If you’re thinking of selling your home and wondering what areas to spruce up, let me give you an inexpensive tip from the field. As a buyer’s agent, it takes me about 5-7 seconds to either open the combination lock or Ibox on a seller’s front door to gain access to the property. Believe me when I tell you that the buyer isn’t standing with their eyes closed while this is going on. Nope…they are looking around the front yard, the porch, the flower beds. They are getting an impression before they have taken a single step inside. Let this 5-7 seconds work for you and make it a good one.
In fairness, most of us access our homes via the garage so we rarely see our front entryway at all, let alone as a buyer would look at it. Still, if you are going on the market you will want to pay attention to this area. When your potential buyer sees Christmas lights in July and Halloween decorations in January, it’s only logical that they begin to wonder what else might be going on around the house.
A high percentage of buyers (90% according to the National Association of Realtors) have already done a significant amount of research before they’ve even decided to schedule a showing on your home. They already know your square footage, your room sizes, your cabinet styles, etc. In other words, with all of the other homes to look at…yours has made the cut. Let’s don’t blow it before they walk in the front door!
Does the front door need a fresh coat of paint? New mulch in the flower beds? This drought has done a number on us so how do the flowers and shrubs look? Get a broom and get rid of any cobwebs. Shake the dirt off the welcome mat. GET a welcome mat. Make sure those front windows and storm door are clean and sparkling. Consider a seasonal wreath or some type of decoration. You are going for clean, fresh and inviting. It doesn’t take much in effort or money to accomplish a welcoming entry. An inexpensive trip to the home and garden center should be all it takes to make that 7 second intro a good one.
Don’t hesitate to contact me with your specific questions.
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