Listing your home for sale isn’t the first step towards selling your house. Actually, the real work should begin weeks, or even months in advance. Some home sellers believe that the process of selling your home starts as soon as you buy it because you’ll always be making upgrades and changes to increase your ROI. No matter how early you begin prepping your home for sale, before listing your home with a realtor, you should stage your home, being sure to include staging the front door.
Top real estate agencies and real estate associations overwhelmingly agree that both home staging is a MUST. However, some of the best selling power comes from staging the front door. Staging your front door and your front porch does an incredible job of not only making the first impression starting with curb appeal, but it also helps your prospective buyer envision themselves enjoying the space.
Staging is a vital component of successfully selling your space. Don’t make the mistake of thinking staging as confined to only the inside of your home. It isn’t! Put yourself in the home buying position. Are you one of those home shoppers that drives past a house to “scope it out” before telling your realtor? Buyers often drive around looking at the area and neighborhood seeing the lay of the land; you don’t want to miss the opportunity to have your listing stand out from the beginning! Often, if a home doesn’t look inviting from the outside, even serious homebuyers won’t ask a realtor to have a peek inside.
Do you remember your first date with your significant other? You likely didn’t just run out the door in smelly sweats and a stained t-shirt. You daydreamed through the day, thinking about how it might go. You picked the perfect outfit to wear, trying on outfit after outfit until you achieved the look you wanted. What about your first big job interview? You showed up in your best clothes 15 minutes early to make the best possible first impression.
First impressions are a BIG deal! The majority of home buyers subconsciously make their decision of whether or not they’re interested in purchasing the home within seconds of seeing the home. Often, the first impression means the most. Your front door is a buyer’s first impression of your house’s enormous potential. It can fill them with anticipation and excitement at what’s on the other side. What will they open the door to find? Your front entrance needs to set the stage for that feeling of amazement and wonder to your home. Spend some time and energy on your home’s curb appeal and wow potential buyers’ first impression of your home.
You don’t have to spend crazy amounts of money to give your curb appeal a facelift. Spring is officially here, and it is the most common time of year to list a home on the market. Unfortunately, spring can also be the messiest season and leave your yard and door in shambles in winter’s wake.
Focus on clearing out winter’s messy hangover. Try these spring tips:
They may seem small and incidental things, but they can impact a buyer’s impression of walking up to your door.
If your door took a beating during winter’s hardest months, try washing it down to remove any mud or cobwebs so you can see any damage. It’s a great time to perk it up with a fresh layer of paint. Bright, bold colors are trendy right now, but you also want to be sure that it matches your home. Look at your house, the style, the color, and the overall look of your exterior. Consider what color would enhance and draw attention and stand out against the rest of it. You want a color to make a statement. Your front door should gain the attention of your buyers, but not be too abstract or an eyesore.
Finally, a beautiful display of potted plants around your door brings life to it, and don’t forget a welcome mat. If you’ve followed these tips for staging the front door, your home should now be ready to list. If your home needs a little extra TLC or a professional touch, Our Nest Designs is a Utah home staging company. We specialize in beautifying and maximizing homes, whether you’re planning to keep it or it’s heading to market. Call us today at 801-913-8962 to schedule a consultation.
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