Keeping the tech updated is our eighth secret to boosting the value of your house:
Selling your house can be a complicated and frustrating process. Are you going to get the price your home is worth? How do you make sure that your house’s resale value doesn’t drop after years of living there? One way you increase the resale value of your house is by updating features and adding certain elements that can contribute to the value and appeal of your home. It’s important to choose projects that will give you the highest return on your investment, especially if you’re thinking about selling your house. The hardest part is knowing which home improvements actually increase the resale value of your home and which ones are a waste of time or money. If you are planning on putting your house on the market you should start scheduling any renovations you intend to make. Learn our eighth secret to boost your home’s value below.
8: Make Sure Your New Technology Is Smart
High-tech features offer notoriously bad returns on investment because technologies tend to evolve quickly. “One of the biggest losers in recent years is the fully wired audiovisual system,” says Duo Dickinson, an architect based in the New Haven, Conn., area. “They’ve probably lost 80 percent of their value since everything went wireless.”
But certain smart devices add to home value and interest, including programmable thermostats. “I’ll often install a Nest thermostat in a home that doesn’t have one because it creates the impression that this is a high-tech home,” Berger says.
We’re seeing the same benefit with a range of products, such as lights, door locks, and security systems. Those smart features have broad appeal with millennials, “who grew up on smartphones, so they’re used to being able to control things at their fingertips,” Endres says. “And they’ll pay 3 to 5 percent more for a home with the right amenities.”
Programmable thermostat. The Nest is widely recognized, but the Honeywell RTH9590WF, $300, proved easier to use in our tests. Both models can be controlled from a smartphone or computer.
Whole-house generator. Power failures are a reality for more homeowners. Stationary generators can usually power the entire property. A professionally installed unit can range from $7,000 to $15,000, according to Porch, a website connecting consumers with home service pros. The Generac 6241, $3,500, excluding installation, is a top pick.
Potential bump: 3 to 5 percent
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