Home Updates

It’s that time of year again! Back to school shopping, yard clean up, winterizing your home and more. Time to put compost out in the garden to sit over winter and till in the spring. Maybe plant some garlic while you are at it! For your home, it’s time to caulk around windows and doors, remove dead brush around the foundation, maybe get an energy audit from the local gas and electric companies to save more on your utility bills. In this article, we will be informing you on paint color choices as well as technology upgrades that could add a lot of value to your home, should you decide to sell.

When looking to increase the value of your home before selling, upgrades often include updating flooring, changing counter tops, slapping a fresh coat of paint on the front door and updating kitchen appliances.

The Zillow 2017 Paint Color Analysis survey shows that homes with powder blue or periwinkle bathrooms sold for $5400 more. On the exterior, “greige” seems to be the way to go, with homes selling for at least $3496 more. Front doors that were painted a navy or slate grey increased value, and for sure buyers across the board said NO white walls! Homes without color actually sold for $4035 less! Blues and pale greys make the home feel larger. An occasional accent wall is ok, but don’t over do it!

Although all renovations, when done properly, typically increase the value of your home; apparently technology trends in smart home appliances are “seriously upping the game for those looking to sell their home according to Inman News.

Technological features that are making a big impact on home sales are smart home device-compatible upgrades. According to Inman News “Buyers are willing to pay more for smart home upgrades, and Amazon Echo-compatible devices are a simple and relatively inexpensive place to start.” Integrating smart home hardware in the home is something that should be considered at this time. Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo and Echo Dot are among the most popular home assistants. An example of things that can be controlled by these home assistants include: Smart Lights, which involve replacing the light bulbs in the home with “smart” bulbs that can be controlled by Echo.

Security: The Echo integrates with a wide variety of home hardware to keep your property secure. This could include smart locks, which can lock and unlock on command. “Ring” is a video doorbell that senses any movement and also turns on when someone rings the doorbell. For heating and cooling: Nest has integrated with Echo. If you want more control over watering the garden, The GreenIQ Smart Garden Hub allows homeowners to control sprinklers and finally, Garageio connects to up to three garage doors, and allows homeowners to either use their smartphone or Amazon Echo to open the garage.

If you would like a free mini book on home upgrades and additional items that could add value to your home for selling, please text or email us your address and we will get one out to you!


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