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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Home Seller Tips: Why did they ask for my utility bills?

Energy efficiency is getting more important every day.

If you go to buy a car do you ignore the posted estimated mileage?  My guess is most car buyers at least consider fuel efficiency in their decision process.  Perhaps if money is no option then this is a non factor.
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For home buyers energy costs are a factor as well.   Very often buyers will ask about the utility costs if your home is a consideration.

If your home has energy efficient qualities why not use them to your advantage?

In an ideal world your home will have the most efficient insulation.   What about your windows?

Is your air conditioner newer and more efficient?  Do you have a programmable thermostat?  What about appliances?  Fifteen year old appliances are not just a turn off from the dated look but could be costing you a lot of money each month to operate.  Do you have a tankless hot water heater?  Is your sprinkler system on reclaimed water or a well?

If your home has any of the above qualities, market these features!  

If your home has some older less efficient appliances, make sure they are working correctly and as efficiently as possible.  Even if the AC system is not the most efficient buyers expect it to be working as well as possible given its age!

Finally, expect buyers to ask about your utility costs.

Put out some representative bills for electric, water, gas, etc. for prospective buyers to see.  If you had a pre-listing property inspection (recommended fro older homes), why not put a copy of the inspection report out as well?  And consider offering a one year home warranty as well which will allay some potential buyer fears.

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