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
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
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
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
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.