5 Ways To Create an Inviting Front Porch To Attract Buyers
I was talking with my agent, Monica Hess tonight. We were discussing an upcoming article she is doing for a magazine.
As she was trying to come up with ideas for her topic, I told her how I felt a front porch needed to give a good vibe in order for the house to sell.
Some front porches are clean and nice but lack comfortable places to sit or interesting areas.
They are one of the first areas of your home that new buyers will see and gather a first impression.
Here are my 5 simple ideas that I used on my front porch:
- Keep it clean. Each morning when I let my dog out, I spend time sweeping away bugs and leaves. I also take off dead leaves and flowers off the plants. By the time I do this my dog is ready to come back in.
- Comfortable furniture. What I have on my porch isn't new. The bench had been in my Dad's Greyhound Station since the 40's, the wicker table I found on a curb that someone didn't want. Check secondhand stores for furniture that can be recycled. I prefer wood over metal. Even a chair with a seat out can be a plant stand.
- Look for cheap pillows that if they get wet or stained you can just replace or wash them. These were a few bucks each and can from a discount store. I liked the Mai-tai drink designs on these. I carry these in if it starts to rain.
- Plants. Buy a few on the sale table at a garden center that look exotic. I put these in odd containers and in a few weeks they burst back with new life. By putting them on the porch they have a chance to recover. My favorite one now is my Desert Rose. I love the trunk of this one, it looks like a body! I used a tub with a leaky bottom to plant purple petunias. The ferns are very hardy and fare better than flowers in hot weather. I redo them fresh every spring. Don't put the hanging ferns up till after Mother's Day to keep Robins from building nests in them. It breaks all the fronds I found out.
- Use rugs or paint the concrete with a stain if the porch is in bad condition. There are some nice outdoor rugs that resist the weather really well.
I like the idea that the front porch should be just as inviting as the inside of your house. Spend a little time thinking of unique pieces to add some pizazz!
It might be all the buyer needs to imagine themselves there with a nice glass of sweet tea and a book.
Next step might be an offer!
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5 Inexpensive Ways To Create An Inviting Front Porch To Attract Buyers