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You’re scrolling through house listings online, and one picture stops you in your tracks. Sunlight streams onto a welcoming porch, adorned with vibrantly coloured flowers and a comfy swing. Intrigued, you click for a closer look. That’s the magic of porch appeal – it’s the first impression your home makes, and it can leave a lasting impact. Transform your porch from ordinary to extraordinary this weekend with a few simple tweaks.

Sweep Away the Season’s Debris

Leaves, twigs and other outdoor debris can make your porch look cluttered and uninviting. Give your porch a quick sweep with a stiff broom, pay attention to corners and edges. For a deeper clean, consider using a leaf blower on low power to reach those hard-to-get-to areas.

Clear Out Cobwebs

Cobwebs are the uninvited guests nobody wants. Grab a broom or extendable cobweb duster and give your porch a good sweep, reaching into corners and around light fixtures. For stubborn webs, a quick spritz with white vinegar can help loosen them up for easy removal.

Say Farewell to Filthy Fixtures

Porch light fixtures can accumulate a surprising amount of grime. Remove the fixture cover (if possible) and wash it with warm, soapy water.  For the exterior, use a damp microfibre cloth to gently remove dust and dirt. Don’t forget to wipe down your doorbell and mailbox—they’re often overlooked but contribute significantly to the overall impression.

Let the Sun Shine In (Without the Streaks)

Sparkling windows are like bright eyes for your porch. Clean them with a solution of white vinegar and water for a streak-free shine. On a bright day, clean windows in the shade to prevent the cleaning solution from drying too quickly – that’s the recipe for streaks!

Spruce Up Your Seating

Outdoor furniture takes a beating from the elements. Wipe down cushions with a solution of mild soap and water, or follow the cleaning instructions on the furniture tags. For a refresh, consider adding colourful throw pillows or a cozy throw blanket to your porch seating.

Welcome Mat Magic

A well-chosen doormat sets the tone for your porch. Look for a mat that complements your home’s style. Bonus points for a fun and personalized message that reflects your personality. Just remember to keep your doormat clean by shaking it out regularly or hosing it down when needed.

Embrace the Power of Plants

Flowers and greenery add a pop of colour and life to your porch. Choose plants that thrive in your climate and sunlight conditions.  Even a single potted plant on a side table can make a big difference.


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