entrance of potential home is very small, with no porch..........could that be a resale problem?

Asked by Nidzzzy, 60089 Mon Nov 8, 2010

we are looking at a 3500 sq foot single storey.....the entrance is very small, with no porch....is that a potential resale problem?

there is just about space for 2 people to stand outside the door at a time although the walway is wide and quite long....

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Andrew Malak, Agent, Palatine, IL
Mon Sep 10, 2012
yes and No. If someone has enough maney to buy a 3500 sg home they have anought money to rebuild the front porch. However, there are buyers that will walk away just because for that $ they expect it to be "perfect".
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John Walin, Agent, Libertyville, IL
Tue Dec 6, 2011
Change the entrance with a porch and windowed front door system.
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David Mezo, Agent, Nixa, MO
Sat Oct 29, 2011

If it is a distraction or problem in your mind, it will likely be a problem for buyers when you resell. If you are buying right you will be able to install a larger door with a covered porch and increase your equity twice the cost of the improvement.

Good luck,
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Paul DiMaio, Agent, Blacksburg, VA
Fri Feb 4, 2011
For a very reasonable price you can change the look of your entrance. If you are getting a bargan then you may try to build a front porch. Or hire a contractor to install a larger entrance.

Paul DiMaio
Coldwell Banker
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scott farmer, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Fri Feb 4, 2011
Perhaps you getting a great deal on this home? If so, take the extra money you'll be saving to put into making upgrades to the things that you are uncomfortable with. Then you will have the perfect home for you to enjoy for years to come. Don't over think it especially if you love the rest of the home!

Good luck in your pursuits,

Sandy Farmer
Realtor, GRI, CSSN
John Hall & Associates
Web Reference:  http://homesales411.com
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John Walin, Agent, Libertyville, IL
Fri Feb 4, 2011
Just realized you were talking about a ranch style home. Same idea works, I have had sellers build a covered porch and make the house look like a prairie style ranch with the covered stoop. Definitely cover the porch, I would not recommend just building a deck in the front of the house.
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John Walin, Agent, Libertyville, IL
Fri Feb 4, 2011
I have seen larger saltbox, or center entry colonial homes with a dinky stoop. It isnt too hard to make plans to add a covered entry to match the roofline and build a porch as well. If it is a large saltbox, it won't effect value because the floorplan is desirable. A 3500 sqft center entry colonial looks plain on the outside and I think for $10k you could do alot!
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Mon Nov 8, 2010

Just about anything can be a "drawback" for a resale......the thing to remember is that buying a home always involves the system of "giving and taking" and that the perfect home is very difficult to find. The fact that the entry seem a bit small may be coming from your reference point......to others it may be perfect.

If this is the only negative factor and the home meets all of your other criteria, it may impact another buyer in the same way.

Best wishes,

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Patrick Thies, Agent, Anytown, IL
Mon Nov 8, 2010
Is there space to expand the front entrance? If so, then it shouldn't be a problem. Most spaces in front of the door is about 3 or 4 feet square. If the area can not be expanded or is at the top of a hill or something and is a safety hazard, then it may be an issue.
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