Quick Home Sale Strategy – Tip #3: New Door Hardware

Updated style door knobsIn the current South Florida buyer’s market it’s important that your house stand out above the competition if you want to have a good chance of selling it reasonably quickly.  Home buyers today are looking for signs that the house they’re looking at has not only been well maintained but also updated over the years.  Many buyers want that “new home look” without the price tag that almost always comes with the purchase of a new home.  In my experience, one of the things home buyers do when comparing resale homes is figure out how much time and money they’ll have to put into a house before they can get it to look how they’d like it to look.

Outdated door knobsIf you are at all a DIY (do-it-yourself) type of home seller, then consider whether your interior door knobs could use some updating.  If your door handles look more like the example on the right than that on the top left, you may want to invest some money on the newer, updated styles of door handles.  The example on the top left can be found at Lowes for $23.97 plus tax (that comes to an investment of about $127 for a typical 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house with five interior doors) and is the style many South Florida new home builders have been installing on their interior doors in recent years.  While you’re at it, you may want to invest in new door stops, too, if your old ones won’t match your new door handles.  Of course, an exception to the suggestion of new door knobs is if you own a home with an architectural style (Victorian, Craftsman, etc.) that is better off with the original or restored hardware in order to stay in character with the home.

Door StopSurprisingly, sometimes it really is these little touches that make a difference in whether or not your house is appealing enough for buyers to want to put an offer in rather than continue looking at homes.  Home buyers usually look at the overall picture, not just any one thing — but it’s the small things that make up the larger picture.  This tip along with my other quick home sale tips are based on comments I have personally heard buyers make as I show them homes.  First and foremost, though… in any market, but especially in the buyer’s market that South Florida is currently experiencing, your home must be priced competitively as none of these home improvements will make a bit of difference if your home is overpriced.

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2 Responses to “Quick Home Sale Strategy – Tip #3: New Door Hardware”

  1. Bonnie Erickson Says:

    I’ve found that buyers are not always aware of the “little” things except in a gut reaction. A home with dirty switch plate covers and windows “feels” dirty even though the rest of the home is clean. The buyer can’t put their finger on it, but . . . The same is true with the little updates. They aren’t always specifically noted but give a sense of updating. Another relatively inexpensive update is lights. It’s amazing what the change from bright brass to pewter does to the feel of the house.

  2. Leanne Paynter Says:

    I’ve noticed the same thing… that if buyers see something such as dirty dishes in the sink, they tend to view the rest of the house as dirty even if it’s clean. Some buyers notice the details more than others just because they are either picky or a detail-oriented person. Oh, and yes, lighting is very important… not just the type but also the amount. Some homes I’ve shown have been anything but “light and bright” and can appear smaller because of how little lighting there is.


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