Why your front door matters when selling your home

As the common saying suggests, we should never judge a book by its cover. The truth is, though, that we do. If we don’t like the cover of a book, we won’t pick it up and read the synopsis. We are all guilty of this from time to time, and when it comes to property, the same rules often apply. When looking to buy a new home, buyers want to fall in love at first sight, which is why the entrance to your home needs to have the ‘wow’ factor.

Your rooms will often have a focal point, whether that’s a fireplace, some wooden beams adding period character, or a feature wall. A focal point is designed to draw the eye to an attractive feature, and the focal point of your home’s exterior is always the front door, which is why it really matters when selling your home.

How do you create a door that wows?

Finish

Front doors come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. From plastic, to metal, to wood, you have a choice of materials, but you should bear in mind the architectural style of your property. For example, a modern uPVC door might look out of place in a period property, where a more classic wooden design would be better suited.

Once you’ve chosen the door, that’s not the end of the journey. You need to make sure you keep it in great condition, to welcome prospective buyers into your home. Over time, your property will be subject to the great British weather, which, as we know, can leave your front door looking tired and dilapidated. Before viewings, wash down your door with warm, soapy water to remove that layer of grime, and it will shine like new again.

 

Colour

The colour of your front door can improve its appearance, and help your home to sell. According to Zoopla, the exterior of your home is the most commonly used leading image by estate agents. That is why the colour of your front door is so important. Although more neutral colours such as greys appeal to a wider audience, there is no reason why you can’t have a bit of fun with your front door (within reason!) and inject some personality into your property.

Our favourite front door colours are:

  • Post box red – a classic British colour that makes a bold statement of confidence, energy, and a warm welcome.
  • Duck egg blue – a cool, calm and collected hue, implying a haven of relaxation and freedom.
  • Sage green – a natural shade that is synonymous with trust, care, and traditional values
  • Jet black – an elegant, modern, and timeless choice, suggesting strength, power, and sophistication.
  • Pure white – an epitome of cleanliness, freshness, and newness. White suggests tidiness and organisation within your property.
  • Sunshine yellow – a happy colour to lift your mood and welcome potential buyers with a smile.

 

Our top front door colours to avoid would be:

 

  • Hot pink – often considered a feminine shade, this doesn’t appeal to everyone!
  • Burnt orange – this strong colour can clash with brick work, and can also look a little aggressive and off-putting.
  • Grass green – we love more natural looking green hues, but bright green is a step too far.
  • Bland beige – plain, creamy colours can look dirty very quickly, and might also be mistaken for a white door that’s yellowed with time, which is not a good look!

 

Fittings   

  • For more advice on how to prepare your home for sale, contact your local Bidmead Cook branch.
  • Your front door is the entrance to your home; it is the first impression buyers will have, and will set the tone for the rest of the viewing. Spend a little time and TLC on your front door to draw house-hunters in, and they will be excited to see what’s inside your property too.
  • Finally, it’s important not to forget about the fittings on and around your front door, including the letterbox, door bell, door knocker, and house number. Giving them a quick polish will make them gleam, but if they’re looking past their best, you should think about replacing them, because rusty door fittings on a freshly painted door can ruin the effect.

Your front door is the entrance to your home; it is the first impression buyers will have, and will set the tone for the rest of the viewing. Spend a little time and TLC on your front door to draw house-hunters in, and they will be excited to see what’s inside your property too.

 

For more advice on how to prepare your home for sale, contact your local Bidmead Cook branch.