How to stage a welcoming front porch

You might already know the importance of a home’s curb appeal. The front porch is a key component of this concept. Once you’ve got potential buyers up to your home’s entrance, it’s time to start putting your best foot forward. You want them to be excited about the opportunity to see the rest. Keep reading to discover how you can make a first impression. 

Begin with the basics

Before you start designing your porch, ensure that the basics are in order. You’ll want to lay the groundwork for an entryway that’s polished and put together. Clean the area thoroughly. You should clean the windows and sweep away any leaves. 

Now, you can focus on the details once you have a clean slate. Make sure to check for any missing or damaged items. Are shutters in need of repair? If you have brick, stone, or maybe wooden posts out front, make sure they’re in good condition. Lastly, it’s important not to overlook the little things, like double checking that the doorbell works and the house number looks good. 

Refresh the paint

A front porch seating area. There are two green chairs and a table.

It is important to choose the right paint for your exterior. You should pay attention to where the entryway is painted when you are selling your home. Maybe it needs a fresh coat, or maybe you’ll change things up completely. Decide whether you want to keep your home in neutral tones or experiment with color choices like shutters and window borders. Try different things to find the right atmosphere for your home.

The Front Door is the Most Important!

The front of a home with steps leading up to a bright red front door.

Your front door is likely one of the first places a buyer’s eyes will land. Think about what kind of statement you’re trying to make. It might be a bold, complementary color to the rest of your house. This can stand out against other neutral paint colors. You can also add some decor to your home, such as a wreath or doormat. Be careful not to add too many details or make it personal. 


The front of a house, with chairs on either side of the front door.

Show off outdoor furniture, if space permits. You can show the potential social space by using benches and chairs. Whether you choose wood, wicker, or another material for your outdoor furniture, be sure it contributes to the look you’re going for. You want to make the area livable for potential buyers. Add decorative elements such as throw pillows or a seat to complete the look.

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