Thursday, 26 November 2020

Selling points for your home

Summertime is peak moving time, especially in a military town like San Diego. That means that many local homeowners will be selling their houses, condos and townhouses. Are you one of them? Would you like to sell your place for more money, possibly in less time with fewer hassles?

Yes, the market is super-hot right now for sellers, but if you can get yourself a higher price, and an easier appraisal and inspection process, these tips could be helpful as you get ready to put your home on the market.

“San Diego is a very competitive market, and buyers are paying special attention to any potential upgrades they think the home needs,” says Carlos Gutierrez, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage La Jolla. “If the kitchen hasn’t been updated in a while, potential buyers will start subtracting from the list price of the home, and that could really impact a seller’s bottom line. By making the upgrades before putting the home on the market, you can add a lot of value and possibly get buyers in a bidding war.”

Here are some of the tips Gutierrez recommends for kitchens:

When getting ready to put your house on the market, you might be tempted to make major changes to get your best price, but this isn’t necessarily your best course of action. “Be wary of salespeople telling you how much new windows, pool or solar will add to your home,” advises appraiser Arms. Neighborhoods drive home values, and improvements need to be neighborhood-friendly, he says.

Hellon adds: “Upgrades are only ‘upgrades’ when done correctly. Flawed DIY projects will decrease the value of your home faster than not having any upgrades at all. So, if you are thinking of making upgrades before selling your home, make sure they are done correctly and look flawless.”

Gold is a San Diego-based, independent kitchen and bath designer and the author of “New Kitchen Ideas That Work” and the “New Bathroom Idea Book.” Her website is


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