Maximize Your Curb Appeal Before You Sell Your Home

Maximize Your Curb Appeal Before You Sell Your Home

Are you thinking of putting your home on the market this spring? It should not come as a surprise that before you list your home that you need to make it sparkle & shine. After all, prospective buyers will be coming through your home peeking in every nook and cranny to see what kind of space your home offers. But while it’s nice to focus on the inside of the home, you also want the outside of your home to be just as beautiful as the inside. Having the right curb appeal when you place your home on the market can help bring in more potential buyers. We at Sloan Realty have come up with a few easy and inexpensive steps to help maximize your curb appeal before you sell it.

Make Your Home Sparkle on the Outside

Maximize Your Curb Appeal Before You Sell Your Home

Whenever you have a home for sale on the market, you want to make sure that it has that sparkle and shine to it. For many potential home buyers, they want to see your home shine as bright as it can and making sure your driveway is clean is a start. Over the years our driveways can become dirty from dirt, years of driving on them, from grass clippings and more. While repaving may seem like a good option for a few people, it’s not necessary for most. Having someone come out and cleaning your driveway can sometimes be a little costly, but these days you can purchase one for less than $200. You can use the pressure washer to clean the siding on your home as well so this can be a good investment for your current home and your future home.

Tidy Up the Landscaping

Maximize Your Curb Appeal Before You Sell Your Home

While many potential buyers don’t care about what the landscaping looks like, to many it does. If you haven’t tidied up the front beds or don’t have any in front of your home, it’s a must do. It can get pretty costly to redo the landscaping, but we suggest only do a few things to help with the curb appeal. While some front yards may need more than $200 worth of work done, you can get it done for less than that price. We suggest that you do the work yourself or ask a few friends to help, put down some fresh mulch and add some easy-to-care-for plants. If you aren’t too sure which plants would work best for the area, we can suggest a few. Yarrow, Sea Pinks, Daylily’s, Lavender and Silver Beard Grass are all beautiful plants and work well in the climate in the south. Mulch can be your friend when it comes to add a little extra curb appeal to your home.

Decorate Your Porch

Maximize Your Curb Appeal Before You Sell Your Home

Another wonderful way that you can add to your curb appeal is by adding a few easy things to your front porch. If you have a small front porch you can add a few small things to help make it seem larger. Adding a few small planters by the front door or on the steps can help add some color to the house. Maybe changing out the light fixtures can help add a new look to your home as well. Adding a few additional things such as a small bench or a few rocking chairs to it will make the front porch inviting and welcoming to all potential buyers. Add a new welcome mat and an elegant wreath to the front door area to help make it cheerier and inviting.

Freshen up the Front Door

Maximize Your Curb Appeal Before You Sell Your Home

This is one step that many homeowners overlook when they freshen up their curb appeal, the front door. Adding a fresh coat of paint to yours is not only a cheap and easy trick, but it can transform the way your home looks. Leaving that lasting impression on every potential homebuyer is just what you are wanting, so you don’t want to miss this step. Buyers will often times wait outside of the home for a few minutes while their agent is getting the keys out of the lockbox, so they have time to look at the front door. We suggest putting on a coat of paint that will help warm up the home and entry way but will also add to the curb appeal of your home. You can never go wrong with a classic color such as red, black, gray or even a coastal color such as light green or light blue.

While there are many other ways that you can help maximize the curb appeal to your home, these are just a few that we thought you’d enjoy and are affordable. Adding these few easy steps can help bring in more potential buyers and it can help you sell your home more quickly so you can enjoy your new home in the Myrtle Beach area. If you are still looking for the right home or the perfect realtor, please contact us today! We hope that you and your family will be able to sell your home and find a new home in the area.

Preparing Your Home to Place on the Market in the Myrtle Beach Area

5 Tips for Preparing Your Home to Place on the Market

We understand that preparing your home to place on the market can be difficult. So, we compiled a small list that can help you get your home ready for the market in the Myrtle Beach area. We at Sloan Realty can help you with putting your home up on the market and getting the best value for your home. Let’s look below at a few steps and things you can do to help get your home ready to sell.

Closet Space

When it comes to selling your home, storage is something that every home buyer is looking for. If they are coming from a small home or even an apartment, their storage space for closets have been limited. So here is a little tip for you, take half of the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize them. The buyers will snoop to see the closet space, so keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

5 Tips for Preparing Your Home to Place on the Market

Did you know that the kitchen is the heart of the home? It’s where you as a family may have gathered to spend time together and it’s the kitchen that many home buyers are looking at. They are looking for a kitchen that feels like it was made just for them. If your cabinets are old or look outdated, then update them or change them a bit. You can do this without having to spend a ton of money to freshen it up. If you have a little extra money, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance for your kitchen. Reason being is when people see one high-end appliance, they think that the rest are expensive, and it updates the kitchen. Also, give the walls a new neutral color so that the new homeowners can envision their own style.

Take the Home out of your House

One of the most important things to remember when selling your home is to depersonalize it. Take the more personal things out of the house or pack them away before staging your home. This helps because it not only keeps things private for you, but also allows the potential buyers to imagine themselves living there. Staging is everything and you want to make sure that your furniture is arranged to showcase the floor plan the best. Make your home be the home that everyone wants!

Always Be Ready to Show

We understand that life can become busy and hard to want to keep clean. When you have your home on the market you have to always be ready for a potential homebuyer to come see the home. You have to have your home in tip-top shape and that means not leaving dirty dishes in the sink and keeping the dishwasher cleaned out. Also, it means making sure that your bathrooms are clean and there are no dust bunnies in the corners of your living room. It may seem like it could be an inconvenience but keeping your home clean will help it sell.

First Impression is the Only Impression

5 Tips for Preparing Your Home to Place on the Market

As potential homebuyers come in and see your home, the first impression is the only impression. Buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the front door. So, it’s important that you make people feel welcome, warm and safe as they approach your home. Curb appeal is everything, so sprucing up the landscaping will go a long way. You will typically get a 100% return on the money you put into your homes curb appeal. Make your entry way warm and inviting by adding a small bench, a console table with some fresh cut flowers in a vase.

Now that you have completed the list on how to prepare your home for the market, allow us to help list it for you. We at Sloan Realty take pride in being your realtor and hope that we can help you find a new home in the process of selling yours. Give us a call today at 843-449-0835 and allow us to help you sell your home and find a forever home in the process. We’d love to get you the perfect home or vacation home in the Myrtle Beach area.


Preparing Your Home for Sale

Contrary to what many homeowners think, selling a house is not as simple as sticking a real estate sign in the front yard. When you decide you want to sell your home there are necessary steps to take to preparing your home for sale. Calling Sloan Realty is an important first step. Below you’ll find are many recommendations that we'd like to make to have your home move fast.

Before potential buyers see what your home has to offer, they view the exterior of the home and property. As a result, a cluttered home or an unattractive view of the outside of the home could potentially result in a missed opportunity.

First Impressions Do Matter: An inviting exterior ensures tempts buyers to come inside. Keep your entryway clean and uncluttered. Put a new welcoming doormat down.

Sparkling Homes Make For a Quick Sale: Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce desire. To make the place look great paint the walls and ceilings in neutral colors and polish all wood surfaces. You will find a quicker sale at a higher price will result.

A Clean Home Speaks Volumes: Bright, cheery windows and unmarred walls will assist your sale. Call a window cleaning company like Window Genie if you’re not up to cleaning your own windows. It’s well worth the affordable cost. They can also power wash the exterior of your home as well as patios, walkways and driveways.

Fix That Dripping Faucet: Dripping water discolors the enamel and calls attention to faulty plumbing. If a buyer notices a dripping faucet they’ll wonder what else you’ve neglected around the home. If you’re unable to fix the faucet yourself (often just needing a washer replaced) call a local plumber or handyman.

Hire a Handyman for the Day: Loose doorknobs, sticking drawers and warped cabinet doors are noticed by the prospect. Have them fixed by the handyman as well as any squeaks the doors are making. See what else he happens to notice while he’s there.

Closet Illusions: A freshly painted, super white closet with a bright light bulb makes it look larger than it may be. Clothes hung up on matching hangers, facing the same direction, shoes neatly arranged, and hats and other articles neatly placed, will present an organized appearance. Pack and store excess items to let the closet appear far bigger than is needed.

Dear to Her Heart is the Kitchen: Paint or touch up the paint in the kitchen. Wipe down all the cabinets inside and out. Colorful curtains in harmony with the floor and counter tops will add appeal. Keep oven clean as it often gets inspected.

Appliances: Clean the inside and outside of appliances. Eat that food up so your cupboards and appliances aren’t over stuffed.

Double Check Your Bathroom: Bright and clean bathrooms sell many homes. Keep toilet lids down. Make the tub and tile sparkle.

Bedrooms: New comforters with pillows and matching carpets, all kept in tip top shape, speaks volumes about how the new owners will be able to live. Keep the beds made, the clothes put away, and the rooms clean.

The Brighter the Better: Illumination is a welcome sign. For after-dark inspections, turn on your lights on the front porch and throughout the house. The buyers will feel a glowing warmth; otherwise impossible to attain. Turn on lights in the daytime as well for rooms that are not well lit.

Follow these tips and your home will arrive on the market shining like a bright star among other, dimly lit ones. Honestly, you can’t prepare too much! When you’re ready to list your home with a Realtor, give Sloan Realty a call at 843-449-0835. We lookk forward to hearing from you.