Moving can be stressful, especially if that includes selling your house and buying a new one. With the average time in many markets to sell your house being between 6 and 12 months, trying to coordinate selling your house with buying a new one can prove extremely difficult. And with the average 3-bedroom home selling for around $200,000, you want to make sure that you’re getting the most money out of your current house, while keeping it reasonable enough to stay attractive on the market. Luckily, there are quite a few technological upgrades to increase your home’s appeal to buyers.
Make Your House Smart
According to a study from Coldwell Banker’s, most home buyers want smart-home technology included with the house. For around $1,000, you can drastically increase the attractiveness of your house. Here are some of the best items to invest in:
- Smart Thermostats
- Video Doorbells
- Smart Door Locks
- Smart Smoke Detectors
- Smart Lights
On top of these, it might not be a bad idea to integrate some sort of AI assistant into the offer, to control all of the above.
Tech Up Your Home Efficiency
One of the main expenses of homeownership is utilities. This can include electric, heat, water, trash removal, and sewer. Ensuring the equipment that runs these utilities are up to date and won’t cause any issues can increase the value to a potential buyer.
Installing solar panels is another great way to decrease future electric bills and increase the value of the house. With 1.3 million solar installations in the United States, these are starting to become fairly common. While installing solar panels may cost a decent amount out of pocket, they last for quite some time. Some solar panels have been known to produce renewable energy for more than 30 years. These can dramatically increase the value of the house because of the many tax benefits, lower electric bills, and ecological impact.
Don’t Neglect Your Online Listing
In the age of technology, 44% of buyers start their hunt for houses online. Hiring a professional photographer can greatly increase the attractiveness of your listing through higher quality photos. On top of this, make sure to tidy up the house, remove any worn-out furniture, and set the table. You could even go as far as hiring a professional staging company to help make the house look pristine.
While selling your house may be stressful, investing a little time, effort, and money can make a huge impact on the attractiveness of your house. Investing in technology for your home could help it sell quicker and increase the money you end up making on the deal.