Check Your Front Door BEFORE Putting Your Home On The Market!

Here is a great "reminder" post to homeowners from Bill and Liz Spear.

First Impressions are Critical! Many of us rarely use our front door so this is a very good reminder. Clean it up, repaint it, replace it. Whatever the front of your home needs to Enhance the Appeal, do it!

Don't forget the smell too. What is the aroma going to be when that Real Estate Agent opens that door to the potential Buyer? Make sure it is a great Aroma.

Thanks Bliz for the great post!

NOT how you want your front door area to appear to home buyers!Check Your Front Door BEFORE Putting Your Home On The Market!

Thinking about selling your Warren County home?  Before you have us put the sign in the front yard and go full marketing blitz, we've got a request for you!

Check your front door, because you don't want it looking ANYTHING like our picture!  Yes, we know you rarely use that door if you're like many suburbia homeowners.  You come in through the garage and you don't go down the sidewalk and through the front door, do you?

But your buyers will!  They're either going to park on the street or in your driveway, and the impressions are formed quickly.  Landscaping, lawn, colors, condition of the driveway, all are being factored in to form an opinion.

Can they walk easily down the sidewalk or do they need to dodge the rose bushes?

Is the door paint faded? 

Do you have wood rot in the entry area, particularly at the base of the door frame and/or sidelights? 

Is the caulking intact and fresh?

Free of creepy crawlies?  Wasps?  Spider webs?  Dead worms? 

Is the glass clean?  Fogged?  Cracked?

And not least importantly, does the lock work easily?  If the key you provide doesn't operate smoothly, that's trouble too.  Obviously if the buyers can't get in, they may not come back.  At a minimum, they've started with a VERY bad impression of your home.

And if the buyers are watching their agent struggle with getting the door unlocked, or locked, that's not good either.

For all of the above items, PLEASE take care of them prior to putting your home on the market.  Repair, replace, trim or clean as necessary.  Get the buyers started with a good experience at your front door, and good things may happen from there!

For more advice on marketing your home, contact The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite!  No hassle, no pressure, just results!

Serving Warren County's home buyers and sellers,

Liz and Bill aka BLiz

REALTORS(S) Serving Warren County Ohio & Adjacent Areas

The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth & William Spear
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Comment balloon 4 commentsBobbie Smith • March 23 2014 05:21AM


Good morning Bobbie,

Excellent post to re-blog..I missed this one and am off to comment on their post! First impressions are so important!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 5 years ago

Bobbie, Thanks for the reblog and the addition!  And the aroma thing is right, whether on the negative side (pets and smoker) or too much of a good thing (overpowering plugins and sprays), finding the smell balance once the door is open is key too.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 5 years ago

Hi Dorie, Thank you. I forgot to turn off comments but hopefully people know to go and comment on their original blog post.

Very true. First impressions are imperative.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 5 years ago

Thank you Bliz. A great post and definitely share worthy. Keep them coming.

You are right. That aroma can go either way - bad, or too much of a good thing.

Thanks again Bliz!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 5 years ago