Pre-Sale Strategies for Houston Home Sellers
If you are thinking of selling your Houston Energy Corridor home, now is the time to prepare! Attracting top dollar for your home requires planning and preparation. Here are some tips to help you!
Know where your market value stands before you begin any updates or renovations. This will give you a baseline value, and the best projection for return on investment. Obtaining a Comparative Market Analysis from the KW Energy Corridor Team is the best way to obtain your current market value. The Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is free, and it’s yours without any obligation to sell your home.
Please keep in mind that property tax assessments, homeowner’s insurance coverage and online value estimates can be significantly different from your actual market value. Only a CMA, prepared by your professional agent, takes your home’s features and condition into account. The CMA compares your home to other similar homes on the market, as well as those recently sold.
Your agent will also counsel you about home updates that make the most financial sense, and share what Houston home buyers are looking for in a home. Simple updates include fresh paint, new window treatments, and removing clutter and excess furnishings. Good exterior lighting, a well-kept yard and pops of color will boost curb appeal.
You should also consider obtaining a home inspection before placing your home on the market. While home buyers often seek a home inspection as a contingency, there’s no advantage in waiting to discover problems. By getting your own home inspection in advance, you have the opportunity to address any issues before they become a point of contention with your buyer. Otherwise, your buyer could use repair issues to negotiate a lower sales price, or walk away from the deal.
Even if your home inspection reveals an issue that’s more expensive than you can tackle, such as a bad roof, you can then disclose the issue to buyers and price your home accordingly. Never try to conceal material defects.
Also, if you are aware of some “little things” like a leaking faucet, blocked gutters or an unreliable appliance, now is the time to take care of it!
When you are ready to place your home on the market, follow a daily clean-up list to keep your home looking its best. While your agent will make every effort to arrange a showing appointment that is convenient for you, short-notice showings can happen. Having a “showing drill” with last-minute touch ups will help you say “yes” to a same-day showing request.
When preparing for a showing, ensure that your jewelry, mail, important documents, prescription drugs and banking information is locked up, or taken with you. Also have a plan for your pets. Bring them with you when you leave the home, or kennel them if they must remain during the showing. Keep your pets safe and your home buyers at ease.
Looking for more information? We’re here to help you! Obtaining the expert advice of the KW Energy Corridor Team is the first step in a successful home sale! We will be happy to provide you with custom strategies for top-dollar offers! We also have a vast network of service professionals to help you prepare your home for the market.
KW Energy Corridor Team
11757 Katy Fairway | Suite 930
Houston, TX 77079