How Important are Home Warranty and Home Improvement

By: Tom Beaty

Many "for sale by owner" sellers find themselves asking, "is it imperative for me to have a home warranty and make home improvements?" There are some significant advantages to having a home warranty and making improvements.

If the "for sale by owner" home is in inadequate condition, it may need a few home improvements. If you want to enhance the price of your home, improvements are your best option. This may be disadvantageous if your home is in good condition. In this case you might spend a thousand dollars on improvements, but the sales price will not enhance by a thousand dollars. In most cases, adding improvements to the kitchen and bathrooms will enhance the price of the sale.

With an investment of one thousand dollars in home improvements, you will generally enhance the sales price by about nine hundred dollars. Any work that can be done independently will cause the improvement to be vastly more profitable. In other words, a thousand dollar project where you do all the work may cost you less than five hundred dollars. You will maintain a nine hundred dollar sales price increase, therefore, you will have a net gain of four hundred dollars.

One who invests money into a home that will be sold must be very heedful. Investments to improve the home do not always yield a large enough return. When the seller is unable to generate a profit from home improvements, they will have to leave that obligation to the buyer. There is one exception to this. You may be forced to invest in improvements to the house if the house is in such inadequate condition that you are unable to sell it without making home improvements.

If at any point you feel that your "for sale by owner" home has been repaired enough to go on the market, you may want to consider a home warranty. A home warranty is short term insurance that covers the major appliances, electrical system, plumbing system, heating and air conditioning for the time span that the home is on the market. In most cases, the seller will pay for this three or four hundred dollar warranty. However, there is a %different% approach that many sellers take. They include this cost in the sales price of the home.

People who build new homes will invariably purchase home warranties. It is intelligent to purchase a home warranty for an older home as well if you consider all of the older appliances, plumbing, and electrical systems.

When you get a seller's warranty, advertising that you have a warranty on the home is very imperative. You have to make prospective buyers feel as satisfied as possible with making their purchase, and this is an inexpensive method for doing so.

A buyer's warranty is not as common. The buyer will pay for this warranty. This warranty will cover the home for a year after the closing date. This warranty is comparable to the seller's warranty in that it covers all of the same systems and appliances. The buyer chooses who pays for this insurance. Every year, this warranty can be renewed if the buyer sees fit.

It can be very profitable to have a home warranty and make home improvements.

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