We had the unattractive wooden safety gate removed from the outside of our patio doors and got temporary wooden steps installed. I also had a storm/screen door installed on our front door. I'll post pictures later.
*Here's another tip: prior to your move, stock up on Lowe's and Home Depot discount coupons. You can find these at your local post office within the change of address booklets and on eBay. Both stores take their competitor's coupons. I have used many Lowe's 10% off coupons at Home Depot since our move. It has saved me hundreds of dollars. Undoubtedly you will be going to those stores for many weeks after your move. We used it towards the storm door, our closet systems and the materials for the patio steps.