With all of the choices that buyers have in today’s Mt. Pleasant real estate market, it is imperative for sellers to create a good first impression by having the exterior of the home in impeccable condition. Over the years, I have seen buyers refuse to follow through with an appointment to see a home after they drove up and saw the poor condition of the exterior. This is not a good recipe for success in any market, particularly this one!
Below are 10 tips that can help Mt. Pleasant sellers boost the curb appeal of their home:
- Get the home pressure washed and re-paint any peeling trim or exterior paint.
- Trim shrubs and trees in the front yard and make sure the grass is cut and neatly trimmed at all times. During the fall and spring, make sure that leaves are removed from the yard. Also, put away lawn tools, trash cans, hoses, etc.
- To make your home look even more high end and well kept, weed all flower beds and install a fresh layer of pine straw or mulch.
- When visible from the street, replace or repair that tired looking garage door. Also, make sure your new garage door is in tune with the home’s architectural style.
- Define the approach to your home….Add a stone walkway or path leading to the house. Another option is to define it with shrubs or flowers.
- Add some landscape lighting leading up to the front door. In addition to “setting the mood”, properly placed lighting can draw the buyer in. Make sure that all exterior lighting is turned on at night.
- If you have a front porch, dress it up with plants and flowers. Also, make sure that any porch furniture has a clean and fresh look. Consider adding new cushions. This can immediately make the yard more inviting and comfortable.
- Replace exterior lighting fixtures and front door hardware if necessary. The elements in the Lowcountry are not usually very kind to exterior accessories.
- If your driveway is cracked, consider repairing it or having it resurfaced.
- Make sure that your mailbox is attractive. If it’s old and falling apart, install a new one.
In summary, first impressions are critical in this market! It all starts with an exterior that invites buyers in. If the exterior of the home needs a lot of work, buyers will assume that the interior is no different. Don’t let them “pass” on your home before even coming inside!
I encourage you to share any additional thoughts you may have on enhancing curb appeal by commenting below. In addition, please contact me if you have any questions on this topic or have a real estate need that I can help you with.