Helena Talbot’s blog – How Technology Can Give Your Home a Competitive Advantage

In today’s market, it’s important to make sure your home stands apart from the crowd, sparking buyers’ imaginations and enticing them to make a return visit or place a bid on your home. Incorporating technology into the deal is a surefire way to give your property a competitive edge against the other homes on the market. Although you may not recuperate 100 percent of the cost, having a few “toys” will definitely generate interest and ensure that touring buyers remember your home.

For example, impress your buyers with an automated home control system. There are wireless systems available to fit any price range and need. Set your lights to turn on every night while you’re away, or set them to turn on before someone enters the house. You can also automate other electrical appliances in the house too. The convenience and safety from programmable remotes and timers will boost your home’s appeal. Whoever buys your home will never have to return to a cold, dark home.

Entertainment additions usually catch a buyer’s eye as well. Flat panel television sets mounted on the walls particularly draw attention. TVs don’t necessarily have to be large; there are plenty of sizes available to fit any budget. Have your cable provider install the receiver or cable jack near the wall where you will be mounting the TV. Many buyers like small, flat panel TVs in the kitchen, near counter space. Consider this when planning to mount a screen around the kitchen or main floor of your home.

A whole-house audio system is also a nice feature to have. A multi-room sound system that lets you listen to the same music in all different parts of the house is appealing to buyers, especially in warmer weather. By wiring up the entire house, and adding some outdoor speakers near a patio, you could draw in some beneficial attention from music-loving buyers. Extra features such as a flat-screen TV or surround-sound system give your property a slight advantage in buyers’ minds. Although these additions may not be the ultimate reason your home sells, they will definitely help your house stand out among a long list of homes for sale.

Other tech-oriented ideas you may want to consider are a sensor-activated deadbolt lock, motorized drapes, or maybe even a weather forecaster that displays current conditions like wind speed, UV index, temperature and more. It’s all about what you can offer. Although it’s unnecessary to completely exceed your budget, having one or two fun features may give your home that little extra push needed to overcome your competitors.

Some homes may have a few of these technologies already, and if so, they will only stand to support your sales efforts. Whether adding anew or working with what you already have, speaking with a real estate professional about how to sell the many different aspects of your home is vital to your success.

I specialize in helping buyers and sellers invest in real estate in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia.

I have over 25 years experience in the real estate industry.  As a Broker/Owner with Exit Realty Talbot and Company, I bring special tools and solutions that enable me to exceed the expectations of my clientele.  If you are considering listing your property in Loudoun County or the nearby areas, ask me about our latest internet marketing systems.  I would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.  I am experienced in listing and selling short sales.  For information on the short sale process, please visit  www.LoudounShortSaleSolutions.com.

For a free market analysis on the value of your home, please visit http://www.LoudounHomeValues.com

My past awards and designations include – 2003 President of the Dulles Association of Realtors, 2003 Dulles Area Assoc Realtor of the Year, Salesperson of the year 2000 Dulles Area Assoc of Realtors,  Top Producer awards from both the Dulles Area Association and the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors.  I am a member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network.

I have lived in Loudoun County since 1979.  I am married with two grown children and two grandchildren.  My son in law is my business partner in real estate.  I love to jog in the mornings and spend time relaxing on my Trawler during the summer months.

Loudoun County and Northern Virginia Real Estate Sales and Solutions – Helena Talbot, Broker. I specialize in helping buyers and sellers invest in real estate in the Northern Virginia area to include Loudoun County and surrounding areas including Fairfax, Clarke, Fauquier, Prince William  Counties.  Our local neighborhoods includeLeesburgAshburn, Sterling, Potomac Falls, Brambleton, Broadlands, Lansdowne, River Creek, Belmont Country Club, Beacon Hill, Shenstone, Waterford, Lovettsville, Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill and Bluemont.                        Cell 703.727.9885    Office 703.574.3800

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