Annapolis Md Homes and More: Homes Staging Tips- 8 tips For Your Doors.

Homes Staging Tips- 8 tips For Your Doors.

First impressions are huge when selling your home. And that means your patio and/or deck door as well. Kathy has some wonderful tips for making that first impression the best it can be.

For more tips on selling your Annapolis area home give me a call. I'd be happy to assist you in making your home selling experience a success.

Home Staging Tip- 8 Tips to Make Sure Your Doors Aren’t Keeping Your Buyers from Seeing the House!  

As you are preparing your house for sale, you will not want to overlook Home staging tipsyour doors and the areas around them.   Your doors do much more than serve as a portal through which your buyers will pass.  

They are what says “Welcome, please come in” to your Buyer.  This is also where your Buyer waits in eager anticipation to see your property while your agent is retrieving the key to get into your property.

While they’re waiting, your Buyer has plenty of time to look around, up and down at your entryway and door.

This is so important!  At a Staging Consultation recently, the agent and I could not get out to view the pool area.  One door was stuck and the other had so many locks and bars on it, we couldn’t get out.

Check these Staging Tips to make sure your doors aren’t keeping your buyers from seeing the house!

Front Door:

1.  Visit yourself!

Most of us rarely use our front door, so it’s a good idea to go to yours and see exactly what your buyers will see.

door hardware2.  Check the hardware.

Update it if it needs it, polish it and clean it.  Remember,this is one of the first impressions your house will leave on your Buyer.

3.  Make sure it works.

Don’t make their agent struggle trying to get into the door.  Check the locks and make sure they work.

4. If your door needs it, sand it, paint it, or consider a new one.

5.  Make sure the area is clean and fresh.  

Get rid of spider webs and dirt, get a fresh Welcome Mat and make it sparkle.


Back Patio Sliders:

1.  Make sure your Buyer can get out to see your patio/pool area.

This is so important!  

Remove all of your locks, bars, clips, and whatever you use to secure your patio door before a showing.   Don’t make the agent and their buyers stand there breaking fingernails, etc. trying to get out to see your pool/patio area.

2.  Make sure your patio doors will slide and not get stuck when your Buyers walk out.

Call a professional if it is sticking or easily comes off track

3. Clean the tracks.

This will take some work, but it’s part of the house and you need to make it clean.

If you’re preparing your home for sale, take some time to make sure that your doors are sending the right message to your buyers.

Call Room Service Home Staging and ask for our tailored - just - for- you Home Staging Consultation.  



 Kathy Streib 

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About the Author Martha Brown- As a third generation Annapolitan I love to write about my experiences in and out of the real estate market. Licensed since 1992 all with Long & Foster I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Seller Representation Specialist (SRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. My goal is to help my clients understand the real estate market and to then make sound real estate decisions. 


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Comment balloon 5 commentsMartha Brown • June 22 2014 07:43AM


Dear Martha -

Great re-blog!  Kathy is very smart about her career in Home Staging!




Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) almost 5 years ago

First impressions can make or break the deal Martha, let's pay attention to those details! Thanks for the reblog.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 5 years ago

Lynn I agree. Kathy knows her stuff for sure

It sure can Tom. thats why I wanted to get the word out and Kathy says it perfectly.

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for the reblog of Kathy's post. I missed this but there is some great information worth sharing


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 5 years ago

Sure enough Jeff. I thought the same thing.

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) almost 5 years ago