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The Hometown Team LogoWhen you are buying or selling a house, you need someone you can trust by your side. Carol Knott and her team of real estate agents can help you find the right home for you, or sell your home. The Hometown Team understands the housing market in Spring, TX, and the surrounding areas, and we can go the extra mile to help you, whether you are looking to sell or to buy.

In this blog, we will be publishing interesting and informative content covering real estate topics ranging from how-to articles, the information you need to know before purchasing or selling your home, what to look for in a new home, and more. If you are looking to sell your home, buy a house, or are simply interested in real estate, you should subscribe. We will be writing new content on a regular basis, so you don’t want to miss out!

Put your trust in a Hometown Team, who understands your needs. In addition to our listings, we are happy to include real estate updates, identify useful home buying tips and other techniques used to sell your property. Carol, Kristine, and Naheshae are ready to assist you with your real estate needs when you call us at 866-960-6819.

Tips for Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal

beautiful home with blue sidingYour home’s curb appeal is what draws buyers to your home, so you need to make sure your home’s exterior is in top shape. Here are a few ways that you can improve your home’s curb appeal significantly without breaking the bank.

Upgrade Your Front Door

The entryway is one of the first things a buyer sees, so make sure your front door looks inviting. You can either put a fresh coat of paint on your existing front door or upgrade to a new one. You will be surprised at just how big a difference this can make.

Overhaul Your Lawn

Bare spots and weeds on your lawn will detract from your home’s curb appeal, so make sure you take care of any lawn issue you may have. Neatly trim your trees, hedges, and shrubs, and hire a lawn service to overhaul your lawn. Neat, well-manicured landscaping does wonders for curb appeal.

Window Shutters

Adding new window shutters is an inexpensive way to give your home’s exterior a facelift before you sell it.

Exterior Lighting Fixtures and Other Small Upgrades

Install a new porch light, door handle, and mailbox to quickly update your home’s exterior hardware. Just a few small tweaks are enough to make a significant impact on your house’s appearance.

When you need to sell your home, call our real estate agent in The Woodlands, TX, at 866-960-6819 today.

Small Kitchen Lighting Upgrades to Help Sell Your Home

modern kitchenThe kitchen can be a deal breaker or a deal maker when it comes to selling your home. If you are trying to figure out which areas of your home to upgrade, any good real estate agent will tell you that buyers are most interested in the kitchen and bathroom – so it pays to upgrade these rooms first. One of the simplest yet effective upgrades you make in the kitchen is to change out your lighting.

Upgrade to LED

Upgrade your current lighting fixtures with LED bulbs to boost your wattage and increase energy efficiency. Choose an LED temperature that is not too white and not too soft to provide a pleasant glow. This will make your kitchen brighter and more inviting.

Add Recessed Lighting

If you have an older home, you likely have one ceiling fixture located in the center of the room. Replace it with recessed lighting to create a more even wash of light in your kitchen. In a larger kitchen, you can separate your recessed lighting into zones that can be turned on and off independently for customizable illumination.

Install Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting is prevalent in modern kitchen design because they are decorative and functional. They bring the light source closer to your work surface, thereby providing efficient task lighting as well. Place two to three pendants over your kitchen island for a trendy, modern look.

When you are looking to sell your home, put your trust in our real estate broker in Spring, TX. Our team will work hard to help you sell your house when you reach out to us at 866-960-6819.

Remodeling Ideas to Help Sell Your Home – Pt. 2

painting equipment and paint swatchesIn our last post, we shared three home remodeling projects that add value to your home and get you the most significant return on investment when you sell your home. Here are three more ways you can improve your home before the sale:

Fixtures

Installing new fixtures and hardware on cabinets go a long way towards refreshing your kitchen and bathroom. This is an easy DIY upgrade that you can do in an afternoon and is worth the investment.

New Paint

You will be surprised at how much a new coat of paint transforms your home. Choose neutral hues with universal appeal. Avoid dark colors that can make a room look small and cramped. Brighter paint colors reflect light and make your home feel cheerful and reflect light to make the space seem larger.

Focus on the Buyer’s Taste

Everyone has their own personal style when it comes to home décor. Our advice is to throw your personal style out the window – for now. When selling your home, pay attention to current trends and select styles that will appeal to your buyers, even if you aren’t a fan.

Are you looking for homes for sale in The Woodlands, TX, or perhaps a capable agent to help sell your home? Call Carol Knott and The Hometown Team today at 866-960-6819.

Remodeling Ideas to Help Sell Your Home – Pt. 1

homeowner measuring cabinetsWhen you are preparing to sell your home, you may want to do some small remodeling projects. Sprucing up your home will make it more attractive to buyers which can sell your home faster and get you a higher price. Not all remodels are creating equally, however. These projects will likely get you the best return on investment:

Focus on the Kitchen and Bathroom

The kitchen and bathroom are arguably the most important rooms in your home. They are also the most likely to be a deal-break or deal-maker for home buyers. If you are going to spend your hard-earned cash on a remodeling project, it is best spent here. A buyer does not want to spend the time and money necessary to remodel an ugly kitchen or bathroom, but they will forgive in other areas.

Countertops

When you are remodeling your kitchen and bathroom, consider replacing the countertops. These are very visible to buyers and can help seal the deal for your home. Natural stone and quartz countertops are almost universally appealing and can make any room look instantly more luxurious.

Cabinets

When choosing remodeling projects to sell your home, you should focus on the most noticeable areas. Cabinets are at eye level, so they will not escape the attention of the buyers. You don’t need to run out and replace your cabinets, however. If they are in reasonable condition, a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware will make them look new.

These are just three remodeling projects that add value to your home and attract buyers. In our next post, we’ll show you more ways to increase your home’s value. Contact The Hometown Team, today when you are ready to sell your home.

Essential Tips for Buying a New Home

happy couple in front of their new homeBuying a new home can be both challenging and fun. Here are some essential tips to help you prepare:

Make a Realistic Budget – The first thing you need to do before you even begin browsing the real estate listings is set a budget. Be realistic. Depending on where you are moving, you will need to factor in your new cost of living and new wages if you are changing jobs. Take into account the cost it will take to move, relocation fees, the cost of a mortgage, and how much you can get for your current home.

Secure a Mortgage First – Once you’ve nailed down your budget, secure a mortgage. Mortgages can take a long time to be approved, so getting preapproved can be a huge help. It may even help you beat out competing offers on a home.

Make a Wish List – Keeping your budget in mind, make a list of features you want to see in your new home. Include things like number of bedrooms and bathrooms, a yard, parking, size of the kitchen, or anything else you want your ideal home to have.

Check out the Neighborhood – Locate schools and other things you need to be close to and find a neighborhood that works for you. It also pays to check out the average real estate prices and crime rates for your desired area.

Get a Qualified Real Estate Agent – Working with the experienced real estate agents at The Hometown Team can increase your chances of finding your dream home. Let The Hometown Team, show you homes for sale in Sprint, TX and the surrounding areas today. Contact us at 866-960-6819.

How to Choose the Best Neighborhood for Your Family

young family with children sitting outside of homeIf you’re searching for a new house, you probably have a lengthy checklist of all the things you want from your potential new home. One important thing to keep in mind when you are searching is that you are purchasing more than a house – you’re buying into a neighborhood. Here is a guide to selecting the perfect community for your family.

Ask Questions

Your real estate agent is here to help you find the perfect home. Ask them plenty of questions about each neighborhood so you can get a good idea of what you’re moving into. Here are some examples of questions to ask:

  • What schools are nearby?
  • Is it a quiet or busy area?
  • Are there parks?
  • Is it close to restaurants and shopping?
  • Is this a new development or an older neighborhood?
  • Is there a tight-knit community or does everyone keep to themselves?
  • Are there amenities within walking distance?

You know what is best for your family, so use your agent's answers to these questions to decide where you should move.

Check Crime Rates

Check the crime statistics for your potential new neighborhood. You can find this information easily online. It is also worth noting if there are community crime watch programs in place.

Drive Around

 The best way to get a feel for an area is to drive around in it. You will be able to get a feel for the neighborhood and decide if your family will fit in there or not.

When you are looking for a new home put your trust in a The Hometown Team, who has your family’s best interests in mind. Contact the Hometown Team today!

Tips to Attract Buyers to Your Open House

for sale sign in front of homeThe real estate market is competitive, and there are a lot of homes for sale in The Woodlands, TX, so how do you get buyers to look at your home? One the best ways you can attract attention to your home is with an open house. Here are a few ways to get the word out:

Social Media – One of the most effective ways to advertise these days is through social media, and real estate is no exception. It often costs less than other methods of advertising, so be sure to take full advantage of it. Your agent may already be taking advantage of social media to advertising their listings, so be sure to ask.

Print – Surprisingly, many people still read the real estate section in the local paper. Placing an ad here can get your listing in front of plenty of eyes, and some newspapers also have an online real estate page where you can advertise. You should also place flyers around your neighborhood, and on bulletin boards in local businesses if they will allow it.

Online – Your agent will likely add your listing and open house on websites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.org.

Working with the right agent can make a big difference when selling your home. Agents like Carol Knott at The Hometown Team know how to take advantage of the most effective advertising techniques. When you are looking to sell your home, contact The Hometown Team at 866-960-6819.