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How important is the door to the appearance of a home to the buyer?

Asked by California Mortgage Broker, Oceanside, CA Mon May 14, 2007

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Making a good first impression is critical in getting your home sold. Buyers often "drive by" a home before making a decision to view it. Be sure to make your door welcoming to buyers.
7 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2007
Vincent: I love your front door story! It's all about first impressions. If the client is turned off before ever entering the home, there is little chance for an offer.
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Roberta Murp…, Real Estate Pro in Carlsbad, CA
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Brian, I think this is like a good suit. Wear a good suit into a meeting and no one notices... it's expected. Wear a bad one and you might as well not go. It's hard to get past a bad first impression.
4 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 15, 2007
You only have one chance to make a first impression. At the very least, the door should be freshly painted, have a well working lock on it (there is nothing more frustrating for an agent than fiddling with a broken lock while trying to show a home) and be neat and tidy in appearance. I have used close ups of doors in my marketing pieces when they are exceptionally nice looking because I think they are that important.
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Maureen Fran…, Real Estate Pro in Birmingham, MI
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Not important at all. Easy to change after buying. Cave Beast
3 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 15, 2007
Hot button! I am adamant that my sellers have a freshly painted or oiled, in the case of wood, door. I make sure that the key glides in and out and that the lock doesn't in any way stick. There is nothing worse than trying to show a house and the door sticking or looking awful! It's the first impression that they see the longest.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 11, 2007
You lose a few potential buyers if you have "shmootz" or fingerprints on the door, door handle and/or molding. Anywhere your hand touches should be clean. Dog nose and paw marks should be scrubbed clean. Even though that can be a daily chore. Speaking of dogs, don't forget to clean up the doggie door flaps too!

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Steve Ostrom, Real Estate Pro in Roseville, CA
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The appearance of the front door and entry way is very important. Walking up to the home sets the tone of what they will expect to see when they enter. A home could be very nice on the inside, but if the entry way is not maintained nicely, then a potential buyer(s) will enter with their eyes peeled, looking for every little defect. I recommend sweeping, removing any spider or cob webs, replacing or repairing any defects in the walkway, sprucing up your front door lighting and painting the front door a bright attractive color; drawing buyer(s) in.
Best of luck,
Melissa Mancini, Realtor, CBR, GRI
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 17, 2007
I'm going to have to agree with Mitchell. In fact, a recent client of mine had his home on the market for months, while we were generating a decent amount of traffic. He decided to invest $14,000 to the front door area of his home and within 5 showings, we accepted an offer!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2007
The front door is the first impression so I believe this is very Important to maintain a nice and clean appearance
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If you think yours needs to go...it does. Spend a few hundred dollars already! For more candid advice ask a true pro, Joe Fasone 203-772-5712
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 5, 2007
The door makes a statement for the entire home before you enter.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 11, 2007
I personally think it is critical. I look at about 30 homes a week. The front door says a lot to me personally. Watch the photo scroll on the front page of my site if you would like to see some 150 year old totally awesome front doors.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 11, 2007
I think a well manicured lawn and a pristine entry are critical.
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The Hagley G…, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
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It is the invitation into the home and the first impression.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 8, 2007
Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in Danville, VA
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You know that saying, "you only get one chance to make a good first impression?" Well in this market typically you are competing with at least 9 other homes so every little bit you do can really make your home stand out in the end.
kind regards,


Alisha Gunraj
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 24, 2007
The front door is the first impression a buyer gets of your home.... so make sure is clean, looks cared for (no broken handles or chipped up paint) You want the buyer entering your home with a positive attitude. It is also important that the Buyer’s agent who is opening the door does not have to stand there and fight with you locks >> so make sure they are working well. Nothing worse than stumbling around to open the door at 10 below zero (yes they sell homes there too ~};>)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 27, 2007
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