6. Solar panels
“Save on your energy bill” might sound like a good way to reel buyers in. But solar panels don’t increase a home’s value as much as you might think. Why is this?
Energy costs change, panels become less efficient over time, and, just like with any tech, better models are made available each year. All of these factors paired with the fact that solar panels aren’t yet widely adopted mean that the ROI from solar panels can be unpredictable. That said, just like we suggested at the beginning of this post, discuss the potential impact of installing solar panels with your real estate agent and Curbio. Based on your market and shifts in buyer preferences, it may make sense for you.
7. High-maintenance landscaping
Of course, great curb appeal and well-maintained landscaping are essential. But be careful not to confuse visual appeal with the most lavish landscape you can dream up.
Most of today’s home buyers are part of a dual-income household and don’t want to spend their free time maintaining elaborate gardens and doing yard work. Definitely update your landscaping to make it look clean and welcoming, but don’t go overboard! Choose hardy, drought-resistant plants and make sure any other features you invest in look nice but don’t require minimal effort.