Advice for Consumers

What to update before selling your house

Should you replace your laminate counters with granite before selling or just repair the burn marks? What about your leaking gutters? There's the outdated wallpaper in the hall bathroom, exterior paint that's peeling, and a window that sticks, too.

Deciding what to do about conditions like these can be difficult. On one hand, granite counters are expensive. On the other, laminate may turn off buyers who can choose from nearby homes with granite counters. Whether you'll get your money back on upgrades and repairs is one consideration. But some repairs and remodeling projects may make your home enticing to potential buyers.

How do you know whether to tackle a pre-sale project or leave things as is? Talk with a REALTOR®. He or she can give you guidance on what pays off. A REALTOR® has a finger on the pulse of what buyers are looking for in your neighborhood, how much they are paying for certain types of amenities, and how much interest properties similar to yours are generating. You will be able to discuss how the options fit your time frame and price expectations. And that can save you from making a decision you'll later regret.

4 signs the home you’re considering might need a foundation evaluation

While kitchen countertops, flooring, and bathroom fixtures might be top of mind during your home tour, you should also consider the foundation. Foundation problems can be costly, and difficult to address. Here are four signs that could indicate foundation trouble:

  • Cracks in a home’s walls—especially around doors, windows, or corners—can indicate foundation damage.
  • Doors and windows that don’t properly align can indicate foundation damage that has become more severe.
  • If there are indications that water is moving under or toward a home’s foundation, there may be ongoing damage occurring.
  • A chimney separating from the home might be a problem with the chimney itself or could indicate foundation issues.

Even if you don't see any of these signs on your tour, it's always wise to have a professional home inspection to identify potential problems with a property. Learn more about these tips at permapier.com.

What is a Texas REALTOR®?

Not all real estate agents are REALTORS®.

Only those who agree to abide by a code of ethics that goes beyond what the law requires may join the Texas Association of REALTORS®.

Read the REALTOR® Code of Ethics

Texas REALTORS® do more than help you buy and sell real estate

They protect the rights of property owners. They fight proposals that would increase the burdens on buying, selling, and owning real estate. And they bring property-owners’ concerns to the Legislature, regulatory agencies, and local authorities.

Learn more about how Texas REALTORS®  can help you