If you’re planning to sell your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, no doubt you’ve put some thought into preparing your place for viewings. You may have decided to enhance your curb appeal and stage your home. There’s one place you want to pay special attention to when it comes to these tried and true marketing strategies. With a vibrant and inviting entryway to your home, you’ll not only welcome potential buyers, but you’ll also draw them in wanting to see more.

An immaculate porch is a must. A good pressure-wash cleaning and a fresh coat of paint will make a big difference. Be sure to include your front door in this endeavour. The door is an ideal place to add a punch of colour to make a statement without overwhelming. Choose a bold accent colour which goes well with your home and uses it on the door as well as any wood trim around the front windows and porch framing.

Speaking of porch framing, if yours is lacking or in need of an update, a covered porch or stoop is a good investment for the return. A sheltered entryway is a huge benefit in our Muskoka climate. If your porch is a bit on the plain side, adding in new or additional spindles and railings will add an interesting architectural element drawing the viewer in.

Lighting is another important aspect of creating a stunning and welcoming entry to your home. Both exterior and interior lights should be updated if needed. Add in some solar garden lights to help brighten the corners on your porch, and if needed set up a small table with a lamp just inside the door. You want potential buyers’ first look inside to be bright and cheerful.

Wetter weather will soon be returning. Plan ahead and have a place for viewers to leave wet layers at the door. Include a new mat on each side of your front door, practical ones good for wiping off leaves. A Shoe brush stand is another option to consider. If room allows, set up a bin for umbrellas, a shoe stand and a spot to hang coats so things don’t pile up.

Setting the stage on your porch will depend on how much room you have. If you can incorporate a sitting area, you’ll make visitors feel welcome with their first steps up to your door. A few pieces of seasonal décor or a piece or two of a local artist’s work will add a focal point of interest to your porch enhancing the feeling of home – just keep it simple and minimal.

No room for a table and chairs? That’s ok. A few potted plants along with the steps and a hanging basket or two adds a splash of colour and vibrancy to a porch. Plants are natural mood enhancers, and it doesn’t take many to make a porch feel homey and inviting.

Giving your front porch some special attention will help you draw more potential buyers in with a stunning first impression. Find some inspiring porch design ideas with this gallery by CountryLiving.com.

When you’re ready to list your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, you want to work with a local team you can trust from start to finish. Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott are a team you can trust. We live in Huntsville and understand the Muskoka Real Estate Market. Let us put our care and local expertise to work for you. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

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