Wednesday, February 20, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Front door curb appeal is a home’s chance to flirt with buyers before they fall head over heels. During those first lingering moments in the entry area, guests will take their sweet time surveying the scene around them while their agent works to open the lockbox.
- To start your front door curb appeal, clean your front steps, porch, and siding. The door and screen door must also be free of dirt, grime, and debris. Make sure any windows are sparkling clean.
- Get your door to look and feel like new. Fix the loose hinges, get rid of any squeaks and damages screens. The last thing you want is to have the buyer’s agent struggling trying to get the door unlocked and fighting with a broken screen door.
- Dress that front door up with a Bold color. A brightly painted front door turns heads, period!
- Greet potential buyers with a fresh WELCOME mat. Showing your home will require more foot traffic than normal—which makes this the perfect time for a clean, functional doormat.
- You’ve Got Mail! If you have a mailbox or slot on your porch, make sure it’s functioning properly. This is a small and simple thing to update if it has seen better days, just be mindful of the style of your home and hardware finishes on the porch when selecting a new mailbox.
- Upgrade those house numbers, they are one of the first things buyers will notice. Don’t make them second guess if they have the right house or can’t see the numbers from the street. You want them to make a statement just as bold as the rest of the house.
- Match Up Your Hardware: Swap Out Knockers and Door Knobs. Your freshly painted front door could also benefit from new hardware, such as a knocker and doorknob in the same finish as your house numbers or light fixtures.
- Set the scene with inviting lighting. New porch lights are a popular and fairly inexpensive change to brighten up your front door curb appeal. Place Brightly Colored Flowers in Decorative Planters. Nothing adds that dramatic pop of color to your outdoor entry area quite like a beautiful flower display.
- Stage the front porch. If you have a larger front porch, take advantage of the space with a seating area. Outdoor furniture helps buyers envision sitting outside with their cup of coffee in the morning.
- Ding Dong! Don’t Forget the Doorbell. At the very least, make sure the doorbell is in good working order. If you want to show buyers that you’ve kept your home up to date and embraced technology, then consider a smart doorbell.