Perhaps you’re thinking of putting your house on the market or maybe you just like your house to look as good as it possibly can. Whichever one it is, there are a number of things you can do to get your property looking fantastic.

Whilst most of us spend a lot of time and effort perfecting the décor of our homes, we often forget to give the exterior the TLC in needs. In a world where first impressions really do count however, this could be preventing your house from achieving the wow factor.

Whether you want your property to sell as quickly as possible or you wish to be the envy of all your neighbours, below are five ways to guarantee that your house makes a great first impression.

Front door

The majority of us aren’t worried about what our front door looks like but as it’s the first thing that people see before they enter our homes, it’s more important than you would expect.

Colour not only causes an emotional reaction but it also says a lot about you and your style. Choose a colour which represents your personality and the tone for the rest of the house. Think about the finishes touches as well such as the knocker, doorbell and letterbox as these small things can make a huge difference.

A grand entrance

As soon as your guests step foot into your home, you want to create a good impression so it’s worth spending time thinking about your entrance hall or front room. Make sure it’s tidy, uncluttered, well-lit and has something memorable about it. Anything like artwork, family photos, a unique ornament or some beautiful flowers should do the trick.


If there’s a bad smell in your house, people won’t forget it and it very well could put off any potential buyers. Whether the bins have been left out or the dog could do with a wash, try to identify the source of any bad smells and fix it.

Scented candles and room diffusers are both great ways of leaving a subtle scent in the air without it being overpowering.


Windows are one of the first things people notice when they’re looking at your house so they’re well worth spending a bit of time and money on.

If the frames are looking old and worn, give them a paint or even replace them completely. Also think about your window dressings because they can also make a huge difference to the overall appearance of your windows from both the inside and outside.

Solid shutters are a great option for your windows because they not only look great and therefore create a fantastic first impression, but you can also sell their benefits to any potential buyers if your house is on the market. Shutters are incredibly stylish, they’re very good for heat insulation, they offer increased security and they can even help to shut out any outdoor noise.


It sounds obvious yet so few people bother to clean before they have guests over or show potential buyers around the place. If you really want to create a good first impression then as well as tidying, make sure the place is clean and free from dust or any dirt because this can be very off-putting.