Get a foot in sales door

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Real Estate - AN­DREW WIN­TER

KERB ap­peal, street ap­peal, the first im­pres­sion – th­ese are well used phrases and we un­der­stand them.

But, we do not seem to take them too se­ri­ously, oth­er­wise our res­i­den­tial streets would all be man­i­cured, de­sign savvy, stylish and fault­less.

This week, I would like to con­cen­trate on one very spe­cific area of the first im­pres­sion of any home.

Some­times, in all the fuss to tidy the yard, fix the gut­ters, re­pair the fence or paint the win­dows this prime el­e­ment is over­looked.

But it is a key part of the over­all aes­thetic of the fa­cade of the home.

The en­trance door is the way into the home, the fea­ture that you can­not ig­nore.

It is the one el­e­ment that can tell you so much in ad­vance about the home and even start the neg­a­tive or pos­i­tive ini­tial ‘feel’ about it. Sell­ing is all about the de­tails and the right im­pres­sions and this is not some item buried away in a sec­ondary room or a de­sign fea­ture that some strate­gic plant­ing can dis­guise.

Hon­estly are you happy with your en­trance door?

Does it re­flect the home in a pos­i­tive way? Here are my tips to en­sure it does.

• Screen doors; I know we love them and that they ful­fil a very prac­ti­cal pur­pose, but the stan­dard screen door does noth­ing ex­cept date and cheapen the look of your home. For sell­ing, re­move it. In her­itage homes there are choices of clas­sic screens and this can ac­tu­ally en­hance the aes­thetics some­times.

For a more mod­ern home where a screen door is es­sen­tial go for clear mesh types, which are more ex­pen­sive but worth ev­ery dollar.

If you have at­trac­tive en­try doors, hid­ing them be­hind a screen is not ideal.

• Your en­try door should rep­re­sent and com­ple­ment the style of your home, not clash.

A con­tem­po­rary home should have a door to suit that style, clas­sic homes the same.

Tim­ber doors are great, but en­sure this is not the only tim­ber de­tail in the fa­cade, garage or fenc­ing.

If you have an en­try door shielded from the street by a front court­yard, con­sider glass doors, which give a clear view of the court­yard.

Painted doors of­ten fea­ture colours such as a dark or soft grey or off black. Any colour you dis­cover that is on trend can look great.

• Locks and han­dles need to sparkle and suit the style of the door and home.

No squeaks, no strug­gling to open or close the door and if there is glass in­volved, that should shine too.

Clear glass strangely al­ways has the edge on style but if this is sim­ply not prac­ti­cal con­sider frosted glass to give a clean mod­ern look.

This frosted glass doesn’t have to be solid, but in pan­els or edged in clear glass, this can add the pri­vacy you need with real style.

• Size and scale can mean a mod­est townhouse may only have the space for a stan­dard door, but of­ten you can cre­ate a grander look in a con­ven­tional home when the door has side pan­els.

Con­sider a new wider door and sud­denly the home’s en­try will take on a whole new im­age. Dou­ble, ex­tra wide doors are al­ways prefer­able over the stan­dard door and side pan­els and make life a lot eas­ier when you move.

• De­signs and styles are end­less and even ma­jor DIY stores have a huge range.

Wider and taller doors all come with a pre­mium cost but the im­pres­sion of style and qual­ity will be set. If you want to know where to start, look at prop­erty ad­verts in print and on­line and check out your neigh­bours for in­spi­ra­tion.

Sell­ing, ren­o­vat­ing or sim­ply con­tin­u­ing to live in – con­sider your en­try door and help the aes­thetic of your street.


OPEN HOUSE: The front door and en­trance to your home makes a last­ing im­pres­sion on po­ten­tial buy­ers.

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