A welcoming front door makes a wonderful first impression!
So often, we pull into the driveway and come into the house through the side door or via the garage and we forget to take a good hard look at the front entrance of our homes, where our guests arrive at, and make them welcoming.
1. Detail the Doormat – Has your doormat seen better days? If your front porch is exposed to the elements, ensure you pick one that is weather resistant and actually does the job that it is supposed to. A doormat that is properly doing its job should be able to knock the dirt and any leaves off of one’s shoes without leaving it on your doormat for the next person to track in. Doormats that actually have grooves and spaces for the dirt to drop into are ideal. Avoid carpet-like ones that don’t have anywhere for the dirt to disappear into.
2. Wipe Down the Doorbell – When was the last time you looked at your doorbell? Does the light on it still work? Does it need to be tightened up? Is it covered with grimy finger prints? Give it a good wipe down and ensure it is in working order.
3. Dust the Door – Give your door the white glove test! Are there layers of dust on the grooves of the door? Give it a good washing down.
4. Critter Control – Give the whole front porch area a good critter decluttering by applying a pesticide around the entrance and especially up in the alcoves of the porch area to avoid bugs getting into your home as well as taking up residence there. Nothing says “Welcome” like a huge cobweb strung across your entrance.
5. Rinse and Repeat – Give the porch itself a good sweep and hose it down.
Then, add a todo to your calendar to repeat every month or two depending on your weather to ensure your front porch is inviting and ready to make a great first impression.