Before you list, here’s how to find out what your home is really worth.
Updated: Mar 7, 2022
Coming up with the right price for your home is a science. It’s not based on how much you love your home or how much money you need to get out of it. Instead, it’s based on what a potential buyer is likely to pay for a home like yours, in your neighborhood, and in the current market.
Here are a few factors that go into establishing the right price:
Size and lay out
Generally, more space means more money, but unconventional layouts and inconvenient traffic flow can lower the price.
Number of bedrooms
More bedrooms equals more money, but there has to be a corresponding number of bathrooms.
Location, Location, Location
Is the home close to transit, commuting corridors, desirable schools, shopping, recreation?
Is the neighborhood well lit? Does it have sidewalks? Does it have a perceived crime rate? Are there any major power lines or pipelines nearby?
Modern appliances and systems
Are the heating, air conditioning, insulation, electrical, plumbing and appliances up to date?
How well does the property show? Does everything look fresh and contemporary, or is it worn and dated?
If it’s a buyers’ market with lots of houses for sale, prices generally drop. In a tight market, prices rise.
Recent sales of similar homes in your neighborhood set a precedent for how much buyers are willing to pay.
When rates are low, prices generally climb, and vice versa.