If you’re going to be selling your home, we know what you want to know: How much is it worth?!
Well, we can help you figure that out with a CMA if you’d like, but before we get that detailed, you should know a few things that will help increase your home’s value. Now we also know that you don’t want to break the bank, so we’re not talking about huge kitchen remodels or anything like that. These are relatively cheap fixes/upgrades that will really help you sell your home for more!
In part 1, we’re going to focus on energy efficiency and for good reason. Energy costs can be one of the biggest monthly expenses for homeowners. Why not take advantage of the increasing technology for energy efficiency and making yourself more appealing to potential buyers in the process?
Purchase Programmable Thermostats
One of the biggest expenses on a monthly basis in any home is heating and cooling. Energy costs are on the rise, and you’ll want to control the amount of energy that you expend from day to day. One of the easiest ways to do this is with a programmable thermostat. Think about the times that you really need your AC or Heat cranking full blast. If you go to work and the kids are in school, no need to keep your house at 72 degrees. Likewise, when you’re sleeping you can change the temperature to use less energy, but get it ready for when you wake back up. Potential buyers will love it!
Now, this might not be so inexpensive if you live in a modern home with floor-to-ceiling windows, but most homes can look brand new with some great blinds or plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are HUGE right now. Not only do they look great, but they aren’t crazy expensive and they can really help block out the sun and help you regulate the temperature inside your home, which makes our first tip even easier!
Gutter Trick for Pool Maintenance
For those of you who have your own pool, you know how crazy it can get in South Florida to keep the water levels in your pool just right. Forget about putting the hose in there and turning it on (especially if you forget that you did it..then you’ll be dealing with a flood!).
Instead, you can use nature’s water for free! If you use this inexpensive attachment (click here) your gutters to runoff into your pool you can use rain to maintain the levels. If the water gets too high, just point the gutters away. Super cheap…and it will save you money in the long run since you aren’t wasting your well/city water.
Solar Pool Heaters
Solar pool heaters are relatively inexpensive (maybe a few hundred dollars) and can save you a great deal of money each year. They can be unobtrusive and in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Counties (which are almost under constant sunshine), they can be very effective!
Modernize Your Outlets
This is the most commonly overlooked aspect of any home, especially in older houses. Many people don’t realize how important electrical outlets can be, not only to your energy usage, but also to your safety!
GFCI Outlets are grounded outlets that you commonly find in rooms that have water (bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry rooms). They are designed to kill electric output if it increases over a certain voltage. You don’t want an endless supply of electricity to flow through a hairdryer that you drop in the bathtub by mistake! Bad news all around.
Modern fixtures are also much better at controlling electricity output and can save on energy expenses. And if you’re already wired correctly, you can always upgrade to dimmers, USB outlets and white fixtures (which go with any color).