When you’re deciding to sell your house, you might be wondering what your home is worth. It’s important to work with an agent to determine an appropriate list price and guide you through the process. Here are some of the factors that go into your home’s list price.
Factors like crime rate, access to public transportation, and proximity to schools & grocery stores can have a big impact on your home’s value.
Where you live in the neighborhood also matters. Do you live on a busy corner? Or close to railroad tracks or a highway? These are things that may not be ideal for some potential buyers.
The location also plays a role in determining comparable sales that your agent will pull for their comparative market analysis.
Is your home well-maintained or is it a fixer-upper? Updated homes in top condition can catch more attention on the market than homes that have outdated features. Buyers may view bathroom or kitchen renovations as deal-breakers, especially if there are other areas of the house that need to be updated, too.
The home’s condition has a major impact on its value – and some buyers will pay up to $15,000 more for a well-maintained home. It’s absolutely feasible to sell a home that needs some work, but you must factor that into your list price and expectations.
Improvements & updates
If you’ve renovated your kitchen, updated your bathrooms, or added on square footage, it can add to your home’s value. In its 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) found that the majority of remodeling projects that buyers desire only offer a return of between 40-83% for the seller.
In recent years, buyers have been increasingly interested in home offices and outdoor living spaces. If you’ve added (or updated) either of these things in your home, it may attract more buyers and add to your home’s value.
Prices of nearby recently sold homes
When you first meet with your agent, they’ll likely bring a comparative market analysis. This is an analysis of the recently closed sales in your area and compares them to your home in order to determine a list price.
Your agent may advise a different listing strategy depending on the market.
In a buyer’s market, there are more homes on the market than there are buyers. Sellers may have to drop list prices to attract interest. In this case, it’s more common to make concessions to get the deal done.
In a seller’s market, there are more buyers than homes. This can lead to bidding wars, buyers waiving contingencies, and homes that go for higher than the list price.
Work with an agent
With the assistance of a top-rated agent, you’ll be ready to set the right price for your home.
Team Melton has over 50 combined years of real estate experience to assist you through every step of the process. Contact us today to get started on selling your home!