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.

Fun Winter Activities in Myrtle Beach to Take Advantage Of

Fun Winter Activities in Myrtle Beach to Take Advantage Of

Are you vacationing this winter in Myrtle Beach area and not sure what to do? We at Sloan Realty can tell you about the fun winter activities to take advantage of when you come on vacation this year. Myrtle Beach has a ton of things to do and trying to find the right one that fits what your family needs may be in this list. Let’s look at what fun winter activities to take advantage of on your next family vacation.

Visit Museums

Fun Winter Activities in Myrtle Beach to Take Advantage Of

Some of the museum selections that are available in Myrtle Beach may surprise you.  Many of the museums are all family-friendly and great for kids of all ages. The Hollywood Wax Museum where you can “meet” wax celebrities or go through the mirror maze and then do the zombie-themed adventure towards the end of the tour is something fun for everyone. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is something like other that you may have seen. It includes many different things that you may have never known existed included weird and unusual facts, exhibits and more. WonderWorks is another museum that you may have never experienced before. This is more like an amusement park in itself and is fun to experience. There are several different hands-on activities, rides and exhibits that your family can take part in such as laying on a bed of nails and more. Who wouldn’t want to do a few days of this on your next vacation?

Enjoy the Skywheel

Finding new adventures to take part in when you go on vacation is always a must. Head on over to the Boardwalk where you can find the Skywheel. Here you and your family can go on a giant Ferris Wheel but it’s not like any other you may have gone onto. The Skywheel is enclosed with air-conditioning for you to enjoy. And we can tell you the views are absolutely amazing and breathtaking! You may find that everyone in the family will fall in love with being able to see what they can see in Myrtle Beach and the ride is a good long one too.

It’s Mini-Golf Time

Fun Winter Activities in Myrtle Beach to Take Advantage Of

Many people these days can remember vacationing at the beach and heading over to do a night or two of miniature golf with their family. So, why not start this as a tradition with your family on each vacation you take to Myrtle Beach? There are plenty of miniature golf places around Myrtle Beach whether it’s in North or South, you will find a mini-golf place. But pick a few places to try before trying to figure out if it’s the new “family” mini-golf course you want to visit every trip. And you may find that some of your family members will be very competitive too which can be fun for everyone. But just go out and enjoy the day or the evening with your loved ones.

Who Wants to Race?

If you and your family have been looking to do a little something more adventurous, then we suggest heading over to Broadway Grand Prix for a night. Here you will be able to take advantage of racing each other in a round or two of go kart. And we understand that if you have younger children in your family they will want to feel included too in the fun. So, have no fear as there are several things for them to take part in too such as the carousel, kiddie speedway, pro tow and their very own sky wheel. There are also bumper calls for the whole family to enjoy, an arcade, mini-golf and rock-climbing wall. So many different activities for everyone to take part in while they are on vacation!

Where to Eat

Fun Winter Activities in Myrtle Beach to Take Advantage Of

We have to say that anytime you go on vacation, it’s always nice to eat out for a few days. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner there is something for everyone in Myrtle Beach. Of course, there are plenty of chain restaurants for you to try, but why not try a few that you may not have thought about. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is a great pick for anyone who is looking for good southern cooking. Here you and your family can enjoy the Family Style Dining both for lunch and dinner. We can tell you that the Fried Green Tomatoes are amazing and is a must get for your meal. Another local favorite would have to be Tupelo Honey which has excellent food choices for everyone in the family. And let’s not forget about the amazing seafood restaurants that you will find in the area. None of these restaurants will disappoint and we even have some dining options at Myrtle Beach Resort for you to enjoy.

Sloan Realty is the prime place to be for your next family vacation to help begin experience new memories. If you are experience snow or even cold weather, then come to Myrtle Beach where you will be able to be a little warmer this winter. We can’t wait to see you soon as you make new traditions with the family!

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.