Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Are you trying to decide whether you should list your home now or wait until the new year? We get it — the need to sell your home doesn’t stop when the hustle and bustle of the holiday season picks up. In fact, selling during the holiday season can actually offer some unique benefits that sellers during the more active listing seasons won’t get to take advantage of.

For instance, your home will have less competition during the holiday season. Your home will be more prominent to buyers looking to buy during this time, so your house could potentially sell quicker than in spring or summer, when the competition in real estate is at its peak. Plus, buyers during this time are usually serious buyers with the intent to purchase soon; they tend to have a specific reason for house hunting now, like relocation or making a purchase by year’s end for tax purposes.

Plus, what better way to show your home than during a festive season? Take advantage of subtle, warm lighting and tasteful holiday decorations to make your home look inviting. Buyers will be able to imagine themselves cozying up at your home during the holidays, and consequently, could become more attached to your property.

Ultimately, selling your home during the holidays is no different than selling any other time with a solid plan and an experienced real estate agent. With the Lippincott Team listing your property you’ll benefit from experience, expert advice, and sound guidance required for selling in today’s market in the Northwest Houston area. If you’d like to know more information about who we are and how we can help you sell your home this holiday season, give us a call today at 832-392-8818. We look forward to working with you!

Increase Your Home Value in 5 Easy Steps!

Increase Your Home Value in 5 Easy Steps!

If you’ve recently made the decision to put your home on the market, you’re probably becoming familiar with the ups and downs that come along with it. Selling a house can feel like a daunting task to homeowners! We know you’ve got a lot to do, but it’s important not to let your home value be an afterthought. There are many ways to add value to your home – some are costly, while others are relatively inexpensive. In fact, some are little things you can do today! To increase your home value in a pinch, add these 5 steps to your to-do list right now!

  1. Exterior and Interior Paint
    A fresh coat of paint does wonders for your home’s appearance. It’s like giving your house a facelift! Inside, it’s best to use neutral colors. It helps to lighten the room and makes potential buyers more likely to picture themselves in your home. Of course, exterior paint is costlier, but plays a major role for your home’s curb appeal. If your exterior is desperate for a paint job, consider budgeting for it before you list.
  2. Routine Housework
    This is the simplest way to help improve your home value. Make sure your plumbing, insulation, electric, and roof are in good condition. Keep ducts and vents clean, too! Don’t forget to deep clean your home… it will be easier to maintain throughout the selling process.
  3. Lighting
    Are your fixtures old and dated? Updating them is an easy way to modernize your space and improve the lighting in your home. We also love outdoor lighting fixtures – wall, patio, and floodlights can give your exterior a refined new look in the evening.
  4. Curb Appeal Matters
    It’s the first thing a potential buyer sees… are they looking at a well-maintained lawn with a pretty landscape, or trash cans on the driveway with overgrown planters? Make sure your home looks welcoming and attractive – while it seems obvious, it’s important to buyers.
  5. Appliance Upgrades
    If you’ve got dated or mismatched kitchen appliances, consider upgrading them to a more modern, cohesive look. A kitchen boasting appliances that complement the countertops and décor will pull everything together and make a big difference in the buyer’s mind – and your resale value.

If you’d like more information about listing your home in Cypress and the Northwest Houston area, Contact The Lippincott Team to learn more. We’re eager to help you! 832-392-8818.

Prepare Your Home to Sell This Fall

Prepare Your Home to Sell This Fall

School is back in session, the days are getting a tad bit shorter, and the weeks until Fall Equinox are dwindling away… Can you believe summer is nearing its end? Believe it or not, the end of summer can be “crunch time” for a lot of buyers! They’re ready to close and get moving into their new home, and you need to be prepared. The Lippincott Team is here to help you do just that!

In all likelihood, there will be fewer potential buyers than in spring. However, the buyers in market now are motivated to close, so it’s important to make sure your home is priced right for the market. Also, the end of summer also signals to most people that the holidays are coming! Take advantage of the ambiance of fall by tastefully decorating for cozy weather, but don’t overdo it… leave the inflatable yard decorations in storage and hang your elegant autumn inspired wreath, instead.

The end of summer is also the perfect time to clean and freshen up the outside of your home. Power washing your driveway and sidewalks and spiffing up your windows will make your home sparkle against a beautiful fall backdrop. Curb appeal is always important, and first impressions can turn away a potential buyer. Take your marketing photos now, before the cold weather begins to make your leaves fall and your grass turn brown. Buyers will see the best version of your home and its landscaping this way! Also, a well-lit exterior catches the eye as the sun begins to set earlier. Nothing refreshes the look of your home in the evening like new landscape lighting fixtures!

If you’re selling your home this fall, The Lippincott Team would love to help you. Our well-informed team of Realtors know exactly what it takes to sell your home in Cypress this fall. Call today for a free home valuation and we’ll get started! 832-392-8818

How to Prepare your Home for Selling

How to Prepare your Home for Selling

Are you ready to put your house on the market, but you’re not sure where to start? Listing your home can feel overwhelming, but we’ve got a few tips to allow you to feel more relaxed about showing your home. Let The Lippincott Team help you prepare for showing – and selling – your home!

1. Tidy Up
Nobody wants to view a dirty house! Thoroughly clean your home from top to bottom before your showing. Adding a home-y touch like fresh baked cookies or a lighting a mild scented candle are great ideas, too!

2. Neutral Works Best
In the weeks before your showing, consider painting your walls a neutral color and simplifying your home decor. Remove personalized items, like family pictures on the fridge or mantle. You want your buyers to be able to easily picture themselves in your house.

3. Highlight Focal Points
While we do want to neutralize large spaces, splashes of color are beneficial for drawing attention to areas of the home you’d like to highlight. A bowl of lemons on your marble counter tops or a leafy wreath above your gorgeous fireplace will draw the eye to these features in your home. Also, take advantage of natural lighting. Draw back the curtains and open the blinds to open up your home.

4. Curb Appeal Matters
Don’t make the mistake of focusing all of your updating efforts indoors! Your buyers look at the outside before they step foot in your home, so be sure to trim your shrubs, mow the grass, and keep the walkway clear. An inviting exterior will welcome potential buyers to your home.

Are you in the market to sell your home in Northwest Houston? Don’t hesitate – contact The Lippincott Team today! We’ve got buyers lined up and we’re anxious to help you get started. Give us a call today! 832-392-8818

Set the Stage!

Set the Stage!

When you’re ready to list your home, one of the most important things you can do is prepare for home staging.  Staging your home is the process of decorating, rearranging, and organizing, purposely designed to feature and highlight your home’s best assets. Home staging is a crucial process to impress potential buyers and sell quickly for the highest price possible. Set the Stage!

While staging is technically optional, it really shouldn’t be!

If you choose not to stage your home, you could end up settling for a lower selling price than you anticipated. Additionally, it’s likely your home could be listed for a longer marketing period than you may have expected. Don’t forget – potential buyers don’t want to see unfinished project; it means more work for them when they move into the home. For every problem they see, they could deduct it’s cost from the offering price. Too many problems and they’ll pass on your home completely!

We advise taking a few simple steps to stage your home to be listed:

  1. Clean Up: Make sure your appliances are spotless inside and out. Deep clean the corners of your tub, the grout in between the tile, and behind the toilets. Your goal should be to make everything look new, even if it’s not!
  2. Depersonalize: Potential buyers want to imagine themselves and their belongings in your home. We advise removing refrigerator art and family photos.
  3. Declutter: Clutter distracts buyers from the best qualities of your home. Plus, it can make a potential buyer worried that your home doesn’t have enough storage space. Don’t forget, buyers will want to see inside the closets, so don’t cram items in them and expect them to remain out of sight for long.

When you’re ready to list your home, The Lippincott Team is here to help you every step of the way! Give us a call today: 832-392-8818

Why You Still Need A Qualified Realtor

Why You Still Need A Qualified Realtor

Yes – You Still Need a Qualified Realtor!

Were you considering saving money on your listing by doing the work yourself? While it’s true that anyone can list or shop for a house without formally signing a qualified real estate agent, a realtor will help you at every stage – from setting a price to marketing your property to closing the sale. Check out these reasons why experts still recommend using a qualified realtor for buying and selling your home.

First, all real estate licensees are not equal! Only agents that are members of the National Association of Realtors are called Realtors. As such, we pledge to uphold a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain the highest level of knowledge of the buying and selling process. Make sure your realtor is a member of the National Association of Realtors.

Your real estate agent knows the neighborhood! They can give you up-to-date information on the current happenings in your local marketplace, as well as pertinent information on competing properties. These are key factors in selling your home for the best price! Plus, your agent can advise repairs or cosmetic work that will substantially enhance the salability of your property.

Additionally, a qualified real estate agent has a marketing plan in mind. This marketing plan will affectively expose your property to the proper audiences as well as other real estate agents though a multiple listing service. Qualified agents know when, where, and how to advertise in the frequency that works best for your market. Lastly, a qualified real estate agent brings a sense of security to your home. We prescreen and accompany qualified prospects before they step foot on your property.

Make your next move easy. Whether buying, selling, or leasing, The Lippincott Team is dedicated to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations. Contact our highly professional team today to get started: 832-392-8818