Increase Your Home Value in 5 Easy Steps!

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

How to Optimize Your Selling Price

How to Optimize Your Selling Price

When you are ready to sell your house, you want to get the best price, bottom line. After all, no one puts their house up for sale hoping for a mediocre offer. The following strategies will give you the best opportunity to optimize your selling price.

3 Ways to Optimize Your Selling Price

There are many things to remember when selling a house. Getting the best price often takes extra care and utilizing specific strategies. Work with a quality real estate team for best results and use the following 3 strategies:

Don’t Always Accept the First Offer

The moment an offer comes in is exciting and can be very enticing to accept it right away. After all, isn’t it our main goal to get the house sold? However, accepting that first offer may be missing a big opportunity to earn more for your house.

A better strategy often is to wait out that first bid. This gives a second buyer the chance to come in and also make an offer. This often results in a bidding war that ultimately earns you more for your house. Therefore, before jumping to accept the first offer by a prospective buyer, consider waiting to see if another offer comes in to bring the selling price up.

Start Low and Finish Higher

This strategy is powerful in combination with the first strategy. While it may seem counterproductive for any motivated seller, this strategy is capable of creating the foundation for a bidding war that may bring your final selling price well above expectations.

By pricing your house slightly lower than expected you may pique the interest of more buyers. Generating interest is arguably one of the most important, and hardest parts of selling your house. With the right price, buyers begin imagining themselves in the home the moment they step into it. What all this means to you, the seller is multiple buyers competing for your home, in turn, create a bidding war that could drive the selling price beyond your asking price.

Be Ready to Make Changes to Stand Out

Another way to generate interest is making your home stand out. This is where an experienced realtor can really assist you. With the knowledge of what buyers are currently looking for, a realtor can help you determine strategies to make your house stand out. Keep in mind, you’re not looking at major remodeling projects, but minor changes to improve the overall appeal of your house.

Get the Best Offer You Can

Discuss with your agent these and other strategies to optimize your selling price. Don’t settle for a lesser offer when you can get more for your home.

The Lippincott Team provides sellers with the in-depth market knowledge and strategies designed for a quick sale at the optimal price. Contact Us for assistance or to learn more about selling your house.