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.

Post-Harvey Housing: 9 Months Later

Post-Harvey Housing: 9 Months Later

After the devastation Hurricane Harvey left the greater Houston area in on August 29th, 2017, we understand the reluctance that can accompany home buying in our area in 2018. While the situation was, and continues to be, heartbreaking for many people, Houstonians are resilient and moving forward as a community together! In fact, Houston’s housing market continued beating records in 2017, which ended up being the strongest year ever, according to a recent press release from the Houston Association of Realtors.


In the press release, HAR Chair Kenya Burrell-Van Wormer explains that “No one could ever have imagined 2017 turning out to be a record-setting year for the Houston real estate market, which had weathered the effects of the energy slump only to have Harvey strike such a devastating blow. We know that many are still working tirelessly to rebuild their lives after Harvey, but overall, this clearly illustrates the incredible resilience of the people and the economy of Houston, Texas. We also know that some neighborhoods are performing better than others, so it’s always advisable to consult a Realtor when thinking about buying or selling a home.”


The Lippincott Team has thoroughly researched all of listings to ensure full disclosure on the property’s flood history. Our honest, dependable team of real estate agents both sell and live in the Northwest Houston area, and we’re aware which neighborhoods and communities were most affected during Harvey. While it’s normal to be concerned – you don’t need to worry about buying or selling in the post-Harvey market when you choose The Lippincott Team as your trusted agency! If you’d like more information, please call today: 832-392-8818.

How to decorate like an interior designer

How to decorate like an interior designer

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By Lee Crowder

As the Design Gallery and Model Branding Manager for Darling Homes, I’m in charge of choosing the theme, furniture and selections in our model homes. When making these types of decisions, I rely on my degree in interior design and experience in the field to ensure that visitors feel at home when they walk into one of our models.

You don’t have to be an interior designer to do this in your home, though. Here’s five ways you can make your own space feel like a model home


  • Decide on a color palette.

When I’m working on the design aesthetic for a new model home, the first thing I do is create an overall theme or color palette. I suggest you do the same thing for your home. If possible, select the theme and any paint colors before or as soon as you move in — even if you don’t paint or decorate every room immediately. By doing this, you’ll be able to stay focused and select artwork, bedding and other home accessories that match the rest of your home.

  • Plan your space efficiently.

You might think that placing furniture against the walls in your home will open up space, but in actuality it often creates a cluttered look. For ideas on how to efficiently arrange your furniture, visit a model home. They feature conversational spaces that have been planned by a professional.

  • Make a splash in the bathroom.

We love dramatic powder baths at Darling Homes. That means a deep rich color or a unique tile pattern on the floor or wall. It might be one of the smaller spaces in your home, but it can make a big impact.

  • Select the right artwork.

We want to make sure your eye is being drawn to key places in a model home. Most of the time we do that with pieces of art of that make a big impact. Instead of grouping lots of small pieces, which can appear busy and unplanned, opt for something larger. If possible, find a piece that means something to you.

  • Make it personal.

When we’re designing a model, we research who our buyers will be and make sure the home reflects their lifestyles and family needs. Your home should not be any different – it should reflect your personality and lifestyle. Don’t choose a finish or piece of furniture because you see it in a model or magazine. Choose it because you love it!

Celebration at Bridgeland HS recognizes safety milestone

Celebration at Bridgeland HS recognizes safety milestone

July 28, 2016—Representatives from Gilbane Building Company and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD joined hundreds of construction workers for a lunch and milestone safety celebration in the future cafeteria of CFISD’s 12th high school, Bridgeland High School, on July 27.

Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent, commends the construction workers for their dedication to building the multi-campus site in Bridgeland. 

The celebration recognized Gilbane’s progress on the high school and elementary school No. 55, both of which will open in August 2017 and be part of a multi-campus site including a future middle school. More than 600 workers have dedicated 500,000 hours to the project and have successfully completed 353 days without an accident.

Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools, addressed the workers on the construction site on House Hahl Road.

From left, IBI Group, Inc. Assistant Project Manager Ann Frankovich, CFISD Director of Project Management Jody Doebele and IBI Group, Inc. Project Manager Laura Michela attend the milestone safety celebration at Bridgeland High School on July 27. 

“This is going to be an unbelievable facility for our students to attend,” Dr. Henry said. “The opportunities our students are going to have will be unlimited. Even though brick has just started being installed, you can tell it’s going to be a beautiful facility that’s going to add a lot to the northwest side of the community.”

The 128-acre Bridgeland multi-campus site, designed by IBI Group, Inc., will be located between Mason Road and the Grand Parkway.

CFISD’s 12th high school, designed by IBI Group, Inc., and constructed by Gilbane Building Company, will open in the 2017-2018 school year between Mason Road and the Grand Parkway.

Dr. Henry commended the workers for their dedication on a large-scale project.

CFISD Elementary School No. 55 will be part of a multi-campus site in Bridgeland along with Bridgeland High School and a future middle school. 

“To go nearly a year without having an accident on a project of this magnitude is a testament to the contractor and subcontractors and how conscious they are of making sure their colleagues are taken care of,” Dr. Henry said. I commend Gilbane and all the subcontractors for taking safety seriously.”

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