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Mr. and Mrs. Seller-Meet Your Front Door. Is It Ready for Visitors?

Mr. and Mrs. Seller - Meet Your Front Door. Is It Ready for Visitors?

How often do you go in or out your front door? If you’re like most people, you pull into the garage, and enter your home from there. I know that sometimes weeks go by when I don’t see my front door. At least, I only see the inside part of it.

Front DoorIf you’re selling or about to put your home up for sale, I want you to open your front door right now; go ahead, take a good, hard look at it and while you’re looking, think about this. This is the first thing the buyers get to see up close and personal about your home. They may stand there for 3-5 minutes while their agent is trying to get the lockbox open and the key out to access your home.

Will your front door stand up to their scrutiny? Here’s what you need to take note of:


Does it need painting? Front doors fade rapidly and a fresh coat of paint will do wonders so head out and buy some paint and a good brush.

If it doesn’t need painting, does it need a good cleaning? Cobwebs, mold, and mildew seem to like to settle there.

While you’re checking the mold and mildew out, take a look at the weather-stripping around the door. If it’s cracked, or flaking-replace it. If it has mildew, clean it.

If there are glass inserts, do they need to be cleaned and dirt removed from the moldings?

Look up at the cover over the door, are there spiders, cobwebs, or hornets nests there? Make sure to remove them.

If you have a sidelight or two, make that glass sparkle; if you have a curtain on the sidelights, wash it and rehang with a little more tension to make it snap to attention.

Make sure the door doesn’t creak or scrape along the floor or carpet when it’s being opened. There’s nothing worse than a creaking door to give the wrong impression. Think Addams Family.
Door Hardware
Shine the hardware on the door, if it's all green and needs replacing, head to your local DIY and buy new ones.

Sweep the area in front of the door, in fact, sweep the walk up to the door.  

Remember the old saying: You only get one chance to make a first impression.

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Toni Weidman

Re/Max New Dimensions

727-237-0083 or 727-359-9518

Selling West Pasco and North Pinellas for 21 years

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Comment balloon 28 commentsToni Weidman • August 29 2012 04:53AM

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  If you can't get buyers past the front door...they will never know what a great home they could be missing !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 6 years ago

Good morning Toni -

You could not be more right. The front door (entrance area) could not be more important in making or breaking a deal. First impressions are everything! Let me be the first to say SUGGESTED!

Posted by John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com) almost 6 years ago

Good morning Toni,

Suggested! Absolutely go look at your your front door right now! You are so right..you only have one chance to make an impression!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) almost 6 years ago

Sage advice Toni.........especially in this day and age of entering through the garage and never seeing the front door of your house.  

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 6 years ago

Hi Toni.

What's wrong with the door in the picture? HMMMM? It has everything you would need a s a home owner or buyer.

Look at the door and you will see it has built in "air conditioning", this will let the breeze just flow through the home. Plus there is a built in "dog or cat door" too. No more getting up to let the dog or cat out.

On the other hand. The front entrance door to the home is very important to the visual effect when a buyer walks up. Always have fresh paint and in good repair. Make sure the lock set is in good working order too.

Have a good day in the Newport Richey area and stay dry and safe.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 6 years ago

Toni: You provide such good advice that can be implemented quickly...sellers may only get one opportunity to impress so they need to get it right.  Suggested too!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 6 years ago

Sally and David - exactly.

John - thank you. The front area should be really clean and sparkly.

Dorrie - thanks, absolutely true!

Roger - I love when you walk up and there are phone books out there from 3 months ago :)

Clint - LOL, thanks for the additional tip.

Anita - thanks, it is the first thing they actually spend time looking at :)

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 6 years ago

LOL, I know, and you inspired me to write a post too............it was the entering through the garage that did it.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 6 years ago

Uh oh, i can't wait to see it, Roger.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 6 years ago

Tomorrow more than likely Toni.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 6 years ago

Good Post Toni.  One more item about the first impression: make sure that the key fits easily into the door.  It makes a bad impression if the Realtor is struggling to unlock the door.  It starts the showing off on the wrong foot.

Posted by Jeanne M. Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners - CIPS,GRI,S (Jeanne Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners) almost 6 years ago

Jeanne that's their agents responsibility as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 6 years ago

Toni, Oh my, where did you get that front door pix!  Think of all the critters that are at home now bc of it LOL!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 6 years ago

Love the pic but honestly I am amazed how many homes i visit where the entrance is untidy dirty and definately in need of a paint job, great post

Posted by Heather Milbourn (South Beaches Real Estate Professional) almost 6 years ago

Toni, GREAT post this morning, and suggested!    The front door is so critical, and most homeowners do not ever see it!     While we are funbling with the lockbox the potential buyers are scrutinizing every aspect of the front of the home --- it needs to look fresh, clean and crisp!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 6 years ago

Kristin - it was my first house. :)

Heather - thank you. I agree and wonder why they don't do something.

Joan - definitely, the longer it takes the worse it can get.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 6 years ago

Your front door is like your handshake and the one and only time you get to make a first impression.

Oh, check out my blog again with the knitted car to meet the owner ;)

Manybe I will post where Pussie lives in another blog...:)

 

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) almost 6 years ago

Toni~ We had a wreath on our door and some birds built a nest in the wreath!  You never know what you'll find!  :-)

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Jennifer, that was knited? I have to check that out.

Donna - that's so neat though. We had doves build a nest in a pot we had hanging by our front door. I loved watching the babies grow.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 6 years ago

It is amazing how much people do neglect their front door. I have gone to lots of people's homes where it seems they haven't checked it out in months. I have heard if you have a yellow door or have yellow flowers near the front door, it helps sell the home more quickly. 

Posted by JoAnn Moore, Home Loans in Delaware (The Mortgage Market of Delaware) almost 6 years ago

JoAnn - that's interesting, I have always heard that a red door is the selling color. I like that yellow helps too. It's so bright and cheerful.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 6 years ago

Toni- excellent post and did suggest.  I suggest to my sellers that while agent is standing at the front door trying to get the key and unlock it, the Buyer has ample time to take in the front door, cobwebs, tarnished lights and old front door mat.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 6 years ago

Such good advice for sellers, Toni.  Adding bright flowers of whatever is in bloom at the front door is a nice welcoming touch, too.  I also suggest they get a new doormat.  Buyers make so many judgements from the moment they step out of their cars, so if the front door area looks really good they can hardly wait to get inside!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 6 years ago

Kathy - thank you. It can be a problem and start things off wrong.

Maureen - definitely get a new doormat instead of the old muddy one!

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 6 years ago
Kathy, I just posted something on this very topic a few days ago. Curb appeal is vital to make your home inviting enough for someone to want to look inside. First impressions are made in the first 6 seconds so it is critical it is a good one.
Posted by Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results! (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE) almost 6 years ago

Gloria - my name is Toni

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 6 years ago

Toni~ I didn't mind the birds or the nest, it's the POOP they left on my front steps! LOL!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Donna - I know Craig had to keep cleaning the pot out; the smell was awful.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 6 years ago

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