How to Make a Great First Impression on Buyers at Your Front Door
First impressions are important in real estate. With so much inventory in today’s market, buyers make quick decisions on whether or not they like a home before moving on to the next. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to detail and make sure your home shows well from the moment buyers arrive.
Of course, that starts with the front door.
Buyers have the opportunity to look at everything while the real estate agent opens the lockbox and the door. They will be judging the condition of the area, the landscaping, and how it feels overall. A bad impression here can taint the whole tour of the rest of the home.
To make sure you make a great first impression from the start that will follow them through the home, follow these home staging tips for your front door.
Home Staging Tips for Your Front Door
Pressure-washing the exterior of your home makes a world of difference to the curb appeal. It gives it the look of being brand new and shows the buyers that it has been well-maintained. Be sure to give extra care to the front door area where most buyers will be giving their closest inspection. Get dust and bugs out of the light fixtures, clean off the front door, and polish the walkway and area around the door.
Repair cracks and damages
Cracks in the sidewalk and other damages happen over time, and even if they are small, they are details that add up in a buyer’s mind in relation to how well the home has been maintained. If there are no cracks or damages to be seen, it will make a great first impression on buyers and make them confident that they aren’t likely to find any expensive issues hiding in places they can’t see.
Spruce up the front door
Front doors get a lot of wear and tear over the years from being out in the elements. Give it a good, objective inspection. Is the paint job chipped, cracked or faded? Is the wood weathered and unattractive? Are the handle and hardware rusted or not looking their best? Consider repainting or re-staining the door and switching out the hardware.
Put out potted plants
Plants always make a house feel more like a home, especially where curb appeal is concerned. Purchase a colorful plant and a nice pot to stick by the front door. (If the front door area is large enough for it, use two potted plants to flank the doors.) It will make your home feel more inviting and you can take it with you when you move.
Switch out the light fixture
A lot of homes have only the builder light fixture by the front door. These are usually inexpensive and wear very quickly in the elements, seeing damage from dirt, bugs, and weather. Switching it out for an attractive new one makes a big difference. If your front door area doesn’t currently have one but is wired for one, definitely take advantage of it and install one.
Put down a nice welcome mat
Nothing finishes off a nice front door area like a welcome mat. A simple black or brown, elegant welcome mat is the best choice. It will make the area feel cozier, more inviting, and give buyers a place to wipe off their feet before they walk in.