My dad always said, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make it good.” That is so true for so many situations. So if you are considering selling your home or you just want to take some pride in your investment, the front of your house is the place to start! You want people to do a double take when they see how inviting and beautiful your front entrance is! It sets the tone for what is expected beyond the front door, so you want it to impress! You are in luck, because there are a few easy and inexpensive ways to spruce up your front entrance…

To start, wash your face! Give the stucco, brick or siding at your entrance a quick wash down with a power washer or long brush and reveal the bright surface that has been hiding under those cobwebs and dust all winter long!

Give your front door a face lift! Painting your front door is one of the cheapest ways to increase the interest and attractiveness of your home. A fresh, bright door and maybe a nice adirondack chair or bench beside it is so eye catching!

Bring the area to life by adding some plants and flowers in planters or beds. Planting annuals in colorful pots adds color and makes your home appear fun and cheerful or for a more formal look, tall ornamental grasses in matching urns adds a really intriguing and beautiful touch! This allows you to let your personality shine through!

Maybe you have never had the need to have fancy numbers on your house, but take a minute here and consider the aesthetic appeal given the relatively low cost. Perhaps mount them alongside a new mailbox and a welcome sign above the door for the finishing accent… it creates such a homey mood

All of these tricks will greatly help to spruce up your entrance space but last and most importantly, pay extra attention to simple “yard maintenance”. Trim those hedges, cut that grass and pull some weeds! A neat, tidy, well manicured area is the number one thing that will attract people to your front door.

All in all, just take some pride in your home. It truly is satisfying when it is all done.

Til next time, it’s that girl Shannon saying,

“If you don’t have time to do it right… when will you have time to do it over?”