After making the decision to sell my home in Houston, Texas, my real estate agent told me that I’ll have to look for ways to increase my Houston homes value if I was looking to sell at top price. I’m not going to lie, that suggestion almost made me panic because I didn’t have enough money to make the upgrades or repairs that other sellers were making. So I sought the help of a professional home buyer in Houston, Texas. And this is what they told me:
There are a few things that you can do to increase your homes value. As a matter of fact, you don’t even have to spend a dime in the process. Start by working on your curb appeal. The curb appeal will play a critical role in that it will be the reason why the buyer makes a subconscious decision to make you an offer. You’ll have to ensure that your yard is well manicured and clean. The shutters and screens should also be free from despair.
The house might be in perfect condition but just because it’s messy, buyers might opt to buy from the competition. The messiness will make the buyer think that you have been having maintenance problems. So that overflowing garbage that you’ve been ignoring for a long period of time will sabotage the sale as the buyer will only see a potential pest problem.
The statement “Less is more” has always sounded ridiculous to me, but not anymore. Just think about it! If you have less items lying around, the room will seem bigger. Unless you’re planning to sell the house to an individual who’s looking to downsize, you’ll want to make the rooms look spacious. So remove all the kid’s toys, take down the family portraits, and anything else that might distract the buyer.
You’d want to buy a home that still looks new, right? Well, so does the buyer. The little things that you do will without a doubt make a world of difference. For example, adding a fresh coat of paint in every room in the house. But don’t go for anything dramatic. Just work with the neural colors. The buyer will most likely appreciate a clean palette.
The kitchen and bathroom
Like I said before, you don’t have to completely renovate the house. Try to swap out the older white appliances with something different. Like stainless steel. Don’t forget to update the countertops and fixtures. Updating something small can breathe new life into a room.
Understand the market
Is it a buyer’s market or a seller’s market? If you’re working in the former, you’ll have to make more upgrades because the supply will be high. But if it’s a seller’s market, buyers will be clamoring to make a purchase so you won’t have to work as hard.
You can forget about all that and simply work with a professional home buyer who won’t ask a lot of questions about the property. We would love to hear from you. Call us today!