Selling a house in Houston is one of the biggest transactions to a number of local homeowners.
Over the years here at Heritage Home Buyers, however, we have learned that there are several things you should do to increase the chance of selling quickly and for a good price BEFORE marketing your house and bringing prospective buyers into it.
Sell Your Houston House Faster By Doing These FIRST
De-Clutter and Take Down Family Memorabilia
You may want to invest some time into making your house less personal by removing family photos and other memorabilia. This may feel strange to you, but a potential buyer needs to be able to picture themselves living in the house. If the fridge is covered with photos and mementos of your family, it’s harder for the buyer to look at the fridge and picture their own things on it.
Price it Right
It can be simple to choose what you want your home to sell for, but industry standards need to be considered when figuring its actual market value. What you want for your house and what someone will pay for it in the current market may be two different things.
Many people are looking for homes, but they are smart and come armed with “research” they found on websites like Zillow (which typically values houses lower than what a buyer will pay for them). Research has shown that over 90% of home buyers begin their search on the internet. Make sure that you’re not asking for more than the online sources show (or have a great reason to back up your higher price to potential buyers).
NOTE: If you’re looking for an accurate price for your Houston TX, we can help you with that. We buy houses in Houston and know the market very well. We would love to give you an accurate, no-obligation offer on your house so that you know what other buyers in the market may pay on the open market. Just call us, Heritage Home Buyers, at (281) 738-3898 or submit your property information to us through the form through this link here >>.
Make the Property More Enticing
In many cases, once your house is marketed, it can attract attention right away. Studies have shown that over 70 percent of potential buyers will see the home 3 to 6 months after its listing. However, there are some things you can do to increase the attractiveness of your house if you’re not getting the attention desired.
- Do the small things in your yard. Ensure that the shrubs and yard are neatly trimmed. You can even go the extra mile and replace existing flowers with new and fresh ones.
- Repair and re-paint your house if it looks battered and bruised. This is more important than you may think.
- If you have great furniture and the buyer wants it, consider including some in the sale.
Most “retail” buyers have a difficult time looking past the ugly parts of a house. They can make improvements after purchasing, but a first impression is a lasting one. Some buyers can’t move past that initial bad impression.
Don’t have the money or time to do the repairs or upgrades yourself? It may take a while to sell a house that has been neglected over the years. But, local Houston TX home buyers like Heritage Home Buyers can buy your house fast, for cash, and you won’t have to do any repairs. We’ll take care of it all, on our dime.
If you’re interested to see what we can pay for your Houston house, fill out the form on the next page here >> .
We’ll make you a fair cash offer within 24 hours. No obligation. No rush.
Have an Inspection Carried Out
Have an inspection done and prepare key reports long before any buyers come around. Doing this will help you avoid any surprise issues that would otherwise have to be sorted out before closing. Deal with every problem, because the less issues your house has, the less amount of time it will take to sell.
If you need a referral to a great local Houston Home Inspection Service, shoot us an email or give us a call at (281) 738-3898 and we’d be happy to give you some names of reputable inspectors who can help you out.
Get All the Paperwork
This step is often ignored but is surprisingly important. Before purchasing, every buyer will want to know everything about the house. They will want to see who normally does maintenance and how often, or when important systems like the HVAC were last maintained, etc.
Selling A House In The Local Houston Real Estate Market Can Be…
… challenging if you aren’t prepared.
If trying to sell your house quickly has been difficult, consider doing some of the things laid out in this post to make your house more attractive to potential buyers.
If you need to sell your Houston house fast and are having a tough time doing so, connect with us.
We buy local houses. We can pay cash for your house, for a fair price that we both agree upon, and can get you out of your house in as little as 7 days rather than waiting months on end selling your house the traditional way.