Zillow recently did a post on “8 Value-Adding Home Improvements You Can Do for $1,000 or Less” and one of the ideas really caught my eye! The list had suggestions like upgrading your kitchen features, adding LED lighting, and trying “luxury” vinyl floors… but, I am all in on their addition of retreat spaces.
“When mentioned in a listing description, quiet rooms, and personal spaces command a sale price premium of 2.5% for a “she shed.” Keep the cost affordable by creating the space yourself or decorating a shed you already own as a DIY project.”
Who doesn’t love some personal space? One thing I do want to point out is that the sale price premium is a report average. This may look different locally but that is when working with a local pro really pays off! 😉 (More on the benefits of working with a local pro to come.)
What’s a “She Shed”?
I like HGTV’s description: “The term ‘she shed’ may be gender-specific, but anyone who needs a place to escape without going too far could use a she shed or, more aptly named, a me shed.”
Basically, a she shed is a small, dedicated space outside your home—usually in the backyard—that’s set up for you to work, a hobby, or just a place to relax and get away.
To create a she shed, you can renovate a storage shed or build new with a shed kit. The Home Depot has a guide on how to make the shed, how to use it, how to decorate it, and ways to make it unique.
How Does a She Shed Increase the Value of Your Home?
Sheds, in general, offer more storage space and that alone can be a big selling point for buyers. If you design a she shed with the purpose of selling your home, I recommend making it so that it could be easily converted into something that is useful for any buyer. With today’s “work from environment” buyers are always looking for areas of their home that can be turned into a personal space. Whether that be a playroom, quiet room, office, homework space, or just an escape. This is another reason having a functional shed can help with your sale.
Let’s Talk Local
When it comes to selling your house, it is important to work with a REALTOR® that knows the area. Special home features need to be marketed correctly. I have years of experience in the Triangle and know what buyers are looking for. I also do extensive research before I list a house to help come up with a listing price that will get your house sold in the least amount of time and get you the offers you are looking for. Location, condition, square footage, subdivision, and amenities all come into play, as well as market indicators and inventory at the time you are selling. Special features, like a she shed, definitely add value to your home and I can make sure those additions are not skipped over.
Looking for advice on how to add value to your home? Want my opinion on your she shed design? Ready to sell your house? I’m ready to talk! Contact me today at Annie@HudsonResidential.com or 919-961-3277.