Hello, Spring! Not only is it one of our favorite seasons of the year, it is one of the best times to sell a home in the Lowcountry. Historical data tells us that now through Heritage, the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton real estate market is vigorous. Whether buyers are visiting for the President’s Day long weekend, RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, or Easter break, they are here in full force and searching for that perfect property. Now more than ever, first impressions are extremely important, and this is the perfect time to get your home looking it’s best for a successful sale. Here are a few tips that you can do to make your home appealing to those Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Spring real estate buyers.
Power Wash the Sidewalk and Driveway
Aside from your property’s exterior, the sidewalk and driveway are one of the first things a potential buyer will notice upon arrival. Potential buyers will be more interested if the see a clean path to the home. Pressure washing is a great way to make a walkway or driveway sparkle. If a pressure washer is not available, a little soap and a brush can easily remove old oil stains from the driveway. With a little bit of cleaning, these areas will look fresh once again.
Here is where you will make your first impression. Potential buyers will immediately see your home’s exterior surfaces and your yard. An attractive yard with lush green grass and an inviting landscape will welcome your buyers. Just as important as the yard is a welcoming front porch. Lowcountry style homes are famous for their expansive porches. Make your porch stand out with pollen free seating and evergreen plants framing the front door. Create spaces where any potential buyer can envision themselves enjoying the space.
De-Clutter Your Home
Removing the clutter from your home is one of the first things a homeowner should do when preparing to list their home for sale. Not only will your home appeal to any buyer, it will be easier to clean with less clutter. This may be a great time to donate unused belongings to churches, thrift stores, or the needy. In some cases, a storage unit may need to be rented until your home is sold. Be sure to work on closets, the kitchen pantry, and shelves. Buyers will enjoy your home if it is neutral and free of clutter.
Clean & Do Repairs
When preparing your home for sale, pay attention to the cleanliness of your home and make necessary repairs. Consider washing curtains and tablecloths, as this will give your home a refreshed feeling. Be sure to clean floors and surfaces thoroughly. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms, as buyers will consider these rooms as the most important areas of the home. If repainting is in the budget, repaint the home with neutral colors appealing to all buyers. This will make your home look and feel brand new.
Create An Outdoor Living Space
With our pleasant year-round weather, outdoor spaces are a must in the Lowcountry. And many outdoor projects to enhance your backyard are DIY. Consider an outdoor fire pit or fireplace. This will add ambiance to your space. Pair neutral outdoor furniture with a great indoor/outdoor rug to create a cozy seating area. Planters will add additional height and fill for your outdoor living spaces. A simple stone pathway will help define the space and draw a buyer’s eyes to the areas of interest. Pay attention to the condition of decking. Many times, a coat of stain will make a wooden deck look new again.