First Impressions: Your Front Entrance

A saturated blue door keeps this two-toned house from fading into the landscape, but it still maintains a traditional feel.
A saturated blue door keeps this two-toned house from fading into the landscape, but it still maintains a traditional feel.

First impressions are made at the front door. Before buyers see the staged home, smell the cookies baking, or hear the pleasant music, they drive up and see the front entrance. The color of your front door and how orderly your garden is says more than you may think. Potential buyers drive by, and your home entrance may encourage them to stop and schedule a showing or to keep going by.

The front entrance is the first and last thing people see. It’s their first impression and lasting memory. Do you want it to be stuck in the minds of buyers for bad reasons? Get your front entrance on par with the rest of your home. A strong impression of quality here subtly colors a visitor’s perception of the whole house.

DO paint your door a welcoming, vibrant color. Like the interior of your home, choose colors that would naturally be found in nature. Blues, greens, and browns are stylish colors that will be the best received.

DON’T leave your garbage cans out by the front door. Buyers should not have to strategically slide by. Keep walkways empty and clear. Move clutter to the garage and trash out of sight and smell.

DO upkeep your lawn care and keep everything trimmed. Leaves should be raked, the lawn should be mowed, snow should be shoveled, and bushes should be clipped.

DON’T put the buyers and visitors at risk. Driveways and sidewalks can become slippery slopes during winter months. Shovel snow for convenience but salt the sidewalk for safety.

Your entry door is said to be the portal to the soul of the house. Have your door reflect what your home has to offer.

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.

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