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5 Inexpensive Ways To Create An Inviting Front Porch To Attract Buyers

5 Inexpensive Ways To Create an Inviting Front Porch To Attract Buyers 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:

  1. 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. 5 Inexpensive Ways To Create an Inviting Front Porch To Attract Buyers
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Plants. Buy a few on the sale table at a garden center that look exotic. 5 Inexpensive Ways To Create an Inviting Front Porch To Attract Buyers 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. 5 Inexpensive Ways To Create an Inviting Front Porch To Attract Buyers 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.
  5. 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

Comment balloon 28 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • August 09 2009 10:22PM


Lizette- I love the pics and thanks for the tips. I agree with you that the front porch needs to be inviting...

Posted by Mike Hogan, MBA (The Hogan Group at Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago

Featured @ Club Chaos

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago


Just me


Posted by Crystal Kehoss (Conquest Financial Services) almost 10 years ago

Lizette--Great ideas! Staging should start with curb appeal. An inviting front porch can make a huge difference...Yours is beautiful!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the advice.  Exterior space such as front porches, back porches, decks, and patios can be turned into extensions of the home that actually make it feel much larger.

Posted by Peter Burr, Regional Manager. Atlanta, GA (The Buyers Agency, "Empowering Atlanta Home Buyers") almost 10 years ago



You are right that porch looks so cute and inviting. Good advice to all.

Posted by Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES (Intracoastal Realty Corp) almost 10 years ago

Great post.  Everyone thinks they will spend time on their porch ... even if they never do.  It also serves to create a fantastic first impression.  Good information.

Posted by Jim Valentine (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 10 years ago

Great post and lovely porch! 

I just have one thing to add and that is marine fabrics for pillows and cushions.  You can find them online or I have found them at JoAnn Fabric stores.  The advantage is most do not fade and are water resistent so if they are left out in the weather they will usually survive quite nicely.  If you do not sew, take them to your local dry cleaner/tailor and for a few dollars they will whip up a cover for your pillow or cushion.

Posted by Sandra Matson (Baird & Warner, Chicago) almost 10 years ago


Thanks for great advice and beautiful porch. I totally agree, it sets the mood for the rest of the house. You know what they say.... first impressions. I have actually entertained purchasing my own furniture to add to certain places, I think that would be very useful to have on hand for those areas that need a lift.

Here in the lnland Empire, CA, most homes are either short sale or bank owned. The problem with that is, many of the home owners do not even care what their house looks like. They are either anger or depression, that just adds to the problem of presenting the house in the best light.

Posted by Dianne Hicks (Realty ONE Group) almost 10 years ago

I'ld love to have a glass of tea thered!

Posted by Kim Dillon (Creative Eye Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

Very true! The porch is the first place the buyers will spend any time at & the last place they will see when they leave. Your suggestions are spot on. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Beth Jaworski (Shorewest Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Whaat a great inviting place to hang out in.  Makes me want to join you there.  First impressions really do count!

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) almost 10 years ago

Lizette - Great tips, porches are an extension of the house, it too must be "staged."

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) almost 10 years ago

Very inviting Lizette!  Makes me want to have a cup of coffee and read a good book!

Posted by Debbie Rumsey, Realtor, Green, SFR (HomeSmart Realty West, Carlsbad, CA) almost 10 years ago

Honestly, I was just mulling over a less than inviting porch on one of my listings.  Great tips.

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) almost 10 years ago

Ohhhh ... I thought you were going to tell inexpensive ways to create the porch itself.  (JK) I recently showed a house with a messy front porch - there was even a bowl of melted ice cream covered with flies.  Didn't bode well for the interior. And then another house with two front porches, and the buyer said, "I just can't see myself spending time there." What a missed opportunity for some good staging.

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) almost 10 years ago

great tips, have a listing now that could use a little help

Posted by Beau Ferguson, Realtor & Relocation Specialist / Rated 5 stars (Wilkinson ERA Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

All very good ideas.  It does not take much to make something look good (No cracks about my ex-wife now).

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

That's a sweet looking setting alright!  I love that old bench from the Greyhound station! 

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 10 years ago

Great pictures!  Wish we had more porches around here to enjoy your suggestions!

Posted by Carol Hanson Sheehy (Prudential Florida Realty) almost 10 years ago



Those photos just make me want to lounge around on the porch with a nice cold adult beverage!  Great post, and great tips!  Thank you!

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) almost 10 years ago

Gerat pics, great ideas. Let's have a glass of ice tea!


Posted by Susanne Novak, ABR, FIS, GRI (RE/MAX 24/7) almost 10 years ago

That's great, if you have a front porch.  Mine is a 3 x 3 slab of concrete, it's pretty hard to make it inviting.  My back porch totally rocks.  If only they could drive by and see it from the front.

Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) almost 10 years ago


Hit the yardsales! Great buys that can sit in the weather and age! Your porch looks very inviting. Do you serve REAL mai tai's?

Kathy Opatka

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) almost 10 years ago

I always wonder why people don't spend more time looking at the front of their house when they sell.  If it looks like trash from the street, people are just going to drive by.  Forget that 'don't judge a book by it's cover crap'.  When the agent is trying to fumble their way into the lockbox, the buyer gets to look around sometimes for quite awhile, and it should look good.  Sometimes it's so dirty, I don't want to touch anything!  Good post with great examples.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 10 years ago

Nothing like walking up to the front porch with spider webs, dead bugs, leaves and debris to create a negative impression.  As a realtor and ASP, that's the first job I tackle with the seller.  I take pictures to show them what potential buyers see and they're usually shocked.

Barb Mihalik Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, Wilmington, NC

Posted by Barb Mihalik (RE/MAX Elite) almost 10 years ago

Looks like a nice porch to sit and relax on!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the advice and ideas. I just listed a historic home... I know the porch is a "great selling feature". I copy and pasted the link to your blog to share with the sellers to help them get some ideas............ again....thank you!  Donna

Donna LaConte, REALTOR, Adams, Cameron & Co., REALTORS

Posted by Donna LaConte (KELLER WILLIAMS, Waynesville, NC) almost 10 years ago

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