How to Improve Your Home Entrance To Impress Potential Buyers

Published: 18/04/2024

When it comes to selling your home, first impressions count. Research tells us that the top three things people first notice about your home are the front door, the garden and the hallway. That’s why making your home’s entrance look welcoming couldn’t be more important, especially before a valuation or viewings.

Here's the full list:

1. Front door & porch
2. Hallway & staircase
3. Driveway & front garden
4. Overall decor & interior design
5. Living room

If you want to make your home entrance stand out to your potential buyers (in a good way!), we've got five tips on how to improve your front garden to make a great first impression.

5 Ways to Improve Your Front Entrance


1. Prune

Keeping your front garden well-manicured is an easy way to impress buyers from the get-go. Keep bushes neatly trimmed and make sure any patches of grass are regularly mowed. If you have a driveway or patio area, keep it weed-free. Read how to spruce up your garden here!

2. Paint the Front Door

Did you know that the colour of your front door can impact the price of your home? According to research, your home could sell for around £4,000 more just because of your front door colour. A blue front door is one of the best colours, with white, red and black also being highly desirable. If you want to make a great first impression, consider changing the colour of your front door with a quick lick of paint.

3. Hide Bins

While having your bins in the front garden is highly practical on rubbish collection day, they can be the first thing a buyer notices. Don’t let that happen! Instead, hide your bins away in the back garden or an unnoticeable spot around the side of your house just before your viewings. You can always put them back afterwards.

4. Clear Window Ledges

Clear and clean windows are known for boosting the amount of natural light in your home. But they can improve your kerb appeal too! A cluttered window could be one of the first things a buyer notices about your property from the outside. Avoid this by keeping your window ledges partially empty. Having just a vase of flowers or a small pot plant are great choices to keep things looking sleek.

5. Hide Shoes, Bags & Coats

Hallways can easily become full of clutter during daily life. When you get home from work, it’s not uncommon to kick off your shoes, chuck your bag on the stairs and drape your coat on a hook. While this is convenient when living in your home, many buyers like to view a property that has a minimalist vibe. If you want to make your hallway look brighter, bigger and more welcoming, hide your shoes, bags and coats in a cupboard before your viewings.  Apply this to the rest of your home too!

Are You Ready to Sell?

Making a good first impression is so important when you’re selling your home. If you’re looking to sell your property in Morden, our friendly team at Ellisons would love to talk! Give us a call today on 020 8543 1116, email us at morden@ellisonsuk.com or visit our website to learn more about our services and why you should use us to sell your property in Morden.

Frequently Asked Questions About Creating a Welcoming Home Entrance

Should I update my front door hardware, like the door knob, door knockers and house numbers?

Yes! Consider replacing outdated doorknobs and house numbers with stylish options. Fresh hardware adds polish to your front door, a focal point of your home's exterior.

What's an easy and inexpensive way to boost my kerb appeal?

Give your front door a fresh coat of paint in a classic colour like blue, red, white, or black. A new coat of paint is an easy and inexpensive way to dramatically improve the look of your entire front entry.

How can I make my porch more inviting with decorative trim?

Place a stylish welcome mat in front of your door and add a decorative door knocker or seasonal wreath. These small touches add warmth and personality to your front porch.

Should I hide clutter like shoes, bags, and coats inside the house during viewings?

Yes! Potential buyers prefer a minimalist vibe. Hide shoes, bags, and coats in a closet or entryway stand to make your hallway look larger and more welcoming.