Update Your Entry for Maximum Curb Appeal — Help Drive Traffic to Your Door
First impressions count, especially when you have a “For Sale” sign out front. If you are preparing your home to sell, or just want to create a more welcoming entrance for guests, consider these suggestions to enhance curb appeal and make your entryway more inviting to all who enter.
- Clear a path
Ideally, the path to your front door should be at least three feet wide to allow guests to walk shoulder-to-shoulder, with an open view and no stumbling hazards. Make sure overhanging branches and foliage are trimmed to allow unobstructed access to your front door. If you are preparing to show your home, make sure the walkway is swept and clear of debris.
- Dress up your door
Consider a fresh coat of paint to brighten your door, and touch up the trim. Wash any windows around your doorway, clean existing screens and hose off your entryway to make it sparkle. The front door should always be the main attraction.
- Refresh or replace hardware
Swap out bland doorknobs and knockers for instant low cost pizzazz. While doorbells are the norm, a classic knocker will never run out of battery life. If your hardware is in good condition, polish it up to make it shine.
- Go Green
Plants liven up an entrance, so a few well-placed plants in matching pots will add instant color and beauty to your entry.
- Light the way
Install bright outdoor lighting to make your doorway stand out at night, and add landscape lighting along the path to lead guests to your door. Solar lights are inexpensive and easy to install.
- Numbers Count
Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street – install it with lighting nearby. If your house number is still in good shape, polish it until it glows. If it looks old and dated, installing a new number is relatively easy and inexpensive to do.
- Footwork A hard-working doormat to wipe muddy feet is essential. Purchase a new doormat for $20 – $50, and later take it with you to your new home. I’m a big fan of Waterguard Doormats from Land’s End – mine still looks great after more than six years!