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If you have been following me on my Instagram account, you probably already know that we have moved. My husband and I came across an opportunity that we could not pass up and we took it, but it happened so fast and demanded so much of our time that I have barely had the chance to sit down and write a post about it.
I can say that selling and buying a home at the same time can be beyond stressful and time consuming, but we made it through and are happily settling into our new home…. still settling as my new house is currently filled with a ton of boxes and my furniture has not all been set in place, but at least we are in.
Before this abrupt change we had planned to paint the exterior of the house we were living in, but quickly scratched that idea since we decided we were going to move and the new homeowners might want something different anyways. So instead we decided to spruce up our front porch to make it more appealing to potential home buyers.
So we decided to fix our front porch for some much needed curb appeal.
Time: 1 Week
- Purdy Woven Mini Rollers
- Purdy Angle Sash Brush
- FrogTape Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape
- White Lightning 3006 Advanced Formula Caulk
- American Line Pro Mini Roller Trays
- 1 gallon of Exterior Emerald (color matched)
- 2 quarts of Exterior Emerald (color matched)
So let’s be real.. after a few years, the exterior of your home may require maintenance to keep it looking good. You also may want to refresh the front of your house to keep it looking great for your guests… or in our case, we wanted it to look great for people interested in buying it.
Here are several things you can do to keep your front entrance looking wonderful and welcoming.
I have a covered front porch and this is what we did to fix it up.
The first thing you want to do (before cleaning your surfaces) is remove any dry-rotted pieces of wood– this is a normal thing that happens due to the changing of the seasons and weather.
Sometimes you may have to remove a large piece, but that’s okay.
Make sure you pay close attention to the crown molding and the bottoms of posts and pillars where water can accumulate and stay stagnant.
After you remove all the dry-rotted pieces, replace with pressure treated wood and clean all surfaces to be painted (we had removed the railing that was there a while back so we patched the areas up where they attached to the pillars).
Use exterior and paintable caulk to seal all the seams so that no water gets inside.
If you don’t plan to repaint the entire exterior of your home with different colors, simply remove a small piece of paint from each of the existing colors of your home and head over to your nearest Sherwin-Williams to color match the paint samples.
I have done this several times and each time we have had great color-matching results.
Once you have your paint, go over all the areas you replaced and add a new coat over all adjacent areas so the paint blends well.
I repainted the front door and the surrounding frame.
Once all work is complete and dry, add a new doormat (yeah I am totally guilty of having an ugly welcome mat).
These are also inexpensive. I think this one cost me $6 at my local home improvement store.
Add some summer plants in DIY pots to add more color to your front porch or you can even add a pretty wreath to your front door (I did both!).
And my house was ready for viewing! Don’t get me wrong, we did a few more things to get the house ready and I will cover those in detail on a future post, but we do think this is one of the reasons our house was under contract within 2 weeks time.
Of course, you don’t need to do this only when you plan on leaving your home, go ahead and do it now and enjoy coming home to a refreshed and welcoming front entrance.
I will be back soon with more updates!