First home-pressions

By Yvette Yatras

Want to impress guests at your house from the word go?
Here’s how…


If you can’t afford to
replace your whole door, give it a lick of paint and replace old knockers and
knobs with modern fixtures.

Shui way

Feng shui
dictates that you should have a strong “landing space” for positive energy. A
vibrant coloured rug in your entrance hall is a good start.

Toy ploy

wants to trip over a truck or see messy paints out when they first arrive at
someone’s house. Section off a kids’ zone in the back garden, away from the
more formal ‘front of house’.

Neat freak

Make sure
that your grass is regularly mown and that flower beds are not overrun with
weeds. Easy maintenance outdoor plants include bamboo, Camellia and Bird of

Hazard-free haven

any loose pavings, tiles, gutters. Nobody will want to visit your home if it’s
going to cause them an injury!

Pet exile

If you’re
expecting guests, keep your pets in the back garden or a back room. You might
not mind being slobbered and clambered on, but others might not enjoy it!

Safe ‘n’ secure

People dig security, whether they’re buying or just staying at your house. Check that doors and windows are secure and make sure there’s ample lighting and appropriate fencing out the front.

Clean dream

washed hand towels in your guest toilet give a great impression. Clean hand
towels, clean house!

Perfect pots

A pot
plant by your front door tells your guests that you are friendly and

Aromatic chic

Appeal to
all your guests’ senses with scented smellies all over your house – fresh
flowers by the front door, dried lavender and rosemary on a sideboard, candles
in the bathroom.


features are known to have a calming effect. A pool, fountain or water feature
can put visitors at ease before they even walk in the door.

Lots of light

Make sure
curtains and blinds are open to provide natural light. If your hallway is dark
and dingy, invest in some lamps to give the illusion that it’s light and airy.

Less is more

causing clutter in your entrance hall with too much furniture – just a simple
sideboard will suffice.

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