House numbers & mailbox: Although these are very inexpensive items in the overall scheme of things, they are very important to the creation of positive initial impressions. Don't skimp on the cost of these two features. Gold-plated tile, or wooden house numbers are all very attractive. Mailbox holders come in a large variety of designs - pick out one that's compatible with the neighborhood but one that will add a little flair to the house.
Porch & front door: This area of the house creates the important final transition from the outside to the inside. In many of the tract homes built during the booming 1950's, the porch was a feature that was simply omitted. Even with some new construction today, the porch is deleted or given little attention. This is a mistake, because people want and need a front porch to provide a little protection from the weather as they enter or leave a house. The porch also is an area that people can decorate with flowers, lighting, and a welcome mat to greatly enhance the appeal to Visitors (and Buyers). Look for inexpensive ways to spiff up your front porch. If your house doesn't have one, consider putting one in. You can typically get one installed for less than $1,000.00 depending on design. The front door is your final chance to make an initial statement about the quality of your house, in the older houses that you work with, the front door almost always needs to be replaced. Suggestions: solid-wood or raised-panel with glass inserts or metal door: What is important is that it be of good quality and finish. The addition of a shiny brass or gold-plated door handle and knocker adds the finishing touch of class. This is important, even in the lower-priced homes and neighborhoods.
ONE FINAL THOUGHT BEFORE YOU GO INSIDE - MAKE SURE THE DOORBELL WORKS!!!