For a lot of people, real estate is a bit of a foreign world. We have all bought and sold things before, but buying and selling homes and properties is surprisingly different due in large part to the massive ramifications that they can have. Not to mention there are new ways of doing things that can seem so different from what we normally deal with in our day to day lives— I mean, come on, how often do people actually move? These large ramifications that we mentioned and new details can cause a lot of people to have questions and today we are going to endeavor to answer a few of them.
Should I sell the appliances with the house?
A question that a lot of people ask when they are putting a house up for sale is about whether they should sell the appliances with the home. There are several reasons why you should consider keeping the appliances and the house as a set instead of separating them, however, there are a few reasons to do just that— but, we are getting ahead of ourselves.
The first thing you have to know is what constitutes an appliance and which ones are kept with the house almost always. You see, when you say the word appliance this can refer to everything from the refrigerator to the furnace. For almost all real estate transactions the appliances that are usually included with the house are the furnace and climate control systems, the stove, and the dishwasher— and the microwave if it is mounted.
The appliances listed above are usually included because they are both hard to move, fragile, and usually fit perfectly in the spaces provided. Sometimes they are even built into the home in the case of furnaces and such.
The appliances that aren’t always included in a real estate transaction are the fridge, washer and dryer, and unmounted microwaves.
Now you have to consider the uniqueness of the appliance and how it integrates into the rest of the room and home. A general rule of thumb is that if an appliance was purchased to match the décor of the home, you should probably consider leaving it with the house. Taking it may lower both the actual and perceived value of the home.
The last thing to consider is the home that you will be moving into. If you are moving across the country, you may consider just buying new appliances when you get there (or buying them with the house you intend to buy).
However, since every case is different, you should always consult your real estate agent. They have the knowledge and experience to advise you properly.
When is the best time to buy or sell a home?Contrary to popular belief, there is no one season that is better than another to sell a home. A lot of people will tell you to sell during the spring and summer time, but, while many more people do sell their homes during that time of the year, selling then does not guarantee that you will sell your home any better than any other time of year.
The truth is that people move at all different times of the year so there is always a market to sell your home. You still have a very good chance to sell your home in the dead of winter as in the height of spring.
When considering when you should put your house on the market the only timeline that you should consider is your own. Sell your home when it is convenient for you.
How do I price my home?
Pricing your home can be a bit of a struggle. That is why the best thing to do is to either hire an appraiser or talk with a real estate agent. Your real estate agent will be the best option as they will not charge extra to help you price the home— unlike an appraiser.
Your real estate agent will take into account the area where your home is located as well as the relative age, size, and condition of the home. They can give you a pretty good estimate of the value of the home when it comes to pricing. Our real estate agents are trained and up-to-date on all the new ins and outs of the real estate market in your area so they will be the best at judging its price.
When should I transition from an apartment to a house?
Transitioning from an apartment to a house is a difficult call to make. In an apartment, you don’t have as much liability or responsibility, though in a house you have equity and control. So, really it depends on a few factors: finances, needed space, and location.
Your finances are an important factor because, if you can’t afford a house, then you are not going to get very far if you try to buy one. So you need to make sure you are financially ready to make that transition.
The next thing to remember is needed space. If you need more space than your apartment can give you than you might want to consider buying a home.
Lastly, there is location. If you don’t have a car or any other mode of transportation and you need to be downtown every morning at 8 AM but the only houses you can afford are on the edge of town, you might not want to buy one. So, it really depends on where you can buy and where you need to be.
How do I know when it is time to sell my home?
In a sense, selling your home comes under similar categories as when you are deciding whether to move from an apartment to a house. Can your finances handle you changing your housing situation at this moment? Do you not need the space anymore? Do you need more space? Then, of course, you have to wonder about the condition of the house. If the house is in disrepair, then you may want to consider selling it. That is if you can’t fix it.
Well, there you are. There are a few common real estate questions answered. If you have any more questions about real estate, especially real estate in Boise, then contact us at the Hughes Group today. We have awesome trained and licensed real estate agents that are ready and glad to help you out. Call now!