What Do I Need To Do To Sell My House In Houston

What do I need to do to sell my house in Houston?

Here are some tips on how to get your home ready to sell.  There are essentially two different general routes that you can take if you want to sell your house in Houston.

Sell it on the MLS

The first option basically is to sell it on the MLS, which requires getting a realtor involved and following the steps which we’re going to talk about today. A lot of the things we’re going to mention are some of the steps that you can follow to improve your chances of selling your house.

Or alternatively –

Sell direct to an investor

Of course there’s another option which you can follow: talk to a general real estate professional about alternatives. If you aren’t willing or able to get the house ready to sell to a tenant buyer, or an owner occupant buyer that planes to move in and live there, then you might just decide to sell your house to a local real estate investor, like Houston Westside Home Buyers.

This article largely focuses on selling to an owner occupant planning to live there, and if you asking what do I need to do to sell my house in Houston to somebody that is planning to buy it and move in, then here are a few general steps for you to consider:

Get your head right

The first thing that you need to do when you want to sell your house is to get your head right.

You need to make the decision that you actually going to sell your house.  Understand that it’s going to require some work and cause a bit of stress along the way.  Understand that it is a stressful journey that you are going to be on.

For most of us, our house, our primary residence is our biggest single investment and so when you’re talking about selling that, it’s a huge implication. So get your head right, get your mind in the right state for that, and then just get into it.

Fix broken items

You also need to go through your house and make sure that you fix the things that are broken.

Not just doors and windows here, but really try to identify all the little items that buyers are obviously going to notice when they’re doing their walk through.  Be proactive and make those repairs sooner rather than late.

With that being said, be sure you only make the necessary repairs – don’t go crazy and over renovate property. If there’s a door that’s been kicked in, just get the door replaced, don’t go crazy. Take care to identify just absolute essentials to get it back to a state where it can be sold on the market.

Clean and declutter

The next thing you should consider when you want to sell your house is you’re going to have to give it a really good clean – kind of like a spring clean.

And declutter!  Gather up all of your own personal effects and just get them out of sight of potential buyers.

You have to think about other people who are potentially going to be buying your property.  They don’t want to see all of your personal stuff (they aren’t buying any of that), and they have to envision themselves living in that house.

So be sure to do a really good spring clean, a deep clean. Get in there, scrub the place down and then just stash away all of the unnecessary items. Keep it clean, simple, and you should do a lot better trying to sell.

Make minor improvements

Also consider making some minor improvements to your house before you put it on the market.

These are fairly easy to do, you could probably do a lot of them yourself and these improvements would just increase the perceived value of your property.  Good examples would be small ticket items like exchanging out the switch plates on electrical outlets, replacing the hardware in the kitchen, some of the AC vents, install a new ceiling fan, etc.  These are just inexpensive and easy projects that will be noticed.  Think about those smaller items that really will give a property a much better look and feel when prospective buyers come in to view your house.

Assess curb appeal

Give some real objective thought about first impressions. What are people going to see and feel when they drive up to your house to view your property?

Invest some money, not too much money in landscaping and cleaning up the yard.  Mow the lawn, clean up the weeds, do a few small things.  Consider putting in some pavers (for a buck and a half down at the Home Depot or the local big box home improvement store).

Don’t spend a lot money doing this, but also remember that people are going to form an opinion in the first five to 10 seconds once they have arrived at your house. And it could be that subconsciously by the time they come in the door, they’ve already decided not to buy your house.

Paint using neutral colors

One of the easiest things that you can do to improve the perception of your property is to give it a fresh coat of paint.

If you decide you’re going to paint your property, you should consider using a painting professional.  If you want to tackle it yourself, just be advised that it is a fair amount of work and as we have learned, it might take longer than anticipated.  Keep that in mind if you do want to tackle it yourself.

In terms of colors, it is better to stick with neutral colors as that will appeal to a wider audience for potential buyers for your property. And if you wanted to have an accent wall here and there, those are effective if done tastefully.  Don’t go too crazy on bright or contrasting colors, keep it maybe a few tones darker or lighter, whatever the case might be, but keep it neutral and your house will look much better after a fresh coat of paint.

Stage the house

Consider staging the house, especially if the house has some large open areas or maybe some ambiguous spaces or a room that people might not be really certain as to the intended purpose of the space – a room where it isn’t clear or obvious what’s supposed to go there.

Staging helps people visualize what they would do with that room or with that space and in a way it kind of subconsciously helps them see themselves living in your house.

Get professional photographs

Be sure to get professional photographs and you’re get to want to get plenty of them.  Don’t take your own photos, definately hire a professional.  Don’t just go through with your iPhone and take a bunch of photos.  There is a noticeable difference.  You might consider even some drone photography if you have a higher end house.

What do I need to do to sell my house in Houston – Alternatives

So we’ve been talking about some of the actions that you can take to make your property ready for reselling it on the market. What you do need to be keenly aware of is that

  • it’s going to take time,
  • it’s going to take money, and
  • it can be quite stressful.

Definately keep that in mind if you are prepared to go through these actions to get your house ready for listing on the market.

We offer a less resource intensive alternative

It is a resource intensive project, if you’re going to take it on, but if you choose not to do all this, you can sell the house in as-is condition.

There are investors out there, like us, that are looking for properties that are not in pristine condition, that do have some imperfections where we can come in and we can add value. Let us bring the property up to the top of the market and put a renter into it or resell it or do what we’re going to do with it.

And we’d love to talk to you if that’s your situation.  If you have a house where you could envision it falling into either category: maybe you need to list it, maybe you need to sell it to an investor, then give us a call.  Tell us about your project, and we’ll consult with you and let you know what we can do.  We simply talk about your situation and think about what’s right for you, and if it makes sense, we are happy to make you an offer.

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Video Transcription

Mark: All right, this is Mark and Ian from Houston Westside Home Buyers.

Ian: Hey guys, how are you doing?

Mark: We’re out here at Ian’s rental property that he’s getting ready to put some tenants in here in probably about what, a week or so?

Ian: Yep, hopefully a week to ten days.

Mark: Our topic for today was, what do we need to do to sell my house in Houston?

Ian: Yeah, exactly. So we looked at the two different options or the two general routes that you can take if you wanted to sell your house in Houston. And the first one basically is to sell it on the MLS, which requires getting a realtor involved and following the steps which we’re going to talk about today. A lot of the things we’re going to mention are some of the steps that you can follow to improve your chances of selling your house. And then of course there’s another option which you can follow, which is to talk to a general real estate professional about some of the other ways that you could possibly sell your house.

Mark: Right, you’re either going to be looking to sell your house to a tenant, a home buyer, someone that’s going to be an owner occupant and move in. Or you might just decide to sell your house, probably depending on the condition of the house or other circumstances, you might just sell it to a local real estate investor, maybe like us.

Ian: Okay, so the first thing that you need to do when you want to sell your house is to get your head right. You need to make the decision that you actually going to sell your house and it’s going to require some work and it’s going to require a bit of stress along the way. It’s a stressful journey that you are going to be on. For most of us, our house, our primary residence is our biggest single investment and so when you’re talking about selling that, it’s a huge implication. So get your head right, get your mind in the right state for that, and then just get into it.

Mark: All right, you also need to go through your house and make sure that you… You got to fix the things that are broken, right? I mean, we’re not talking about just doors and windows here, but if you know that there’s some items that buyers are obviously going to notice when they’re doing their walk through, you’re going to want to go ahead and kind of be preemptive and make those repairs ahead of time.

Ian: Yeah, no, you’re 100% right on that, Mark. And what I would say though is only make the necessary repairs, so don’t go crazy and over rehab property. If there’s a door that’s been kicked in, just get the door replaced, don’t go crazy. And just absolute essentials to get it back to a state where it can be sold on the market.

All right, so the next thing you should consider when you want to sell your house is you’re going to have to give it a really good clean, kind of like a spring clean and declutter all of your own personal effects and just get them out of the way. You have to think about other people who are potentially going to be buying your property, they don’t want to see all of your personal stuff, they have to envision themselves living in that house. So a really good spring clean, a deep clean. Get in there, scrub the place down and then just stash away all of the unnecessary items. Keep it clean, simple, and you should do a lot better trying to sell.

So another thing to consider is that you could make some minor improvements to your house before you put it on the market. And these are fairly easy to do, you could probably do a lot of them yourself and these improvements would just increase the perceived value of your property. So I’m talking about things like exchanging out the switch plates on electrical outlets, maybe some of the hardware in the kitchen, some of the AC vents, maybe a ceiling fan, just easy projects, which really will give a property a much better look and feel when someone comes in to have a look at it.

Mark: Okay, assess your curb appeal. You want to give that some real objective thought. What are people going to see and feel when they drive up to your house to view your property? You’ve spent some money, not too much money, mow the lawn, clean up the weeds, do a few small things. You might go get some pavers for a buck and a half down at the Home Depot or the local big box home improvement center, don’t go crazy with it, but also let’s think about the fact that people are going to form an opinion in the first five to 10 seconds once they’re at your house. And it could be that they’ve decided not to even buy the place by the time they come in the door.

Ian: Okay, so one of the easiest things that you can do to improve the perception of your property is to give it a fresh coat of paint. If you decide you’re going to paint your property, you should consider using a painting professional. If you want to tackle it yourself, just be advised that it is a fair amount of work. Actually, this rent house, we just finished the painting today. We had some delays from bad weather and we had some issues with high winds, but the painting was successfully finished. So just keep that in mind if you do want to tackle it yourself. In terms of colors, better to stick with neutral colors as that will appeal to a wider audience for potential buyers for your property. And if you wanted to have an accent wall here and there, just don’t go too crazy on the colors, keep it maybe a few tones darker or lighter, whatever the case might be, but keep it neutral and your place will look a whole lot better after a fresh coat of paint.

Mark: Right, you want to consider maybe staging the house, especially if the house has some large open areas or maybe some kind of ambiguous spaces or maybe a room that people might not be really certain when they see what’s supposed to go there. Staging helps people visualize what they would do with that room or with that space and in a way it kind of subconsciously helps them see themselves living in your house. You’re going to also want to get professional photographs and you’re get to want to get plenty of them, hire somebody, hire a professional, don’t just go through with your iPhone and take a bunch of photos, use professionals. You might consider even some drone photography if you have a higher end house.

Ian: All right, so we’ve been talking about some of the actions that you can do to make your property ready for reselling it on the market. What you do need to be aware of is that it’s going to take time, it’s going to take money and it can be quite stressful. So keep that in mind if you want it to go ahead and go through these actions to get your house ready for putting it on the market.

Mark: Yeah, it is a resource intensive project if you’re going to take it on, if you choose not to you can sell the house in as is condition. There are investors out there, we’re investors that are looking for properties where they’re not perfect, where there are some imperfections where we can come in and we can add some value, bring the property up to the top of the market and put a renter into it or do what we’re going to do with it. And we’d love to talk to you if that’s you, if you have a house where you’re kind of not sure which way it could go, maybe you need to list it, maybe you need to sell it to an investor, give us a call and we’ll just consult with you and let you know what we can do and talk about your situation and think about what’s right for you. So this is Mark and Ian from a Houston Westside Home Buyers.

Ian: Yep, thanks for watching guys, we appreciate it.

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