Hardware Helps Sell Homes Faster

Builders, realtors and home owners turn to Direct Door Hardware’s online store to find quality hardware like Schlage, Emtek, Sure-Loc and Weslock products. Realizing the importance of creating a lasting impression for buyers in a slow housing market, sellers upgrade their door knobs or cabinet hardware to give their homes a fresh and up to date look.

Logan, UT (PRWEB) May 13, 2008 — As the housing market continues to struggle in many regions of the country; it becomes more difficult for home owners, home builders and realtors to get their homes sold. Sellers have to be aggressive and sometimes creative in how they can set their home apart from the rest and get it sold quicker. An easy and fairly inexpensive fix that can make a big difference is updating door or cabinet hardware. Especially at the front door (the first contact a buyer will have with the home) a good impression is crucial.

Entry Door with handle set.
Quailty Door Hardware can make a lasting good impression for potential home buyers.

Direct Door Hardware, a Logan, Utah company has been helping home owners, builders and Realtors make a better impression and improve the perceived value their homes for years. Their online hardware store offers a wide variety of door hardware brands and styles to give any home an improved look. When a buyer opens the front door of a home, a good quality door knob or handle set can make a lasting impression of quality. It’s important to make that initial contact the best possible. Worn out brass door knobs can date a home and make it feel cheap and old. For a few hundred dollars a seller can replace their old door knobs with up to date styles and finishes like oil rubbed bronze or satin nickel. On a tight budget, just upgrading the front door hardware can make a big difference.

Another area of the home that sellers can make a big impact is in the kitchen. Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in the house to a buyer. Adding some stylish cabinet knobs can give the kitchen a refreshing and up to date look and make some bland cabinets look finished and dignified. Good cabinet knobs can be purchased for just a few dollars per knob or less and are generally easy to install making this a simple upgrade for a seller to make.

Direct Door Hardware provides quality brands like Schlage, Emtek, Weslock and Sure-loc to home owners, builders and realtors. Their easy to use website has a huge selection of popular hardware styles that are often not available at your local hardware store. From the comfort of home, customers can browse an extensive collection of hardware products not available at their local hardware store. Direct Door Hardware’s knowledgeable staff is available to help customers choose the right type of door hardware for their application.

Sell Your Home Easier

With the housing slump everyone is concerned about it becomes more and more difficult to sell your home if you need to. I think a lot of the panic stems from the media and not necessarily economic conditions in certain areas. There are definately areas in the country where the market is in the dumps, but other areas are being impacted more by the panic that the media portrays. Either way, its a little harder to sell homes these days than it has been in recent years. Having bought and sold home several times, I thought I’d share with you some tips on how to sell your home easier.

1- Color. Some might argue that nuetral tones are always best. I would agree to a certain extent but I think some good color choices (on the walls)?can go a long way in your home. Extremely bright colors may not be your best option, but I think some warm greens, medium browns and even some muted earthy oranges make the home feel comfortable and livable. A home that is completely beige is boring. Do a walk through in your home and touch up any damaged walls or trim work so that your home has a fresh look.

2 – Staging. Some people just have way to much furniture and decor in my opinion. If it suits their needs while living there, great! but it makes a home feel cramped and has a negative impact on the perception buyers will have. It helps to go through your home and remove furniture that is not necessary or makes areas feel tight. You want your home to feel spacious, but you don’t want to remove everything or its harder for people to imagine living there. It is also recommended by some that you remove family pictures during open houses so that buyers perceive the home as an available product for sale and not someone elses home.

3- Make it look finished. Finish projects that are not done. People want to move into a home they don;t have to work on. Unfinished projects are a turn off.

4 – First Impressions are Key. Of course I will say this because we sell door hardware, but I think it is important. If you walk up to a home and the yard is a mess, the doorbell button is sun damaged and broken and the front door is shabby with an ugly, dented?brass doorknob on it – its an immediate turn off. Spend a little time cleaning up around the entrance to your home, replace the old standard builder grade door bell with a new doorbell cover, and get rid of the dated brass doorknob. Repaint your front door and install a good quality handleset. These minor and fairly inexpensive touches will drastically improve the first impression your buyer has of your home.

There are a lot of other things that you can do to make your home more sellable. I think the key is doing what you can to make your home up to date and complete so the buyer does not invision a lot of work ahead of them after purchase. If it were me, I would replace all brass doorknobs because they are so dated these days. When a buyer sees the brass doorknobs the perception is low end and cheap because it was the builder standard for so many years. We rarely sell brass anymore unless it is vintage hardware for an historic type home. We have some great deals on egg shaped knobs or good quality door levers that are fairly inexpensive and would be a drastic improvement over the builder grade brass. You can also give your kitchen (another key area of the home)?an updated look with nickel or oil rubbed bronze cabinet knobs or pulls. You can spend a few hundred dollars on hardware or lights in main rooms and make your home much more desirable. When the housing market is in a slump, little things like this can go a long way to help your home stand out amongst all the rest.