When youâ€™re preparing your house for the market in Outer Banks, almost every realtor 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 place.
One of the best (and most cost-effective!) tune-ups you can make works both from the curb and from up close. Itâ€™s kind of like Botox for your homeâ€™s face. Itâ€™s a little something I like to think of as the â€œFront Door Tune-up.â€
The front door is a focal point on your home, both from a distance and up close. Hereâ€™s how to leverage it for maximum impact:
1) Paint the door with an appropriate, fresh, contrasting, bold 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.
2) 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.
3) 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. Itâ€™s a front-line sensory experience for potential buyers. A sticky, weak, degraded set of locks only hurts your first impression.
4) Upgrade the door, if possible. Sometimes paint and hardware wonâ€™t do the trick. If you have an older home in an area where many of the same styles of door were used, this could be a good time to differentiate your home while upgrading the aesthetic. Soft lighting, graphic house numbers, pretty planters, and fun accessories make a welcome addition to your front entryway.
Will a door save your home from significant cosmetic problems? No. But Iâ€™ve seen it work again and again: The â€œFront Door Tune-upâ€ is a subtle but effective listing tool. I have lots of resources on curb appeal!
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Hugh â€œScooterâ€ Willey
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