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