Have You Rung the Doorbell?

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Home Stager with Design To Market LLC

I can't believe that I haven't thought about this before, but I was teaching a staging class this week and a Realtor in the class asked if we had suggestions for doorbells!   Her concern was that: 

 

  1. They might not work
  2. They might make some ridiculous noise or play a song
We have been staging Cincinnati homes for over 7 years and I have to admit that the only doorbell comments I have made are when they are cracked or the button itself is damaged.  

I am not posting this because I have lost sleep over doorbells but rather it made me think of the possibility that we are missing other seemingly insignificant "under the radar" issues in homes.  

Please share!



Jo Potvin Design To Market Home Staging 513-265-0952 www.designtomarketllc.com 

 

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Rainer
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Kathy Burke
S.F. East Bay Home Staging
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA

That's something I would mention to a seller and put on a "to do" list if I rang it and it didn't work....it is not something I always "test" since there are times I don't need to ring it.

October 10, 2010 10:12 AM
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Janice Ankrett
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional
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I've never really thought about this. Really, I've usually rung the bell when I arrive. I don't think I've come across one that didn't work LOL.

October 10, 2010 07:00 PM
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Valerie Zinger
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House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Jo: 

Doorbells that don't work.  These could drive you crazy because you, the person at the door, think they have rung and that no one is home.  Before going into a house for a showing, I always ring the bell.   I no longer trust all doorbells to work so I follow up with a knock on the door. 

There would be nothing worse than to walk in on a Seller.   

October 11, 2010 02:23 PM
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Kristine Ginsberg
Morris County, NJ Stager
Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC

It's something I've never thought about so thanks for the tip. Personally, I would let the owner know if it wasn't working or and let them handle it. I will pay more attention to it in the future...

October 13, 2010 11:11 AM
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Lorri Baranyai
Spot On Staging & Design

A doorbell is tremendously important.  As buyers wait for the agent to open the door, their attention is focused on that area.  A new doorbell plate or trim is an inexpensive fix and re-enforces the impression of a well-cared-for home.  Ringing the bell as you enter is a great idea, especially if your doorbell has an impressive tone rather than a buzzer sound.  

At my own front door, I have taken it further.  I have a front door with a large oval glass design in it.  I cut a wooden oval plate to use as a backer for my decorative doorbell cover.  I also have speakers mounted under the soffit that play music softly all year round - I even change the tunes to suit the season.  You would not believe how many people have come to my front door and commented on how much they enjoy it.  Even my mailman says he enjoys taking a few minutes to sit on the nearby bench and just listen.  

First impressions really do count.

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