Expert Advice

Front Entrance First Impressions

Show your front door some love!

When you’re selling your home, first impressions are key.Research suggests it takes only seconds to decide if we like a house, and at least five of them are spent by buyers waiting at the front door for it to be opened.

Aside from your lawn and general curb appeal, people look at the front door before they look at any other aspect of the property. It reflects what you think about the house, and could actually help sell your home.

You may spend several hours making your home perfect on the inside, but an unattractive door could ruin all your efforts. It is often overlooked but its appearance is crucial. Its colour, texture, maintenance and style will all have an impact on the buyer’s impressions. If it’s scratched at the base and the colour has chipped, buyers will see it.

So what can you do? If a new door isn’t in your budget, a little love can go a long way. Give it a fresh coat of paint, and choose your colours wisely. While you may like dark pink, chances are most of your buyers won’t. Choose a colour that says welcome, come in… Popular colours include dark blue and black, and glass panels are also a winner.

Consider replacing a plain door knob with something more attractive. Try to ensure the door – whether new or not – is in keeping with the style of the house too. If it stands out too much, it may make the rest of the house look out of place.

Place a few well maintained plant pots on the porch step, and ensure that any surrounding windows and ledges are cleaned and tidy.

A few hours on a weekend spent overhauling your front door, can work wonders for your sale. In doing so, you are creating a portal to the house that people can see themselves using as the door to their home.

If your home is not selling and you’re unsure whether your front door is currently working for your home, Contact Design to Go and we’ll take a look!

Blog post written by Design To Go