It doesn’t matter how perfect your home is—if your listing photos don’t stand out, potential buyers won’t come by to take a look. In our series “Lessons From Listing Photos,” we dissect the smart updates sellers have made to their homes, and how their listing pictures highlight the home’s best assets.
When the previous owners of this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Houston stumbled upon it, they knew they had found a diamond in the rough. And by rough, we mean rough.
The house, built in 1929, was partly gutted, and what was left was dated and in disrepair. But the house’s run-down state didn’t hinder the previous owners from seeing its potential. Plus, it’s located in a desirable (and seriously cute) neighborhood that’s just outside downtown.
So they took a leap and purchased the home for $89,000 in 2011. Over the next nine years, they really put in the work. When they listed the home in September 2020, it sold for $479,900. Talk about a gain!
So yes, dramatic returns on investment are possible—and the process doesn’t necessarily have to drag on for the better part of a decade. We tapped our team of experts to find out what these owners did that made this transformation such a success, and how you can pull off a similar feat.
The front of this home has gone from dreary to bright, warm, and welcoming.
Natasha Nicolaou, owner of NatNico Designs, a Boston-based interior design and home-staging company, says these images embody everything a…