The cottage is surrounded by VERY large trees, many of them pines. The entryway to the house has a small deck and that deck ALWAYS has pine needles on it. Not a ton, just enough to be annoying
Because the pine needles can have a bit of sap residue on them, they stick to your shoes as you walk into the house . That perennially leaves five to ten pine needles somewhere on the kitchen floor (where the entry door is located) at all times.
Needless to say it makes me a bit nuts.
While we were there I took to sweeping the deck entryway a few times a day. It didn’t completely solve the problem, but it certainly helped.
It got me thinking that, if the owners ever wanted to sell this cottage, the needles might be an issue. The few stray needles on the kitchen floor always make the place seem unkempt, even though the cottage itself is spotless.
So, if your house is on the market and the entryway where your potential buyers enter your home has a similar situation…pine needles, leaves, acorns, etc…be aware of it and sweep it clean when you know you have a showing.
Your front entryway really does make a first, and sometimes lasting, impression on a buyer!
Image: Vintage Mama’s Cottage