Should You Update Your Appliances Before Selling Your House?
Leave the old appliances, buy new ones or have no appliances in the house at all? That’s the dilemma many house sellers face. Buyers all have different needs and wants so it isn’t easy to know what you should do to have a better chance of selling the house quickly.
Not only do you want to sell the house fast, but you want to do as much as you can to increase the value of the house.
We’ve previously covered some tips on selling your house before. But, in this article, we will cover a few variables to give you some food for thought so you can decide for yourself which is the best way forward when it comes to appliances.
Go for energy-efficient appliances
The line of thinking sometimes is that a buyer wants to have their appliances in the home. This is especially true if your appliances are old and not energy efficient.
Having newer models is more attractive to see when a buyer comes to look at the house. If they see outdated and inefficient appliances, it is a turn-off.
If you have new ones, then they get the feeling that the house is updated all around. Start with the air conditioner and heating system. These are big energy hogs so buyers want to see that they will save money. Air conditioning installation costs should be seen as an investment that pays off by adding more value to your home.
Don’t go luxury
You may love the idea of a state of the art kitchen with a huge cooking range. But, the buyer may not be so keen on cooking and won’t think of it as a good value.
Standard appliances that are new and efficient are good. They don’t need to be the most expensive, just that they will do the job, look nice and offer some money savings as they don’t use many resources.
Try to avoid adding things that seem like they will be expensive to fix if there is an issue.
Upgrade where it makes sense
You don’t have to replace every appliance in your home. The most obvious areas are where they are old as we already mentioned.
But, some appliances may make more sense to upgrade while others can stay as is. If there is something unique and serves a purpose, it may be seen as some added value.
Examples of this would be leaving a tankless water heater if you have one. Or, solar water heaters or something similar. You don’t necessarily have to replace them as they could be seen as a selling point as they are.
Removing all appliances
The last option for some is to simply remove all of the appliances. The advantage of this is that a prospective buyer arrives seeing a blank slate. They are free to imagine how they can set up the home with appliances instead of being forced to keep ones they might not have chosen themselves.