Selling a Home As-is in Dallas and the Power of First Impressions: The Grapevine, Texas Home Remodeling Project
Our homes mean more to us than simply owning property—they have deep emotional meanings as well. That is why first impressions have so much weight in the real estate market. Homes come to mean stability—an anchor that keeps us rooted in a sometimes chaotic world. Buyers imagine what it’s like to live there 5, 10, and even 30 years down the line upon seconds of “meeting” their potential home.
Homes that are in as-is conditions are often in dire need of being renovated and fixed; otherwise, the first impression that it comes with says, “Don’t buy me, I have problems.” If you are selling a home as-is, in the Dallas area, but do not want to go through the tiresome hassle of creating the best first impression for your home or renovating and dealing with the real estate market, it’s best to sell your home to a company that will take your home as-is.
Recently, we had the pleasure of helping a man who was in the midst of a divorce and who just wanted a fresh start. For this recent project— on just the exterior alone— we completed the renovations on the: paint, garage door, front door, landscape, and backyard. Each step was a conscious choice that delicately balanced a home’s aesthetic quality with its practicality. The end result? An unforgettable first impression.
The Exterior is the Heart of the Home
The home’s exterior most often leads to an instant gut reaction. A buyer will think “yes” or “no” faster than your realtor’s ability to persuade them about the virtues of your home. Creating a great first impression is half the marketing battle —it all starts with the home’s exterior.
An Exterior Repaint Can Result in a Powerful Personality Makeover
The home that we purchased came with dark brick walls that had the effect of dampening one’s spirits. As humans, we tend to be psychologically affected by colors. For that reason, dark colors can often be detrimental to a sale. By painting the entire exterior with a brighter and more neutral tone, the home appeared optimistic, friendly, and welcoming—enough to pique buyers’ curiosity to take a look inside.
Selling a Home as-is in Dallas— Garages are an Important Accessory to the Home
Long gone are the days when having an impeccable garage was considered unnecessary. Part of the reason why garages are so important is because homeowners value them as vital storage spaces; they keep your car, your lawn mower, various tools, and mother miscellaneous items safe. Garages can even be another space outside the home where someone can retreat to. If you are selling your home as-is in Dallas, it’s important to realize that your garage needs as much of a makeover as the rest of your home.
The Unsightly Garage Door was a Deal-breaker
The garage door that this home came with was slightly bent in a few places which could be seen even from a distance— this gave the house a rough look and took away from its natural charm. We replaced the garage door with an entirely new one. Giving the home a new garage door gave the house an added brightness and an air of importance that perfectly matched the home’s exterior repaint.
It’s The Little Details That Counts
A home’s exterior paint and its garage door are usually the most obvious things to fix. But there are other details worth paying attention to which usually go unnoticed. Imagine coming home from a rough day at work. As you walk up to the front door, do you sigh with relief or do you remain downcast? Surprisingly, it all depends on the small details.
A home’s exterior paint and its garage door are usually the most obvious things to fix. But there are other details worth paying attention to yet they usually go unnoticed. Imagine coming home from a rough day at work. As you walk up to the front door do you sigh with relief or do you remain downcast? Surprisingly, it all depends on the small details.
We Replaced The Windows And Door Because We Found That These Were The Details That Should Not Be Overlooked
The front door that the house came with had an outdated design. Buyers expect something modern so we delivered on that promise by replacing it with a strong, sleek, and elegant look. Similarly, the windows were old and so had to be replaced. We don’t like to leave any stone unturned and these two changes made a dramatic difference.
We Landscaped the Front Lawn Because We Knew that When Selling a Home As-is in Dallas, It Can Make or Break the Home’s Curb Appeal
It is best to keep the house tidy and well maintained—this goes all the way down to the home’s front lawn. An overgrown lawn with weeds screams problems. Buyers would think, “Well, what else could be wrong with the house?” It’s helpful to a sale to steer buyers away from that train of thought. We took out the weeds and put in fresh new grass of one of the best seed varieties. We wanted to challenge the notion that the, “grass is greener on the other side.”
Backyard Getaway From the City Life
The backyard is the behind the scenes area where one can lounge alone with a glass of wine or have barbecues with close friends during the weekend. It is a place where only a few eyes have the privilege of seeing—which is why it’s important to make the most use of this intimate space.
We Did a Complete Reside of the Exterior of the Property
When you approach the home’s exterior from the backyard, you can see that there are two French doors on the house. One of the doors had initially led to the master bedroom. When the interior remodel was finished, that door ended up being an entry to the master bedroom’s closet instead of the bedroom. We ended up taking that door out completely because it became unnecessary. Unfortunately, because the house was extremely outdated in design, our contractor was not able to find the same siding to match the rest of the house.
We had to completely renovate the exterior of the house from the back by putting in brand new siding of a soft neutral color. The final outcome was that you’d never guess that a door was there in the first place. We also placed some slate on the ground to give it a personal touch. If you were to enter their home from the backyard through the master bedroom, you would be greeted by “a welcome home” ambiance that is as strong as the front entrance.
We Didn’t Want the Backyard to Feel Empty
For this house, we fixed the broken fence so that not only was it useful, it was also decorative. We also put in new grass so that it appeared tidy and well-maintained. A sleek fence and fresh grass tend to be the necessary foundation that makes a backyard feel complete. This backyard was large and it would have been a poor use of space if we hadn’t insisted on taking care of these small details. Imagine feeling comfortable enough to venture out into the backyard and walk barefoot for a little while– bliss.
A New Deck was Placed to Take Advantage of the Greenbelt
We put in a new deck in the backyard which was looking too crowded. We were able to give that area more room and walking space. The deck was made of flagstone and crushed granite which gave it a modern and clean look. The deck walks back to a nice green area where the greenbelt is and can be a mini getaway from a busy routine. The new deck makes the backyard alluring to those who want to just kick back their shoes and relax from the city life. By renovating the backyard, we made sure this important area was not overlooked, that a beautiful scenery was just a couple steps away.
When a man came to us hoping to sell a home as-is in Dallas, we saw that the home came with a bad first impression. Most buyers would not want to buy that house. By making the following renovations, we were able to stunningly transform the home— it went from having a first impression that was not ready for the market to having a first impression that was enticing and competitive.
It took months to complete the renovations because we wanted to make sure that we left no stone unturned when it came to details—large and small. Wait until you get a look inside the house, where we made renovations to the home’s interior. Remember, a house’s first impression goes for the inside as well.
A Stunning Interior Transformation that is Breathtaking in Every Aspect
A potential buyer can feel elated when you introduce them to a home that has a beautiful exterior. Yet, these positive emotions can disappear in an instant if the home’s interior fails to satisfy.
For the home’s interior remodel, we made sure to pay attention to all the intricate details throughout the entire home. From adding a HVAC vent to the kitchen to creating an entire spa-inspired bathroom from scratch, we made sure to maximize the beauty of every space.
The Stylish Living Room Transformation
Sometimes we have to directly address the big problems before getting into design. In this case, we had inherited a water-damaged living room with destroyed flooring materials. There were large patches of missing floorboards right at the center of the room— it was an eye sore. With its damaged floorboards and with the electricity not in, the living room was barely functional.
A Beautiful New Hardwood Floor to Suit Any Taste
We replaced the entire floor with new hardwood material. When you choose a hardwood flooring for a home, you can’t go wrong, they have a natural charm to them that pleases almost any taste. A satin finish was the perfect finishing touch. Imagine walking into this living room as the sunlight enters through the window— the rays bounce off the floors in just the right way where it leaves the room looking bright, fresh, and invigorating.
Repainting The Fireplace: The Psychology Behind White Colors
Colors can have a powerful effect on a person’s mood and even alter one’s perspective towards a home. We implemented the strategy of understanding the powerful use of colors for the interior as well. For example, on the far corner of the living room, there was a fireplace with red brick walls. We decided to paint the fireplace white because it had achieved two purposes: 1) The color white made the living room appear more spacious 2) It had also given the room a nice ambiance. Small details such as what colors to use can dramatically enhance an entire room– we made sure to use this to our advantage.
Kitchen Renovation: From Drab to Glamour
Believe it or not, the kitchen can be a space for inspiration. Whether you are brewing a cup of coffee before quickly heading to work, or cooking up an indulgent dinner for you and your family, the kitchen is the all important area where incredible moments can happen.
Imagine excitedly planning a cooking party when your relatives are in town, or having a peaceful morning all to yourself as you sip on your fresh brewed coffee, or coming home from a trip to the grocery store and happily stocking your kitchen with fresh produce. A gorgeous kitchen will inspire you, to well, do more.
A beautiful kitchen can lead to a more active and social lifestyle. A run-down kitchen will do quite the opposite. It will leave you feeling uninspired and even drained.
A lusterless kitchen can appear ordinary but when renovated just right, it can be transformed into an extraordinary space. For this kitchen renovation project, we made sure that the kitchen would be captivating and awe-inspiring.
An Inspiring Custom Design: Wood Cabinets, Granite Counter Tops, New Faucet, and New Tiles
Stock items feel and look boring. Yet, taking the extra step to customize your kitchen can end up costing you an extra hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.
Thankfully, we have the resources to be able to indulge in design.
- Beautiful Custom Wood Cabinets that Blend Traditional with Modern
The cabinets in this kitchen are of a very specific material that cannot be found in home improvement retailing companies such as Home Depot. The wooden cabinets expertly intertwines a hearty traditional look with a more modern one. They have a beautiful surface and have a smooth way of opening and closing. They are simply eye catching.
- Granite Kitchen Countertops with a Rustic Charm
Deciding on a material for your kitchen countertop can involve dozens of micro-decisions– there are simply too many combinations of material and color to choose from. Because we’ve been doing this for years, we can complete the task most efficiently. We chose granite countertops for the kitchen remodel because they have a rustic charm while remaining modern.
- Walnut Colored Kitchen Tiles
Similarly, we added the tiles of a gorgeous geometric design to the walls in order to add more dynamism to the kitchen. Notice the beautiful markings of the tiles and the walnut colored undertones that beautifully match cabinets.
- A Sleek and Strong Curved Faucet
For the faucet, we chose a strong modern design with a curved neck to give it a more elegant touch. The type of faucets you include in your kitchen are important. These days, faucets are treated as decorations. An outdated faucet will undermine the rest of the kitchen.
If You Are Selling a Home As-is in Dallas, It Can Be Easy to Overlook the Important Details Such as Missing HVAC Vents
For the kitchen, we added HVAC vents that were not originally there. Missing HVAC vents can easily get overlooked but they make a big impact. HVAC vents are crucial for maintaining the quality of air in your home. They help regulate temperature, remove odors and dust, replenish oxygen amongst other things.
We kept in mind that kitchens are used quite frequently by the average person— most people use their kitchen at least twice a day. With daily use of the kitchen, within months, and even weeks, it’s likely that there will be a lot of leftover “cooking debris” in the form of odors, smoke, and possibly some airborne bacteria. That is why it’s so important not to overlook the small details such as missing HVAC vents because they affect the quality of life of those who will come to live there.
If you are selling your home as-is in Dallas, you probably wouldn’t even know what to do with a missing HVAC vent. Leave the details up to us, we know what to do from the get go.
Luxurious Bathroom Makeover
Many of the homes in Dallas, Texas have been built in the 1980s and hence tended to be outdated in design. For this home in particular, the bathrooms had not employed the best use of space. Needless to say, the bathrooms felt crowded and uncomfortable. We wanted the bathrooms to look luxurious, almost as if one was venturing into a mini spa.
We added a cool stone template for the floor of the bathroom showers and added marble and granite tops for the sinks.
We added polished brown cabinets with saturated hues that paired nicely with silver framed bathroom mirrors. Sometimes the bathroom is the all important space that we visit first thing in the morning and then at night when we retire for the day– it deserves to look and feel special.
A Customized Bedroom Makeover
New Plugs, Outlets, and Switches
We replaced all the outlets, plugs and switches to brand new ones.
Plugs, switches, and outlets may not be very noticeable, but if they are outdated, they can lead to frustration when attempting to plug in your devices. One may have a smartphone, a laptop, or some other devices that needs charging. On some nights, it may feel especially relieving to retire to one’s bedroom to watch some television. Everything will be working properly because we took time to take care of these important details.
Pinewood Base For the Floor
We added beautiful pinewood– a luxury base material– for the base of the bedrooms homes. The added pinewood base for the floor made the bedrooms look sleek, strong, bright, and beautiful.
Our Commitment to You
We are committed to paying attention to all the intricate details of any given room when remodeling a home. You’d be surprised about the cumulative impact these details can have on the resale value of the home. Additionally, the home’s ambiance can transform dramatically so that it goes from feeling ordinary or foreign to feeling comforting and elegant. We remodel each home so that they truly stick out as being one of a kind.
We can do proper renovations to any home so that it can easily sell on the real estate marketplace. If you are looking to sell your home in Dallas, Texas, contact us today!