Front Porch First Impressions

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Success Realty

The front porch is the first place buyer's will see as they come over for a showing. Especially if the Realtor fumbles with the lock box at all. To make sure your front porch is looking it's best start with a pressure wash. If you don't have one, The Balster Action Team has one you can use for FREE just for being a client. Sweep your porch on a regular basis especially when it's needed and remove any cobwebs lurking in the corners of the entryway.

A "Wipe Your Paws" welcome mat is cute but you don't want to leave any evidence of pets while your house is on the market. Pack it away until you get in your beautiful new home and for now put a simple clean "Welcome" mat in its place. Remove any signs that claim the property as your own and make sure the address is clear and visible from the street.

Wash the windows (inside and out) and don't forget any windows on the front door or on the screen door if you have one. Getting a new front door can really give your house a new look (they can run from $500-$2000) but if that's not in the budget, just make sure the door you have is clear of any scuff marks, hand prints or scratches. Pay close attention to door handles, handrails and the doorbell. Buyers may put their hands on these areas and probably won't notice if they are clean but will leave a negative impression if they aren't.

Adding a potted plant always gives the home a warm touch. Don't go overboard, you don't want your porch to be cluttered. Make sure you water regularly, a dead plant can have the opposite effect.

Comments (2)

Kristal Wilson
KB Home - Fontana, CA
Cause We Like 'Em New ~ New Home Specialist!

Luke & Lene ~ you're absolutely correct. First impressions can't be changed so don't neglect the entry/porch.

Jun 11, 2012 08:25 AM
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

It is the first and last impression. 

They see it as they enter, they see it as they drive away. 

Second dates are rare if the first one was not good. 

Jun 11, 2012 09:42 AM