Making your Cypress Home Stand out on the market

 Little things can make the difference when selling your home in the Houston area or any market for that matter.

So what little, inexpensive things might make the difference in getting that offer and not?

  •  Tour the outside of the home.  Pick up anything that is littering or cluttering the yard.  Even things like a lawn chair sitting in the wrong place can detract from the appeal.  Look at the yard as though you were pulling up, looking to buy a home.
  • Add a few flowers…especially here in the Houston area where our winters are not overly harsh, seasonal color can be a BIG advantage to feeling like home to a perspective buyer!
  • Are the gutters clean and properly attached?  If gutters are full of pine needles (a big issue around Houston) or other runoff debris OR if they are not attached securely, that can be a detraction from the appeal and speak to the potential buyer of “NEEDS WORK”.
  • Touch up paint where necessary.  It can make a huge impact!
  • Are the trees and shrubs trimmed and looking “work free”?  If they look like they need attention, that says to the potential buyer “NEEDS WORK”…once again, home buyers do NOT want to think about work when buying a home.  The home buyer that is thinking about work to be done is the buyer looking to get a deal because you DIDN’T do the work!



  • On the inside, we’re often warned to put away the “personal pictures” by every real estate show on TV but I rarely hear them mention the “S” word—SMELL.  If your home has overpowering odors (either good OR bad), it can instantly kill a buyer’s interest.  My wife in particular has the most senstive nose that I’ve ever seen and smell is everything to her.  As a former CHEMIST, my sense of smell isn’t as keen but who’s opinon on smell do you think we go on?  If your home smells clean and neutral, that is best.  Even strong deodorants, such as air freshner or things like Glade Plug-ins may be too strong an odor, even though they are pleasing to smell.
  • If you have smoked in the home, consider having the curtains and carpet cleaned, the walls painted and smoke outside until the home sells…remember your ultimate goal is to get SOLD!
  • Natural light is king when it comes to showing off your home…I know it’s a pain, but it isn’t expensive—WASH THE WINDOWS!
  • Minor settling cracks that are not indicative of structural damage can be repaired and painted and take one less question out of the buyer’s mind: Remember, the buyer doesn’t want to think “NEEDS WORK” unless they are also looking to hit upon a deal.
  • Consider a storage facility if you have a lot of furniture or even boxes that you are preparing to move.  A storage building can be had for a couple of hundred dollars for 6 months if need be but can make your home look a lot larger than your competition if you remove unneeded furniture, boxes …
  • To go along with the storage facility above, consider storing your offseason clothes off site from your home to make the closets appear as BIG as they can.  Buyers want to see SPACE so they can picture their things in place of yours…the less they have to think around YOUR stuff will help them to see their stuff in your former house!

 There are many things to make your home show off such as professional staging, landscape staging and other things, but these few items will put you ahead of the competition and cost very little!

If you are thinking of Selling your home in the Houston Area, please call me.  As a Real Estate Broker and listing specialist, I can help you get your home sold! 

About Ron Tarvin, Broker/Owner

Ron Tarvin is a Broker/Owner of Texas Choice Realty and has been a licensed real estate agent for over 10 years. Ron's experience goes beyond that of a real estate agent as an active investor out of state for several years before moving to the Houston area and becoming a licensed real estate agent and ultimately Broker. Ron lives in the Katy TX area with his wife of 129 years and two daughters (19 and off at college, and 8). While not having a ton of time for hobbys with two kids going every which direction, Ron does love the ocean, scuba, computers, games and tea parties with his 8 year old daughter! Texas Choice Realty was formed on the basis that real estate is LOCAL and most of the large companies that are selling real estate are doing so on a national and international set of rules. Texas Choice Realty was conceived to be light, quick and effective at selling in the LOCAL real estate market while still embracing technology and reaching out to the many people relocating to our area every year. Texas Choice was also formed with the agent in mind. Ron saw how much money the traditional brokers were charging agents that work hard for their money and thought that because of the localized focus and lower overhead, Texas Choice would attract HIGH QUALITY, HIGH PERFORMING agents who wanted complete control of their business to best serve their customers. Larger chains often do not consider the client, who is the home buyer or home seller, and what THEIR needs are. The agent, with Texas Choice Realty, is free to best meet the needs of their clients because, as a broker, I don't pretend to know what EACH client wants! It's a great situation as agents are happier and do more business and home buyers and home sellers get the BEST service possible!
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