Typically, the best way to sell a house is to make it as welcoming as possible. You want buyers to immediately feel at home there…and ultimately, to imagine actually making their home there. As such, home sellers should always roll out the proverbial red carpet, treating house hunters to an accommodating experience from the minute they enter the house to the minute they leave.
Actually, your red-carpet experience should begin even before the buyer enters the house. Specifically, we recommend making your front porch or stoop as welcoming as can be, and in this post, we’ll show you how.
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Tips to Make the Front Stoop More Welcoming
With that said, what can sellers do to maximize those warm-and-welcoming vibes on the front stoop?
First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure the area is well-lit. That includes illumination for the steps up onto your porch, as well as the front door itself. Not only is this important for showcasing the property, but it’s an important safety precaution.
It’s worth noting that most of your showings will be during daylight hours, but you may have a few house hunters come when it’s dark out, especially in fall and winter. Make sure your front lighting is turned on, that the bulbs are all working, and that you have sufficient lighting fixtures to give your stoop a tantalizing glow.
Check Your Door
The thing that really makes your front porch seem inviting is the door itself. The question is, does your door welcome people in…or does it make them want to back away?
If your door is old and beat-up, you have a couple of options. In some cases, a fresh coat of paint can make all the difference in the world. But if you think your front door is too far gone, you may need to have a new one installed. Note that this is one investment you can typically recoup once you get the place sold.
Put Out the Welcome Mat
This one is completely literal. You’ll want to have a mat out front where your guests can wipe their feet. Nobody wants to track mud into another person’s home, and the last thing you want is for your house hunters to feel guilty or self-conscious about dirty feet.
If possible, you may also want to put a small bench or seating area just inside the front door, which can provide your house hunters a chance to slip off their shoes if that’s what makes them feel more comfortable.
A truly welcoming front porch area is naturally going to have some seating, whether that means rocking chairs, a swing, or just a nice bench.
Make sure you clean your porch furniture thoroughly, especially during pollen season. And, buy some fresh cushions for your chairs and your swing. Opt for bright, vibrant, and seasonally appropriate colors.
Display Your House Number
It’s important that your house number be highly visible to those who are driving by or pulling up. Even in the era of Google Maps and GPS, your house hunters will still want to make sure they’ve found the right place.
You can get decorative numbers at a home improvement store or buy them online; look for a chic way to display them not just on your mailbox, but also on the front of the house itself.
Add Some Greenery
Another important way to make your front porch more inviting…and to increase your chances of getting the place sold…is to put out some healthy green plant life.
If it’s in-season, some vibrant, colorful flowers can be especially appealing.
And if flowers aren’t in-season, something like an autumnal wreath can be almost as effective.
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With these tips, you’re ready to spruce up your front stoop and make your home maximally inviting to potential buyers.
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