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How To Prepare Your House for Sale.

If you didn't get your house ready in time for the the hot seller's market over the past few years you definitely missed out on those historical high prices and bidding war galore! Although the housing market has cooled down all over the country Austin, Texas is still a pretty sought after place to be. In some seller's markets, you can sell a home in lived-in condition without much complaint. But in normal markets or a buyer's market, repairs can make or break a sale.

This is a great time to bring in a realtor to help you figure out if renovations are a good idea to bring your house up to par with the neighborhood or whether you're better off selling the home as is, potentially at a slightly lower price point. Often, home upgrades don't provide a good return on investment, and potential buyers may prefer to pay less for the home and fix it up the way they want, rather than buy a newly renovated property that's not to their taste.

A real estate agent will help you find a good price for you home, but one good place to start is by looking at comparable homes in your neighborhood that have sold recently. You can also look at homes that are currently for sale and see what their asking prices are per square foot. Typically May is the month that brings the best premium for home sellers, followed by June, July, and April. Here in Austin spring is the best time to list your property.

House Jefe Staging Tips & Advice

1. Know your audience.

If you’re not sure about your audience, do some research on your farm area. Who lives there? What do they value?

2. Curb Appeal

Invest in getting your property pressure washed. Paint the front door and/or shutters a bright color, but make sure it coordinates well with the rest of the home’s colors.

Clean up the edging around flowerbeds and lay down fresh mulch. Fill in empty beds with small shrubs, seasonal flowers, and greenery.

Add a couple of chairs to your porch to expand your outdoor living space. Don’t forget to stage outdoor spaces like patios, backyards, or balconies.