Question: Our kids are grown and have moved away, and we no longer have any use for our backyard pool. We’d prefer to stop paying for its upkeep and get rid of it altogether. Do people do that? Answer: Yes, they do. But just filling the pool with a couple dump-truck loads of dirt is
Question: I understand the concept of curb appeal, but I don’t want to spend the money to have my house entirely repainted. What else can I do to make it look good? Answer: You know what they say about getting just one chance to make a first impression, right? Curb appeal is very important. It’s
Question: We’re thinking of adding a swimming pool to our backyard. Will that add to or detract from its appeal when we sell the house? Answer: It depends on the market. If half or more of the homes in the neighborhood have a pool, then it’s a positive thing. And for buyers with teenagers, a
Question: Our house needs to be painted before we put it on the market. What wall colors do homebuyers like most? Answer: It pains us to say so – because we personally love strong and bold colors – but neutrals are usually best when a home is put on the market. Neutral colors allow buyers
Question: We are looking at an older home in The Heights. The owner has a survey, but it’s more than 20 years old. Do we need to spend money on a new survey before closing? Answer: Yes. In Texas, buyers should always pay to have a new survey of their own made, especially in neighborhoods
Question: I was lucky during Hurricane Harvey, and I didn’t take any water into my house. Does this mean my property value will go up? Answer: This question and those many questions related to it – e.g. My house flooded. Is it worth rebuilding? – are on everyone’s mind right now. See Cameron’s article for
Editor’s note: Do we get questions! Whether one is listing a home for sale or looking to buy a new home, everybody seems to have questions about the real estate process. Well, we’re here to answer your questions, assuage your worries and point you in the right direction. Introducing our new feature, Ask the Agents.