One of the first impressions either positive or negative of a home is the front door or curb appeal – does the house invite visitors in or does it seem dirty and neglected. Either version sets the tone for the overall feel and impressions of the home. When looking at a front door and entry space we need put aside our “everyday” glasses and actually see what the space looks like to a visitor or if selling a home – potential buyer. Here are some hard questions to ask yourself about your space:
- Is the finish on the door pristine – fresh updated paint or stain, are there animal marks from household pets, does the door weather stripping drag? Often we don’t take time to look and really see the current condition of our space. This can be critical in the Home Selling process because owners need to present their space in the best possible condition without breaking the bank.
- Are the outside entry lights appropriate size and updated style for the house, is the glass clean and bulbs working? This is a relatively simple fix but often overlooked by many homeowners. Can you see the house numbers and are they attractive in style?
- Are there welcoming pots of flowers or evergreens greeting guests and an attractive front door wreath. There is nothing worse than walking up to a home and seeing chipped pots of weeds and remnants of past annuals. Be sure to wipe down space and get rid of any cobwebs or grime on entry windows.
- Insure there is an attractive welcome mat that does double duty of greeting guests and grabbing dirt off shoes.
- Make sure the walkway is easily navigable -shrubs and bushes are appropriate size and not encroaching on visitors. If possible include attractive outside lighting to welcome lighting to greet visitors as well as increase safety and curb appeal.
- Make sure hardware on door is updated – yes, the time has passed for the brass hardware and letters. Pull up Pinterest and get a plethora or ideas and images to compliment multiple home types and styles. This is an inexpensive and necessary update.
- If walkway or porch is spacious consider adding other items to say welcome – a bench with decorative outdoor pillows, oversized lanterns, fun decorative items that reflect the appropriate season-pumpkins or gourds in the fall, old fashioned sled in the winter. The key is to insure it is to scale with the space and does obstruct visitors or path.
Whatever your motivation take a minute to “look” at your front door or if you need a trained eye consider the services of a Stager to give suggestions and ideas for updating space and increasing enjoyment and curb appeal. West Tennessee Moving and Storage has partnered with area home stagers to help homeowners get their homes ready for the selling process and move to life’s next adventure.