Stage Your Porch To Sell Your Home
Help sell your home faster by staging your front porch. According to real estate guru, Barbara Corcoran, buyers decide to consider your home within the first 8 seconds so why not make the best first impression, whether online or in person. Staging your home is extremely important so be sure to include your front porch no matter the size. Use your porch as an asset, especially to get people to click when viewing online.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Stage Your Porch to Sell Your Home
Front Porch Ideas and More
Selling your home can sometimes seem overwhelming. You want to maximize the profit to not only
recoup your costs over the years but also to capture the appreciation of your home’s value.
Many decisions have to be mad. One of them is how to present your home to increase its selling
Staging your home is an important selling technique and creating a great first impression is
essential to any sale.
We’ve created this eBook to help you in that endeavor by providing ideas, tips, and examples for
staging one of your home’s greatest assets – your front porch, stoop, or entranceway. Mary and I
hope you find our information most helpful.
We encourage you to share this eBook by sending the link to family, friends, or neighbors who may
be selling their homes and real estate agents who may share this information with their clients.
We love porches,
Mary and Dave
This eBook is complementary and is not for sale. You may not alter the content of this eBook without
our consent. Although the content is copyrighted, you have permission to share this eBook with
others, include in newsletters, articles, etc., as long as you credit FrontPorchIdeas.com
Ooh, that’s nice…Click
92% of prospective buyers use the internet to search for their next home. 1
The first picture they see is usually of the exterior. First impressions count!
Architecture aside, which of these homes do you think
would make a better impression online?
Barbara Corcoran, real estate mogul, says, “Buyers decide in the first eight
seconds of seeing a home if they're interested in buying it.”2
In those first few seconds, what does a person see?
The exterior of your home and front porch!
2 Today.com 5 Smart Ways to Sell Your Home
Now you have two major reasons to leverage your front porch:
Make it stand out online to get the “CLICK” and
Make that 8 second first impression count!
Most professional real estate agents will tell you to:
-Declutter, declutter, declutter.
-- Use neutral colors.
- Remove personal items like family photos, the
kid’s artwork from the fridge, and your prized
collection of figurines.
- Stage your home in a way that it
could be “anyone’s home”.
Remember that your front porch is the
“first room” that buyers see.
Whether you have a large wrap around front porch or a small
stoop, we will share ideas for staging your front porch which
you can use to showcase your home online and make a
wonderful first impression.
Like the inside of your home, the front porch should be tasteful,
appeal to many, and allow buyers to visualize themselves living
Let’s start with color ideas for your porch and front door.
Add a Pop of Color!
No matter the season adding a little color on the porch
catches the eye and adds warmth to what would be an
otherwise monochromatic scene.
Now, let’s “charm it up!”
Add a small table (with perhaps an outdoor lamp or art piece)
between the chairs along with an outdoor rug to create a
relaxing and inviting “outdoor room” for morning coffee or
evening wine and cheese!
Contrasting color combinations can be striking. You could
achieve similar results by putting items of contrasting colors on a
small table or even planters placed attractively on your porch.
Pastels can work well to give your porch a calm and
Flowering plants or ferns provide additional color. Just be
sure to maintain them throughout the selling process as
nobody appreciates withered, drooping plants.
Here’s an example of a simply furnished front porch that would appeal to
Ferns work well
as they provide
fresh color and
nicely fill the
Notice the mix of
pillows and red
For a welcoming look:
- Add a few chairs
- A table with an outdoor
lamp or colorful object
- A wreath or simple door
- A pleasing doormat
Turn a bare porch into a
nice first impression!
Pillows are an easy way to add color and interest; coordinating the
colors and patterns ties everything together.
See our inexpensive pillow cover tutorial at the end of the slide show!
Create a cozy
spot by adding
a small bench
or a few chairs
Add a few fresh
It doesn’t take much to
stage your porch or
Notice why this small
porch is inviting . . .
- A colorful front door
with a subtle wreath
- A classic wrought iron
table and bench
- The tended flowers
Photo by Al Shutt
Outdoor rugs can be
used on almost any
size porch to add
color and warmth.
You could actually
use an inexpensive
indoor rug made of
As a minimum, use a
colorful but tasteful
front door mat to
See our rug painting tutorial at the end of the slide show to
see how to turn an ordinary rug into a curb appealing one!
Dressing up your
porch need not be
difficult or expensive.
You can use items
you already have.
existing cushions or
painting a planter or
lamp. It is fun and
gives your porch a
Remember, curb appeal is the total package consisting of landscaping,
porch amenities and furniture, along with pleasing color combinations.
Color is a
personal choice so
use good judgment.
Buyers interested in
would appreciate the
lovely color scheme
As a general rule,
neutral tones work
best because they
appeal to the most
And you can always add a pop of color to a neutral
palette with a few brightly colored plants or pillows.
The fewer changes people believe they will have to
make to your home - like changing a paint color - the
better your chances for making a sale.
Color can be a powerful tool and is one of the least
expensive yet transforming actions you can take to help
stage your home.
Paint Your Front Door
A freshly painted
front door adds
more curb appeal
and lets buyers
know that you take
great pride in your
A red or blue front door
can be very striking and
against white trim.
You can’t go wrong with a
basic white or black front
door although it should be
Note how the colors and
heights of the foliage that
frame this red front door
create an overall visually
The colors on this
Victorian-style front door
won’t work on just any
home but it definitely
defines this entrance and
adds appeal to this small
Make sure the color or
colors you choose also fit
with the architecture of
your home to achieve a
Choose an aesthetically pleasing color that works for just about
anyone. The vibrant color on this front door is quite striking.
What other colors would appeal to potential home buyers?
Note how this front door adds flair to this small front porch.
It is all about achieving the right look for the most people
when selling your home.
Placing an attractive
wreath on your front
door can add yet
another dimension to
front porch staging.
Select a wreath that fits
the season and would
be acceptable to the
majority of people who
would be looking for
your type of home.
Use colorful plants to
catch the eye as
capability to properly
Porch Landscaping Ideas
Put your home’s best face forward. Withering plants, beds
in need of mulch, or shrubs in need of trimming are not
appealing to potential buyers.
Don’t assume potential buyers love to spend all their free
time working in the yard! Where you see beauty – they
As endearing as these shrubs may be to the homeowner,
removing them would open up the front and reveal a beautiful
front door and an attractive and welcoming front porch.
This beautiful front
door and porch are
hidden by the very
As homeowners, we
often get used to
things and don’t see
A beautiful hanging
basket, properly attended,
can work well on any size
porch and is another easy
way to add color and
interest to your front entry.
When feasible, extend your landscaping onto your porch.
Often times, landscaping depends on the style of your home and
the lifestyle and expectations of the community in which you
Staging Tip: Most people prefer natural, fresh plants and flowers in pots. Avoid plastic flowers in
This porch is simple and neat. Just add a rocking chair or
two with colorful pillows and a small table between to
welcome your prospective buyers.
You don’t have to invest a lot in landscaping to sell your home. Just
ensure it is not overgrown, covering windows or full of weeds.
A fresh layer of mulch always helps to not only define your landscaping
but also keep it looking fresh. Keep it simple, attractive and easy to
maintain like you see here. 32
Clean and Make Repairs to Your Front Porch
It should go without
saying that your front
porch should be clean,
neat, and in excellent
Too often, our entire focus is on the interior of
our home and we forget the impact a well
maintained porch can make on buyers.
You only get one
first impression –
the condition of
your porch can
make all the
repairing of any
problems is a must.
A well maintained front porch immediately conveys to your
potential buyers that you have a well maintained home.
We’ll cover a few of the things you should note during your
home inspection as you prepare your home for sale.
Give your porch floor a new
coat of paint if it shows signs of
wear and tear.
There are some great products
you can use to revitalize porch
flooring whether it is wood or
Make sure porch wood
flooring is in good repair
with no loose or cracked
Ensure wrought iron railings are free from rust and are solidly
attached to your porch.
We recommend giving wrought iron railings a coat of rust proof
paint if they appear aged or worn.
Check your porch steps for
any loose stone, brick,
concrete, or wood, etc.
Replace any broken bricks
and tuck-point to repair
mortar joints as necessary.
Fill cracks in concrete
flooring as needed and
replace any caulking that
Pressure wash as needed.
Many home inspectors take note of concrete steps that have
sunken and/or detached from the porch making the first step too
high for code requirements.
Make repairs as necessary; you may want to consider concrete
leveling (or mud jacking) if simple repairs fail to resolve the issue.
Check your porch
columns to ensure
they have not rotted
where they contact
your porch floor or
pedestals. If they are
wrought iron and
rusted, repair them.
Make sure all of your porch balusters
(pickets) are in good repair.
Replace any broken balusters and tighten
any ones that are loose.
Make sure they are clean, and if needed,
give them a fresh coat of paint.
Make sure the hardware on your
entry way looks clean and
polished. If it is tarnished or
pitted beyond repair, replace
with new hardware.
Does your doorbell work and is it
in good repair? If not, replace it
with a new one.
Clean your outdoor lights and
make sure they work properly.
Get rid of bugs, cob webs and
Need to add a little
curb appeal to your
Check out these easy
ideas you can do –
we show you how!
Quick and Easy Front Porch Staging Projects
You don’t have to spend
a lot to stage your
porch. Use items you
may already have.
For example, a birdbath
can be used as a plant
stand or filled with
brightly colored stones
or sparkly gems.
Or, an old chair or table
could be painted to
match your color
With a little effort
you can create a
most charming and
curb appealing front
porch that will
home online and
make a huge first
It is easy for a homeowner to “get used to” a cracked floor board, a wobbly railing, or a
loose brick on the porch steps.
Look at your front porch and home from a buyer’s perspective. Don’t let a buyer focus
on something you could have easily fixed.
Explore the Wonderful World of Porches
“We’d love hearing from you
and let us know if we can help
in any way.”
Dave & Mary
For more ideas for designing, building, furnishing, decorating, and landscaping
your porch, be sure to visit FrontPorchIdeas.com
We encourage you to share this publication with
friends, neighbors, home sellers, real estate agents, and others.
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