3 Easy Updates that Add Value to Your Home

Before you decide to officially put your house up on the market, you’ll want to do everything you can to try and raise the value. Investing in home improvements can be a way to do this; however, larger home improvements are often time-consuming and costly, even if they can result in a bump in value. Fortunately, there are still a few minor updates that you can make that could add value as well. The following are three easy updates that will add value to your property:

  1. Add a fresh coat of paint – A fresh coat of paint can help make a space look brighter and newer. This can be very helpful if you have an older home and your exterior paint job is beginning to fade. You can also add a new coat to your interior walls and even to your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  2. Replace old fixtures and hardware – Fixtures, like your bathroom and kitchen faucets, can have a big impact on the visual look of a space despite their small size. Upgrade to nicer fixtures and consider updating the hardware (doorknobs and drawer handles) throughout your home as well.
  3. Improve your landscape – Your exterior plays a big part in convincing homebuyers to come take a look inside. Make sure that at the very least you hire a landscaper to trim your bushes, cut your grass, and clear your yard. Consider adding flowers to add a punch of color to your landscape that will make it stand out.

These are three easy updates that will improve your home’s value without taking too long or costing an arm and a leg.

How to Calculate Your Offer Price – Getting it Right

There are few things as exciting in life as finally finding the perfect home for you and your family. However, the sticker price on the house you’re looking to buy isn’t set in stone. Immediately submitting an offer that matches the sticker price is usually not a good idea, especially if there aren’t any other interested buyers. You’ll want to submit a bid that the seller hopefully deems appropriate.

Getting Your Bid Right

Figuring out the right amount to bid is very important. You won’t want to overbid since you’ll want to save as much as you can on the house. Some properties may be overvalued by their owners, which means that even a bid that’s below sticker price may be too high. However, you won’t want to underbid either — if you bid too low, the seller won’t take you seriously and may even be insulted. The following are a few tips for determining how much you should bid:

  1. Figure out the market – You’ll have more room to negotiate if it’s a buyer’s market than if it’s a seller’s market.
  2. Look at comparable homes – Find out how much similar homes in the same area have sold for in the past six months.
  3. Look at sales trends – Find out if real estate in the area has been sold under, at, or above the list price in the past six months.
  4. Look into the seller’s situation – How long has the house been on the market? Does the seller need to move immediately? These impact their willingness to go below sticker price. Additionally, if they’re still paying off a mortgage, then they won’t go below a certain price.

Use these tips to calculate your offer price. To make sure you get your offer price right, work with a real estate agent by contacting us at Randy Lindsay today.

4 Tips for Selling Your Home from Another State

Selling a home from out of state can be a challenge; unfortunately, it’s not always a choice. For example, maybe you had to relocate right away for work and haven’t been able to sell your house yet–or maybe you were bequeathed the property of a deceased relative. Whatever the reason might be, the following are four tips to help you sell your home from another state:

  1. Prepare the house – If you were left the property by a relative, then you’ll want to visit the home in person in order to organize and remove belongings, especially those that might have some value. You’ll want to make sure the house isn’t cluttered as well. If you have to, you might want to consider renting a storage unit. If the house was always yours, then you’ll want to make sure it’s staged. Empty houses make a poor impression on sellers.

  2. Price the house properly – If you want to sell your house quickly, make sure it’s priced properly. Overpricing it will make it difficult to sell.

  3. Have a point of contact – Have someone that can check in on your house regularly and that can provide access to the house to potential buyers or to your real estate agent. They can also help prepare the house for sale.

  4. Use a local real estate agent – You’ll want to work with a real estate agent local to the area that can help you price the home properly, prepare it for sale, and attract motivated buyers as well as show the house on your behalf.

These four tips will help make it easier to sell a home out of state. If you’re selling a house from out of state in the Charlotte area, then be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay for professional real estate advice.

The Lowdown on Home Warranties – How Can They Benefit a Home-Buyer?

If you’re buying an existing home that wasn’t recently built, then you might want to consider looking for a seller that offers a home warranty (or requesting that the seller offer a home warranty). Buying a house is a huge investment. A home warranty can not only help protect your investment, but it can also provide you with peace of mind.

What does a home warranty cover?

A home warranty doesn’t cover damage done to the house itself. Homeowner’s insurance will cover that. Instead, a home warranty will cover the home’s major components, such as plumbing systems, HVAC equipment, electrical systems, and major appliances (such as refrigerators and washers and dryers). A home warranty will usually cover the cost of replacement or repairs to one of these components should anything go wrong with them.

While not usually necessary for new homes that have brand new systems and appliances installed, a home warranty is a good idea for older homes that have older and potentially outdated appliances and equipment. Repairing or replacing such equipment can end up being quite expensive without a warranty, and it’s not something that most homeowners want to pay for having just spent a significant amount of money on their down payment and closing costs.

A home warranty is purchased by the owner (seller) of the house and is an agreement between the owner and the warranty provider. The warranty provider will generally have an agreement with an approved service provider. This means that if something breaks down, you would call your warranty provider and they would send one of its service providers to inspect the issue.

If you’re buying an older home, a home warranty can be very beneficial. For more professional home buying advice, be sure to reach out to us at Randy Lindsay today.

Does Installing a Pool Add Value to Your Home?

If you plan on selling your home in the not too distant future, you might be thinking about investing in a few home improvements. Certain home improvements can help increase the overall quality of life in your home as well as increase your home value. However, not all home improvements automatically increase the value of your property. Take the installation of a pool for instance. Installing a pool could help add value to your home, but it could also hurt the value. How it affects your property value is dependent on a variety of factors. It’s why you should consider the pros and cons of installing a pool:

The Benefits of Installing a Pool

If your home is located in a higher end neighborhood and all of the surrounding homes have pools, then adding a pool to your home is likely going to raise the value. Obviously, the climate you live in will have a big impact as well. Fortunately, here in the Charlotte area, summers can get quite hot and a pool will be a nice feature for owners to have.

The Drawbacks of Installing a Pool

First of all, a pool is expensive to install. If you’re looking for projects that will result in a high ROI, there are better home improvement options. Secondly, properties with pools make insurance more expensive due to the liability involved. Last, but not least, a pool can be very expensive to maintain.

Essentially, installing a pool makes sense if you already have an expensive house in a high-end neighborhood. Otherwise, the pool could turn away buyers who don’t want to deal with the expense involved with maintaining a pool and paying for increased insurance premiums. For more home selling tips in the Charlotte area, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.


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