How to Increase Your Home's Zillow Zestimate
How to increase your home's Zillow Zestimate is a question that many home sellers ask before listing their homes for sale. Whether it is fair or not, homebuyers look at a home’s Zillow Zestimate to gauge the true value of the home. Although there are other independent measures of a home’s value, including Zillow’s rival Trulia’s estimate and independent home appraisals, a home's Zillow Zestimate is considered by many buyers to be the most reliable gauge of a home’s value.
What home sellers need to know is that increasing a home's Zillow Zestimate is not difficult. What Zillow often lacks is accurate up to date information about a home, which can cause Zillow to calculate a Zestimate for a home that is lower than it should be due to a lack of information about what the home actually has as far as amenities. Luckily, this information is something you can easily provide to Zillow to potentially increase your home's Zillow Zestimate.
Increase Your Home's Zillow Zestimate
How To Increase Your Home's Zillow Zestimate: The Power Is In Your Hands
The power to increase your home's Zillow Zestimate is in your hands. The first thing you need to do is go to zillow.com, create a free account, and then look up your home. Once you have found your home on Zillow, claim it as your home. Once you claim your home, you are free to update the amenities within and around your home, add a description of your home, what you like about your home, and even what you believe your home is worth.
Make Sure You Check Off All of The Amenities
Read the list of amenities that Zillow provides carefully and check off boxes that apply to your home. Be sure you do not miss anything, as each amenity will factor into the Zestimate for your home. You can further describe any amenities in your description of your home. For example, Zillow has a check off for attic. You can check it off and then use your description of your home to describe the condition of your attic. For example: “The attic has plywood and a pull down ladder that provides ample extra storage space.”
Tailor Your Description To Meet Your Buyer’s Needs
In description of your home, think like a buyer and tailor your description to suit their needs. For example, if you assume most of your potential buyers will need easy access to commuting options to get to work, then emphasize how convenient your home is for commuters. For example: “Located only five minutes from the local train station. Also, a commuter bus has a stop approximately one-quarter mile away.” Other than that, the description should emphasis things that buyers look for in a home, such as: remodeled bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, stone countertops, a fenced-in yard, and terms such as “move in ready” or “in a great area for families,” if the statements are applicable.
Get Creative About What You Like About Your Home
In the what you like about your home section on Zillow, describe amenities and other things about your home that may not be readily apparent to potential buyers. For example, if there is a park a half-block away or a beautiful view from your home, make sure you emphasize that when describing what you like about your home. Buyers with children may like the fact that there is a park within walking distance. Other buyers may be looking for a home that has a nice view, instead of a view of the back of another home. Get creative regarding what you like about your home. You can even mention amenities in your area, such as shopping or entertainment, as they can help sell people on buying your home.
Be Realistic About What Your Home Is Worth
If you are going to put a value on Zillow in the what you believe your home is worth section, make sure it aligns with your asking price for your home. You do not want to list your home for sale at a price higher than what you publicly state on Zillow what you believe your home is worth. Be realistic when considering what you believe your home is worth. People naturally tend to think their home is worth more than it actually is. Take a few moments to see what homes of similar style, condition, and size have sold for in your area recently and formulate a realistic value for your home.
Avoid Exaggerations Regarding Your Home
Be honest when updating your home's Zillow information. While it is tempting to exaggerate a home’s amenities, any exaggerations could turn off potential buyers or even lead to a lawsuit if someone purchases your home and finds the information provided to be inaccurate. If you have a nice home, describing any amenities accurately should be all you need to attract buyers. Keep in mind that Zillow’s Zestimates are not updated instantly, and it could take weeks or months for any changes you have made to be reflected in the Zestimate for your home.
Why It Is Important To Update Your Home's Zillow Information
While there are no guarantees that adding additional information to the Zillow page dedicated to your home will result in an increase to your home's Zillow Zestimate, providing additional information certainly cannot hurt. If amenities that exist in your home, such as a fenced in yard or hard wood floors, are not selected in Zillow, then in most cases Zillow will assume you do not have them and will likely reduce the Zestimate for your home. You also want potential buyers to see all the amenities your home has to offer. While the description of your home and what you like about your home sections on Zillow may not directly impact the Zestimate, they could impact potential buyers’ decisions to look at your home and ultimately to buy your home.
Of course, it is also important to list your home for sale on Zillow once you have updated the information. Many people in the market to buy a home will fly over a neighborhood they are interested in buying a home in. When you list your home with Zillow, a red symbol of a home will appear on your property, which alerts buyers that your home is for sale. They can then click on the red home symbol to see the Zillow page for your home that includes the detailed information about your home that you provided. Make sure that those potential buyers have plenty of information about your home, so they form a positive opinion and want to contact their realtor to view your home in person.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
My neighbors property just was put on the market. I checked the zestimate and it was 625,000. She listed her property for $1.1 million and zillow even had on the zestimate. 4 days later the zestimate miraculously is at $1.1 million. Almost $400,000 more than my house which is larger, with a larger lot and 18 years newer. Why are there these price disparities on Zillow?
I'm not sure why Zillow suddenly decided to value your neighbor's home at $1.1 million. I have seen such dramatic increases in a Zestimate in the area I live in, but it occurs when a house has not been sold in many decades or has been completely gutted and renovated, and then is listed for sale at a much higher asking price than what it was previously worth. Was the home renovated recently? Perhaps there were some recent comparable sales that Zillow just factored into the Zestimate for your neighbor's home? It's hard to say, but it would certainly be great for your home value is this home sold for anywhere near $1 million because Zillow will factor that sale into Zestimates for similar homes in your area.Helpful 8
I purchased a house that was brand new 25 years ago. It was never listed or sold. I have added new granite countertops, subway backsplash, hardwood floors, carpet, ceramic tile, new s/s appliances, new HVAC system, newly painted interior, upgraded fixtures, etc. Homes the same size are selling the 170s to 180s with no upgrades. But because mine was never listed or sold, Zillow lists my house 40,000 below the average price for the area. I opened an account and listed all the amenities. What else can I do?
If you just opened an account with Zillow, claimed your house, updated the facts about your house to help Zillow better understand what your house has as far as features, then you need to give them some time to digest these changes. They update Zestimates on a monthly basis. However, it could take several months for them to fully reflect the changes you made. Also, check out the comparable sales that they are using to value your home. Is there anything that could be hurting your home's value, such as its location? The same home could realistically be valued $10,000s less or more based on location. For example, being on a busy street can knock dollars off a home's value, while having a view of a lake on a quiet street could do the exact opposite and boost a home's value versus comparably sized homes.Helpful 4
My neighbor's house across the street is the same floor plan but does not have a finished basement (our house does). Why is their Zestimate ~ $80K higher than our house? I do not see any differences in the Zillow features and amenities.Helpful 3
My house estimate on Zillow went down $100k suddenly for. The house is not for sale. And this sudden drop only happened to my house in the neighborhood. What could be the reason?
Wow! I'm sorry to hear that the Zestimate for your house went down by 100K. What is that percentage-wise based on the overall value of your home? I would look into if there have been any recent sales in your area that have been below market and are being used by Zillow to determine the value of your home. I don't know why it only happened to your house. It could be that the other houses are valued based on other comparables based on their value and features, or it could be that they will soon experience a similar percentage drop.Helpful 12
I had a Zestimate of $360,000 and listed my home on Zillow's Make Me Move for $400,000. Four days after my listing, the Zestimate fell to $300,000. This could cause serious problems if I decide to list my home for sale. We paid $300,000 for the home over 6 years ago and have put $80k into renovations and upgrades, so I don't think $400k is an unreasonable ask. Is there anything I can do to get Zillow to recognize this?
Make sure you claim your home and update all of the information, particularly any information that has changed due to your recent renovations and upgrades. That is how Zillow will become aware of them and potentially adjust the Zestimate.
Putting a Make Me Move price in probably prompted Zillow to look at comparable home sales in your area, which is the most likely explanation of your Zestimate drop. Take a look at which home sales they are using to compare your home's value as part of the Zestimate.Helpful 4
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