Quick Home Facelift – Make Your Home Easier to Sell

Are you trying to sell your home? Do you have the old polished brass doorknobs and fixtures from the 80’s and 90’s? This is a common dilemma that many people face when trying to sell their home. My brother is in the market for a home so recently I have been looking at several homes with him. I’m amazed at how little effort people put in to selling their homes. There have a couple of homes that could probably sell for 5-10k more if the owner would spend a?couple hundred dollars on some minor things like the yard and -?you guessed it – doorknobs.

We just went to look at a home the other night. The owner had made some repairs on the old home replacing some doors – a great idea. Unfortunately he forgot to finish. Several doors in the home did not even have doorkobs on them, and those that did were old polished brass, slightly painted and even broken. Of course being a knob salesman I think this is a bad idea, but I think most Realtors would agree that it gives a home an unfinished feel, and broken knobs can have a negative effect on the home buyers impression of the home. In this case the owner could have spent $30-40 to have working knobs on every door, or he could have spent about $150-200 to replace all the brass with a more modern popular finish. The result, a much cleaner look, better quality feel and a home that looks 10 yrs newer.

My opinion may be biased, but having worked for a home builder for many years and having built and sold several homes myself… I know that people notice the things they can see and feel. Some?nice paint, and good looking hardware make a big difference on the perceived value of a home.

More and more realtors are starting to buy hardware packages from us to give the homes they sell a pretty inexpensive facelift that makes the home more sellable, and adds value. Some of our more popular knobs that are fairly inexpensive and easy to install are found here:

Sure-Loc Tahoe Round Knob
Sure-Loc Durango doorknobs

Sure-Loc Egg Shapped Knobs
Weslock Impresa Knob

You'd expect more from a doorknob salesman.

You would think being in the profession I am (selling door hardware) that I would promptly install my doorknobs in my basement upon finishing it. No, that is not the case. We finally finished our basement about a month ago and my doorknobs are still in their boxes in the storage room.

It’s really pretty silly if you ask me, doorknobs are so easy to install, it just takes an hour or so to get the job done on a basement. I’m really not sure what the hold up is to be honest. I just need to do it. I have actually had all the knobs for my basement since we built the home 3 years ago. We ordered Weslock Impresa knobs and I wanted to be sure I had enough just in case they changed the style. Luckily they hadn’t changed the style because I needed one more. We decided to add a closet that wasn’t on the original plan.

The good news, I did install the door knob on the bathroom door. I had a knob with a split finish sent so we have polished chrome on the interior and satin nickel on the exterior to match the rest of the house. We had ordered some polished chrome Dynasty bath accessories to match our?plumbing fixtures so we decided to get the chrome on the inside of the knob too.?It’s kind of a modern style bathroom, so we went with Dynasty’s Manhattan robe hooks, towel ring and?paper holder.??For some reason my wife isn’t too fond of towel bars, so we ended up just using robe hooks to hang the towels on. We actually have done that in every bathroom throughout the house. It is?really a great option when you are limited on wall space for a longer towel bar… but in our case, it is more of a preference than a solution.

Anyway, one knob down… ten more to go.