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Rafael Johns…, Home Buyer in Humble, TX

what kind of upgrades should I do to a home that was in built in 2005 to maximize the price?

Asked by Rafael Johnson, Humble, TX Mon Jul 21, 2014

one story home that is only 2000 sqft.

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The most important thing to remember is that you are competing against other homes in your neighborhood. If 90% of the homes in your neighborhood have great curb appeal, and yours does not, consider sprucing it up a little. Most of the time, it's the small (often inexpensive) things that buyers notice. Paying to have carpets cleaned, walls painted, and maintaing a 'non-lived in' look will speak volumes to potential buyers. As far as additional upgrades, it is best to speak with a Realtor who can provide you a market analysis and help determine the value of your upgrades.

Contact me if you have any additional questions!


Anderson Properties

281.529.5174 Direct
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 4, 2014

You might not have to do anything in this hot market! Depend on where your home is located for starters.

That being said, simple things like making sure everything is clean, light bulbs are working, scuffs and touched up, carpets are stretched and steamed cleaned. How is the curb appeal? Adding mulch and trimming bushes as well as cleaning the front door.

As others have mentioned, it would be great to view the home and see what you have? We might suggest removing wall paper, painting a room, replacing worn plumbing fixtures, etc. There is no "one fix fits all" and working with an experienced Realtor will be a key as you get ready to put your home on the market.

Let us know if we can be of some assistance.

Mark McNitt
m 832-567-4357
Bernstein Realty, Inc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 4, 2014
A few factors to consider: The age and condition of the home, the location. It is best to have a realtor meet with you to look over comps and the home prior to determining how much to spend on upgrades. Remember there is a difference between rehab to rent vs. rehab to sell. I am more than happy to meet and discuss with you the options.

Best Regards,
Sahar Samadian, REALTOR
Realty Associates
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 4, 2014
I don't recommend doing anything without me looking at the house, the location, and at the homes that have recently sold. Why? Because you can put all the upgrades you want but if they are not the right upgrades then you've just wasted your money.

A great example is granite counter tops. If all homes in the area are selling for $150k and all of them have granite counter tops, then you would need to get granite counter tops to compete (do you want to spend the money or reduce the price of the home?). If none of them have granite counter tops, then don't waste your money.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Macedo
Texas Real Estate Agent
Champions Real Estate Group
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 8, 2014
For a nine year old home there shouldn't be too much required but condition of the floors and paint inside and out should be a consideration as well as the counters. Today's buyers expect granite or corian type counters and will quickly discount homes without this feature.

Don't overlook the obvious:

deep clean
minimize furnishings
depersonalizing the home
plant, trim, & mow
presence of pets should be minimalized

When attempting to maximize on the price of a home, it's important that the home is made to "shine" in every respect. Buyers relate to homes in which "pride of ownership" prevails. This in itself can sell a home.

Just keeping it real!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 21, 2014
2005. That means everything is 9 years old.

This also suggest the kitchen is open and floor plan contemporary.

Paint, inside and out.
Make all 'FORMICA' surfaces disappear if present.
Make the curb appeal SENSATIONAL.

Know the obstacles a buyer must confront and have SOLUTIONS available.
Kick any buyers with big bank paper (Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Never Ever Bank of Clearwater FL) to the curb.

Create a REAL home selling strategy. This is not a byproduct of the environment but a plan of intention with outcomes that are time driven.

Your REALTOR will be able to discuss all of these issues in great detail.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Palm Harbor, FL
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 21, 2014
Upgraded kitchens and bathrooms are always a must when selling real estate in Houston. Wood or laminate flooring and neutral colored paint is good also. Nice landscaping is a plus as well. Call me if you need assistance!
Flag Tue Jul 22, 2014
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