep 11, 2006 11:28 PM #3
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Dawn Shaffer Life is good!
Battle Ground, WA

For *sure* :) I've waited for REPs to open the door before being let in to do virtual tours... and it's never occurred to me to say something to the REP about it. *adds to tour tips* :)

Dawn Shaffer

Sep 12, 2006 12:25 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time
Most sellers never use their front door as they go in through the garage. Definitely up to the listing Realfor to point this out and make sure the locks work smoothly. I keep a can of WD40 in my car for just such occassions. If it's another Realtors listing I will  still take a minute and fix it for them.
Sep 12, 2006 12:25 AM #5
Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel
Thank you for saying this!  Earlier this year, I had to call a listing agent from a home because we could not get the key out of the lock.  Wasted my time and made a bad impression on the potential buyers.
Sep 12, 2006 12:33 AM #6
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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Bryant, your idea of carrying WD40 is excellent.  Guess that is another item to go into the trunk.  I don't mind fixing things for others, but it never ceases to amaze me how they don't fix for themselves.

Sep 12, 2006 01:18 AM #7
Rainer
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S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist
Just an F.Y.I. -- I read an article that stated Tri-Flow is a better alternative to WD40.  You can find it in bicycle shops or online (just enter "Tri-Flow" in the product search window and hit enter).
Sep 12, 2006 02:33 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

It's all about first impressions.  The approach to the house will set the tone - fresh flowers, a new matt, clean visible house number - and please get rid of the spider webs!  Great post!

Sep 12, 2006 12:27 PM #9
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Sara Lipnitz
Max Broock Realtors - Birmingham, MI
When I am listing a home, I take the seller out front and walk them in the front door and tell them to look at the house with an objective eye.  If there is a problem, it's discussed then.  No bad doors at a Lipnitz listing.  Maybe a few dirty floors... wink wink
Sep 12, 2006 02:26 PM #10
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Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett
Good strategy Sara...the objective eye. The front door is a sub category to a broader topic of curb view. Would that seller want to purchase another property which has the same malfunctions as their own home? Hmmmm interesting thought to ponder.
Sep 12, 2006 04:33 PM #11
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