First impressions – have you checked your front door lately?

Posted by on Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 7:06am.

When buyers arrive to view your home, their first impression is of your yard. As you know, it should be neat and tidy, with no toys, no fliers blowing around, and no trash cans in sight.

Fences should be standing tall and walks swept. Window and door trim should be free from cracked or peeling paint – and the front door should be clean. In fact, it should be freshly painted. But once that’s done, don’t forget about it.

I have no idea why, but entry doors seem to need touch-up cleaning often. If you have pets, it’s understandable. They scratch with muddy paws or rub against the door and door frame.

But even if you don’t have pets, doors get dirty. Often fingerprints are the culprit. Why do so many people use the edge of the door instead of the knob when closing a door? I have no idea. But I do advise that you give your door a fresh coat of paint, then check it for cleanliness every few days.

Door mats also take a beating. Because they’re good at collecting dirt from shoes, they’re also good at collecting everything else that blows by. They can quickly become filled with mud, or grass, or leaves. So shake them out often. And while you’re thinking about it, why not invest in a new mat – a pretty one that you’ll want to take along to your new home.

Remember - your buyers will be standing there, waiting at the door while their agent gets out the keys and unlocks it. Let it make a beautiful first impression.

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