Recently, I listed a home in League City that had flowering clover in the front yard. This is an ugly weed in a suburban lawn - a sign of an unkempt yard. Maybe it's beautiful in on in rolling Irish meadows. Additionally, there was a football, a basketball, a basketball goal, and a pile of dead palm branches and the patio needed to be swept. The owner of this home couldn't see why this could affect the value of the home. But, lucky for him, he trusting my experience that says it will affect the value...
So I ask you -- good first impression or great first impression?
There are many things that a home seller can do to add value to their home. I call it Exterior Home Staging. Money and time spent on the exterior is well worth it. You have to make a list of priorities with a local Realtor that knows the market because ways to add value to your home in Clear Lake, Texas and League City, Texas are vastly different than Timbuktu. Further, I can tell you as Realtor practicing in the South East Houston Suburbs, that the improvements a seller should make in two adjacent neighborhoods can be very different. Here's an example:
Homes in a neighborhood with homes aging 7 years old or newer don't typically need to worry about the condition of the roof, electrical systems, plumbing, or heating/cooling systems. One of the best ways to add value is to increase showings with curb appeal and creating a backyard oasis. These can easily be done on any budget.
Now, the neighborhood next door might be 30 years old. In this case, adding double-paned windows or replacing a roof might be the #1 priority. However, landscaping, paint, and fence repairs will be additional important improvements that will be easily noticed.
The Brian Worrell Team has learned some great secrets over the years to improving the appearance of any home. Some of our suggestions could add thousands of dollars into your pocket! Call anytime for a free evaluation of your home in League City, Clear Lake, Friendswood, and surrounding areas.
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