you’re preparing your house for the market, almost every agent will explain how
valuable curb appeal is when it comes to marketing your home. Curb appeal can
mean a lot of things, of course, ranging from wholesale replacement of the
roof, paint, and landscaping, to a few tidy details designed to spruce up the
of the best (and most cost-effective!) tune-ups you can make works both from
the curb and from up close. It’s kind of like Botox for your home’s face. It’s
a little something I like to think of as the “Front Door Tune-up.”
front door is a focal point on your home, both from a distance and up close.
Here’s how to leverage it for maximum impact:
Paint the door with an appropriate, fresh, contrasting color. Not only will
this draw the eye (possibly even away from the crack in the driveway!), but it
will go a long way to creating the impression of a new paint job.
Replace faded, small address numbers with classy, visibly new hardware. Long
gone are the days of tacky decals. Even a modest investment at an upscale home
accessories store can add a touch of luxury to your entryway.
Replace knob/handle and lock hardware. The feel of the doorknob, the click of
the hardware, and the sense of security the door conveys matters hugely. It’s a
front-line sensory experience for potential buyers. A sticky, weak, degraded
set of locks only hurts your first impression.
Upgrade the door, if possible. Sometimes paint and hardware won’t do the trick.
If you have an older home in a subdivision where many of the same styles of
door were used, this could be a good time to differentiate your home while
upgrading the aesthetic.
a door save your home from significant cosmetic problems? No. But I’ve seen it
work again and again: The “Front Door Tune-up” is a subtle but effective
have lots of resources on curb appeal! Contact me for more:
Lynne Van Eck, Realtor,
email@example.com or 941-716-4754
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