9 Easy Home Improvements to Sell Your Home Fast

You’ve been trying to sell your home and you did everything you thought was expected of you. You connected with a real estate agent, had professional photos taken of your house, and opened your home to numerous strangers as they paraded around your halls on private tours and open houses. But after weeks of your home being listed, not a single reasonable offer has been made. Sound familiar?

Currently, the median number of days a home sits on the market is 41 days. And, of course, the longer your home sits on the market the more control homebuyers have when it comes time for negotiations. So, take your house out of seller’s limbo by adding perceived value (and actual value) to your home. Here are nine easy home improvements you can do that will make your house more appealing to potential home buyers and help sell your home fast.

1. Upgrade Your Mailbox

Upgrading your mailbox might seem like a rather silly thing to do at first, but if we are talking about making a great first impression to potential home buyers, the mailbox is often the very first thing someone sees before pulling in the driveway. It’s also the easiest home improvement you can do.

It could just be a new mailbox that replaces the old, weathered one you’ve had for years. And let’s face it, most homeowners don’t put much thought into what their mailbox looks like, often becoming an eyesore to your driveway. Or, you could upgrade to a “Next Generation” mailbox that allows USPS to deliver large packages to your mailbox instead of your front door. And we all know packages that are apparently visible to any passerby have a better chance of not being taken.

In fact, with more and more consumer products being purchased online and delivered to homes, you may even consider upgrading to a security mailbox that keeps your mail and packages safe from theft altogether.

Either way, upgrading your mailbox is a simple, cost-effective method of bringing perceived value to your home.

2. Paint Your House Inside and Out

This cannot be emphasized enough, but painting the inside of your home with a fresh neutral color goes a long way with potential homebuyers. For example, your kids’ rooms may have very unique colors that they had insisted upon at one time, but not every potential buyer is going to enjoy that purple room as much as your kid does. You’ll want to put a fresh coat of paint on those walls so anyone touring your home can envision themselves living in your space. 

In fact, everything you’re doing to prep your home for sale is making your home look its very best and allowing potential homebuyers to envision themselves in every room of your house. You want people touring your house to think, what if I bought this house? This room could be my office, nursery, guest bedroom, etc. However, it becomes hard for potential buyers to envision themselves in a room with purple walls.

Alternatively, painting the exterior of your home may be the best solution to getting your home sold faster. If your home’s color has faded from its former glory, the paint is chipping, or your house has always been that home on the block the neighborhood kids call the orange house, you may want to consider getting your home painted a more contemporary color. Though painting the exterior of your home can be pricey, when done by professionals, the process has a very quick turnaround time and the result will be sure to leave a lasting impression on potential buyers.

3. Enhance Your Curb Appeal

It doesn’t matter if you live in Dallas, TXor Portland, OR, enhancing your curb appeal can go a long way toward making a great first impression on potential homebuyers.

First, you’ll want to look at your landscaping in front of and around your house. How does your lawn, trees, and overall vegetation look? Make sure your lawn is freshly trimmed, all dead debris (like sticks and leaves) are picked up, and 2 to 3 inches of fresh bark mulch is placed around your shrubs, trees, and plants.

Do you have hedges that line your property or some other form of fruit or decorative trees on your property? Having your hedges trimmed and your trees cut back can make your yard go from something that resembles an unruly wilderness to a well-maintained and welcoming paradise.

Also, if you don’t already have decorative plants bringing color to your front driveway and entrance, a few well-positioned potted plants are an inexpensive and inviting sight for newcomers to your home.

4. Clean, Declutter, and Stage Your Home

Nothing turns potential homebuyers away faster than an unkept and cluttered home. If you’re looking to sell your house quickly, it might be a good idea to hire professionals to get your house in order. Decluttering and staging your home is a must if you want to make your home and all its uniqueness shine its best for potential buyers. 

If your closets are overflowing with winter jackets, or you have too many large pieces of furniture in your living room, your spaces will not be showcased the way they should be. People touring your home like to look not just at the larger rooms, but also poke around in closets, drawers, and other storage areas to make sure their stuff will fit. If your stuff is in the way, that makes it much harder for buyers to see themselves in your space.

Furthermore, a deep cleaning is a must before any open house or home tour takes place. If you have a cat or dog (or both), you probably don’t smell them anymore. However, people that don’t have pets are acutely aware of homes that do, simply because it’s a scent they’re not used to. If you’re looking for a quick turnaround, a professional can help eliminate odors, stains, and any number of other things you may no longer be aware of and make your home feel brand new again.

5. Fence in Your Backyard and Refinish Your Deck

It’s amazing what a refinished deck or new cedar fence enclosing a backyard can do for a home. Not only is it functional and aesthetically pleasing, but the return on investment is nothing to shy away from if you’re looking for an easy project that will help you get your home sold fast.

In fact, the national average in 2019 for recouping the cost of a wood deck addition on a home is 75.6%. So, although you may take a small hit financially by adding a wood deck onto your house, you would recoup most of the cost and potentially sell your home faster because of the added feature.

Likewise, adding a fence to your property can do wonders for your home in a relatively short period of time. And according to a 2018 survey by the American Pet Product Association,”67% of U.S. households own a pet,” meaning over half the people touring your home have a fuzzy little friend, and a fenced in backyard is a bonus to some homebuyers but a must for others.

6. Fix Your Light Switches and Update Your Fixtures

So it’s true, people touring your home will play with your faucets, open your drawers, and test ALL your light switches. If you have a light switch that doesn’t work (or an electrical outlet), now is the time to get it fixed. Light switches that do not work signify to homebuyers that your house may have electrical issues, when in fact, it may be something much more simple. Nonetheless, at that point, you’ve already lost that potential offer.

You’ll also want to replace all your burnt out light bulbs to make sure every room in your house is bright and inviting. Furthermore, all your interior lights should be the same color temperature for consistent lighting throughout your house.

Updating your light fixtures, ceiling fans, and even your hardware on doors and cabinets is an easy and cost-effective way of increasing the perceived value of your home. If you already have an electrician fixing your light switches, they could also replace your dated brass light fixtures with ones that have a more contemporary feel. Beyond making your interior appear more modern to homebuyers, you can take this opportunity to find fixtures that can help brighten your home and make it stand out among other homes for sale in your area.

7. Upgrade Your Garage Door

Installing a new garage door is one of the simplest and quickest ways to give your home a much-needed facelift and impress potential homebuyers. New garage doors recoup nearly all the money invested into them, and, in some areas like the west coast, a new garage door actually recoups more than its initialinvestment at 123.8% on average. Meaning your new garage door could actually put money back in your pocket.

There are several styles and designs to choose from, just make sure that you go with a style that fits the look of your house. Especially if you’ve recently painted your home a more contemporary color, a new garage door can be that easy home improvement that pushes home lookers into actual offers.

8. Get a New Front Door

Give others entryway envyby upgrading your front door and transforming the character of your home. Over the years, front doors see a lot of abuse and begin to look worn and tired. Luckily, a new front door is quick to replace and a very cost-effective way of making your entryway unique and aesthetically pleasing to anyone stepping up onto your doormat.

Solid wood doors are always a classic style for homes not to go out of style anytime soon. They’re solid and typically last much longer than alternative materials like fiberglass. Additionally, front doors with inlaid glass can also give your entryway more natural light for the interior of your home. Either way, a new door is a quick and easy way to impress homebuyers.

9. Update Your Kitchen Appliances for a Fresh Look

If you’re looking to sell your home quickly, updating your kitchen with modern and timeless stainless steel appliances is a great way to go. Though this can be costly, new appliances really appeal to first-time homebuyers, and as a result, you could see more competitive offers.

Furthermore, there is a good possibility your appliances probably need to be updatedanyway. Typically, larger appliances like fridges and stoves should be replaced every 10 years, while smaller appliances it’s recommended to be replaced every 5 years. Nonetheless, updated appliances are a safe bet if you’re looking to sell your home fast.

Originally published on Redfin

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Summer Time Staging

Happy Friday,

First off, TGIF!! Secondly, How is your summer going? I know, I know… it’s hot and humid and back to school is just a couple weeks away, already! But hopefully everyone has had a chance to take a vacation or two, spend some much needed time at the beach, or maybe even travelled abroad!

Well, although we know summer is all about fun in the sun, it is also the hottest time of year to sell your home if you live in the Houston Metropolitan area. And we have been feeling the super busy rush! Our team has been going non-stop this summer staging house after house and consulting with all of you fabulous homeowners! We have helped over 150 client so far this year and looking forward to all the new clients we will meet!

Check out just a few of the homes we have staged over the last few months…

 

 

 

 

 

If you are planning to sell this summer, give us a call before you list! Our team will get your home staged and ready for buyers! Click below for a quick staging quote!

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Coming Soon To The Woodlands Area

Hey there Happy Nesters,

Hope everyone is enjoying this nice Fall Weather! Okay, I know it is Houston and we don’t really have true Fall weather, but a girl can hope can’t she?!

This week we staged a super cute single story home in The Woodlands / Conroe area close to The Woodlands College Park High School. Based on the layout of this home, we staged the Formal Dining, Living Room, Master Bedroom, Bathrooms and Kitchen to highlight all of the beautiful features this home has to offer buyers.

This home offers 1,834 Square Feet, with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large family room, separate formal dining and breakfast nook, and a large master retreat. The backyard is a great size for entertaining and playtime with your kids! Check out the photos below. If you are interested in scheduling a tour, click on the link below for the home. This one won’t last long!

23 N. Merryweather Circle, Conroe, TX 77384

 

We would love to stage your home too! Contact us today for a quick staging quote!

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Staging Investment Properties

Hey there Happy Nesters,

How is everyone on this gorgeous day? The weather here in the Houston area has been hot but it is so beautiful out! It has been a super busy week for us at Staging The Nest. We started our week out de-staging a home that sold very quickly and for top dollar out in the Magnolia area. Then we worked in our warehouse creating staging plans for the Vacant Staging projects that we had later in the week. We pulled artwork, throw pillows, accessories and all the furniture each home needed in order to give it that beautiful staged look. We also did a little shopping for inventory items as well as some specialty items needed for each of the homes.

This week, we worked with multiple Real Estate Investors on their Renovation & Flip properties. Real Estate is always changing, some months are more of a Seller’s Market, some month’s are more of a Buyer’s Market. Real Estate is also a Feast or Famine type of industry. With Real Estate Investors, they are always looking for the next best deal to invest in, whether that will be for a flip property or a buy-hold property that they plan to lease over time.

We have connected with multiple Real Estate Investors to stage their properties once the renovations are completed. The Investors factor our staging price into their rehab budget so they know their “all-in” costs when it comes to flipping a home, from start to finish. And staging is ever-more important. Staging is marketing; Staging is merchandizing; Staging is what sells homes. The visual purpose of staging a flip house is to define the areas in the property, give the property some personality, create emotional connection points for buyers, and showcase the beautiful features of the property. By doing all of this, we turn the property into a home that buyers connect to. The goal of staging is to get buyers to fall in love with the property so they make an offer, and the home sells! We help our Real Estate Investors sell their properties quickly and for top dollar, because we want them to get the best Return on their Investment!

Check out one of our Vacant Staging projects that we completed this week for a Real Estate Investor in The Woodlands area.

If you are planning to invest in Real Estate, whether to renovate and flip a home, or to simply lease it out, contact us first to stage your property. You should get your staging proposal upfront so that you can factor the cost of staging into your investment and renovation budget. Unplanned expenses come up when renovating a home, but staging shouldn’t be one of them. As we like to say… Don’t Delay, Stage Today! Staging before listing the home for sale sets you up for success!

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Until next time…

xoxo

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Farmhouse Home Staging

Hey there happy nesters,

As we all know, the farmhouse style is the latest craze with home design and decor, with a big thanks to Chip and Joanna in Waco. And who doesn’t love that soft look of reclaimed wood, painted furniture, and farmhouse style accent decor?  Well, this home did not disappoint. This is a true original farmhouse, nestled on five and a half acres in the little town of Magnolia, Texas.

The property features private gate access, a fully air conditioned Dog Kennel with 10 dog runs outside, a stocked pond, a barn and a vegetable garden and that’s just whats outside. On the interior of the home, you will find original wood paneling that is painted white for that farmhouse shiplap look; a wood burning brick fireplace with custom mantle; a large updated open kitchen; a huge walk-in pantry with room for your fridge and a back porch entrance; new hardwood flooring; custom master bathroom that is to die for; additional guest bedrooms with plenty of space for your family and friends; and a bonus room that could be used as a secondary living room, a study, or a game room – you decide!

If you are looking for a home with all the charm of farmhouse living, look no further. Take a look at these photos for your viewing pleasure! And if you are interested in scheduling a showing for this home, feel free to reach out to us and we will put you in contact with the listing agent. Ashley@StagingTheNest.com

Thanks for checking out our newest staging project. We can’t wait to share our upcoming projects as well. Stay tuned…

And in the meantime, if you need to stage your home send us an email or give me a call. I’d love to chat with you about staging your nest! 832-427-2463

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Expertise Home Staging Award!

Hey there, Happy Nesters! Thanks for following along with all my fun staging jobs and the staging and real estate industry information. I have been enjoying sharing all of this with you!

Yesterday we were informed that Staging The Nest was awarded a pretty cool award! We have been named as one of the TOP 17 home staging companies located in the Houston Metro area! That is so exciting for us and we are truly so thankful to all our clients who have helped us gain this recognition! It is because of you that we are ranked so highly among some amazingly talented people in our industry! So, Thank You!!

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Contact us today to have your home staged by Staging The Nest! Whether we use your furniture and accessories or you choose to have us furnish your vacant property, we have Home Staging solutions that will fit your need! Call us today! We are here to help!

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Staging The Nest – Walden Rd

Good morning Happy Nesters!

We are officially beginning the busy season of Late Winter / Early Spring home selling. And, that means that our little Home Staging business is staying busy with consultations and vacant home staging projects. When you want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, give us a call! 832-427-2463

We will stage your home using proven home staging techniques to appeal to more buyers. By doing this, we will help generate more offers to get your home sold quickly! Because less than 10 percent of home buyers have the ability to visualize a vacant space, we create the visual appeal for them. Think Model Home!

Check out the photos below of our most recent staging project in Montgomery, Texas located at The 18th at Walden Condominiums close to Lake Conroe and Walden Golf & Country Club. If you are interested in this property, contact us today and we can put you in touch with the listing agent. They are scheduling tours and taking offers now! 832-427-2463  |  Ashley@StagingTheNest.com

Photos credit: BK Designs Real Estate Photography

To schedule your Home Staging Consultation, give us a call today! Whether your home is Occupied or Vacant, we have Home Staging options perfect for you!

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Profit Killing Mistakes for Houston Home Flippers

Hey there, happy nesters! Can you believe that it’s already 2017? The holidays came and went in a flash! And now we are in a new year, which means the Houston area Real Estate market has changed again!

A new year means many Houston area homes will be listed for sale very soon on http://www.HAR.com! That being said, this blog post is very important especially for home flippers in and around the Houston and The Woodlands areas.

There are hundreds of new home flippers every year; some that have zero prior experience in the house flipping industry and/or real estate industry. What does this mean? Well this means that these new flippers are most likely making rookie mistakes which will kill their profits when it comes time to sell the property.

So, if you are a new (or experienced) home flipper, check out these 4 most common mistakes made by New Home Flippers. And, let’s make sure that you are not making any of these mistakes.

  1. Not Putting Together a Team: You must have a team of vendors from lawyers to realtors, and wholesalers to lenders. Be prepared!
  2. Not Vetting the GC: The majority of issues new investors have during their first flip are the result of contractor issues. Thoroughly VET your contractor!
  3. Not Staging: Staged homes sell up to 2.5x quicker and for up to 17% more than non-staged homes! Give me a call and I can help you with this! 832-427-2463 | Ashley@StagingTheNest.com
  4. Holding Too Long: The longer you hold onto your property, the more costs you will incur. Price wisely, sell the property, and collect your profits!

Before you begin, make sure you have all the right people in place to help you succeed with your home flipping business! There are always surprises when you start working on a new flip, so be ready!

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Staging The Nest – Twin Oak

Hey there, Happy Nesters! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, and everyone is focusing on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, I wanted to share a real estate listing with you all that we recently staged.

Nestled in the Chateau Woods community just outside of The Woodlands, Texas is this quaint 1,472 square ft home. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large living room, and a large lot perfect for family gatherings, children to run and play, and plenty of space for pets to stretch their legs! Check out the listing on HAR.com.

10312 Twin Oak Dr. Conroe, Texas 77385

Check out the before and after photos!

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If you need to schedule your home staging consultation, give me a call! I would love to help you get your home ready to sell!

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