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When your house is on the market, the first thing both Internet browsers and visitors see is the exterior.
Visitors will get an overall impression from the curb. They’ll notice the lawn, the flowers, the shrubbery, the trees – and how all of them are maintained. Then they’ll get a first impression of the house itself.
And what will be the focal point of their attention as they approach? The front door.
They’ll not only be looking at the door as they walk toward it, they may be standing there looking at it for a minute or two while their agent opens the lock box to let them in.
What will they see? Tired paint? Finger smudges? Muddy paw prints and scratches? Dents? OR – will they see a clean, shining door in a bright color that complements the house and welcomes them inside?
Whichever it is, it will create an impression and an expectation that carries with them as they enter the house.
Even though people don’t consciously think about it, the door and its condition will influence how they see the rest of the house. If it’s shabby, they’ll expect to see more flaws. If it’s beautiful, they’ll expect to see a well-maintained home.
Strangely, we see what we expect. Our subconscious minds tend to reinforce our first impressions and instantly-formed opinions. A new front door could make all the difference in what prospective buyers see when they tour your Post Falls house.
That means: When selling a Post Falls home, a new front door is a sound investment.
Polls show that a new front door is one of the most cost-effective upgrades a homeowner can make when listing a house for sale. A new door will almost always return more than 100% of its cost – and it will help the house sell faster.
However – If the old door is only a bit tired, scrub it, sand it, paint it, and add shiny new hardware. You’ll get the same impact for even less cost.
If you have a screen door / storm door make sure it’s clean, not dented, hanging straight, and free from rips in the screen.
P.S. Another upgrade that almost always more than pays for itself is a new garage door. Is yours in need of replacement?