In the new year, as the dust settles after Christmas do start to think about the all important first impressions!
Planting – Your hanging baskets, planters and window boxes can be filled with winter flowering pansies, hardy and brave enough to bloom at this time of year with they sunny colours. Flowers, shrubs and greenery can really lift the entrance to a home and complement the colour and style of the front door. Make sure you water and feed them regularly to keep them in tip-top condition and they can be changed seasonally.
Clean and Tidy – Keep your door, pathway, steps and open porches free from leaves, dust, dirt, cobwebs and other debris. If you have a front door mat make sure it’s kept clean and looks appealing. Don’t forget the windows too! As a rule I am out there once or twice a week with a damp cloth and broom and it certainly makes the job quick and easy and also reminds me to water the plants, dead head my flowers, fill my bird feeders etc
Lighting – Drive down any street, and I bet your eye is instantly drawn to the house with the inviting, well-lit front door. Done right, exterior entry lighting makes the most of what you’ve got, complements your home’s architecture, increases security, and helps visitors and guests navigate their way to your front door. Consider either a hanging light if you have a porch or wall lights either side of the front door.