How to stage your front porch if you plan to sell your home this spring

If you’re putting your home on the market this spring, you may find yourself asking, “how much money do I put into my house?”

Well, there is not one simple, all encompassing answer.

The exterior of your home makes the first impression on your prospective buyers.  Whether buyers see your home for the first time online, or in person, you only have a few seconds to capture their attention.

If the curb appeal is negative, or even neutral, it’s challenging to get them to take a second look, let alone go inside with an open mind.

Luckily, there are some simple solutions that can really pack a punch.

Here are three easy ways to increase the curb appeal of your home without spending major bucks.

Refresh your door

Your front door is an integral part of the first impression and acts as the gateway to your home.

Make sure it opens easily, no squeaks or dents. Add a fresh coat of paint if it’s looking dingy and wash any glass.

A new door knocker, door knob, mail box and house numbers can do wonders too.

Your front door sets the tone for you home.

It’s worth it, I promise.

Stage your porch

Make your home inviting by putting out a new welcome mat, outdoor lanterns and if space permits, perhaps a bistro set or a rocking chair.

Invest in some potted plants or hanging baskets to add a pop of spring color. In the spring, summer and fall seasons it’s easy to find inexpensive pottery for your plants to add some lush greenery to your facade.

Whether your porch is a focal point of your home or not, it’s the first thing buyers will see. Let it make a good first impression.

Power washing: it’s magic

If your porch has some peeling paint, or stains, a power washer can clear it up in no time! Take the time to clean the area and reapply paint or stain for a brand new look.

While the porch is the main focal point of the front of your home, don’t forget about the siding/shingles. Power wash these as well and replace any rotted/broken pieces. Doing so now will pay dividends in your future sale price.

When you meet someone for the first time, you want to impress them. The same holds true for your home. Impress buyers with a clean and inviting exterior. They’ll ride those feelings into your home and have a positive experience throughout the showing.

Photos via Lavin Label

Written by Nicole Regan