Curb appeal! That first first-impression a buyer gets when they drive up to your house. Will it sell what is inside? Just as a pretty bow with matching paper piques your interest in a Christmas package, so too will a fabulous front door.
Here are five easy steps to creating a first impression that really sells!
1. A new coat of paint – Weather and time don’t mix well with front door paint and stain. A fresh coat of paint or stain will really focus a buyer’s attention as they make their way up your front walk and give your front porch new life. If you are looking for the perfect front door color try timeless classics like black, charcoal grey, or a medium dark stain. Anything too flashy will be too distracting. While you are at it, add a new door mat that complements the style of your home. Or consider at least tossing the old one which mostly likely is tired and well used by this point.
2. Freshly cut grass – Consider hiring a lawn service to manicure your yard on a weekly basis while on the market. Fresh cut grass not only smells good, but is also very inviting.
3. Mulch, mulch, mulch – Neglected flower beds are overrun with weeds, leaves, misplaced rocks, and an overall dullness. Fresh mulch will add a uniform look and pop as someone scans the front of your house.
4. Sweep the patio, dust the door, and clean the windows – Your house will thank you for brushing the dust out of its eyes. Sweep under that front door mat and behind the flower pots. Get rid of the unwanted leaves, dirt, and dead bugs. Especially if tree pollen is high in your area (like oak is right now in Central Texas!), you will notice your door gives off a yellow/brown/greenish hue. Grab a damp rag and give the entire door a once over. And if you have windows in your front door, make sure to clean them so they sparkle and shine letting as much light through as possible.
5. Focus on flowers – Take stock of whatever greenery may be on your porch. Consider removing all potted plants except for just a couple in uniform pots. Definitely remove any who have seen better days or are needing a little (or a lot!) of love. Use two matching planters and place on either side of your front door with a welcoming and bright hue … bright green ferns, stark white petunias, or brightly blooming Indian Hawthorns. Just make sure whatever you place by your door, you keep well-tended throughout the duration of your sale period. Water regularly; trim away dead blooms and brown leaves. Nothing says, you don’t want to live here, like a host of dead, decaying plant life right by the front door.
Now that you have the buyers' attention and have made a fantastic first-impression, they will be ready to come in and see what more your house has to offer! If you need help getting ready, let me know!