How to Increase your Zillow Zestimate

Increase your Zillow Zestimate

For the uninitiated, a Zestimate is a proprietary computation of a homes value provided by the website Zillow.  Unfortunately, the Zestimate for your home could be too low, It has been reported that the Zestimate of your home could be off by as much as 5%.  If you are trying to sell your home and get the most out of it, this can be troublesome since over 90% of home buyers are starting their search online according the the National Association of Realtors. If you feel your home value is too low you can increase your Zillow Zestimate by following these four Steps:

Step 1 : Create a Zillow account. No worries as this is free. Use your real name as Zillow may check to confirm you are the owner of homes you claim.

Step 2 : Claim your home. This brings the home to your ‘My Zillow’ tab of saved homes so you can more easily find it next time you log in. Your home may already be claimed but no worries you can claim it, this may require you to confirm some additional information and provide your name and telephone number. Again you want to provide accurate information in case Zillow checks up on it, you want your Zestimate to stick.

Step 3 : Update your home facts on Zillow. Take your time and go through all of the home facts. Be sure to update them accurately and honestly without embellishing. If you indicate you have a 3 car garage but only have a carport, chances are buyers won’t be too happy with you and it just isn’t worth wasting anyone’s time. The biggest thing to watch for that will have the most immediate impact on price are the square footage. Make sure it is correct.

Step 4: Wait! Unfortunately, this is the hardest part, but Zillow’s program can take time to reflect the changes you made, especially if they are not deemed to be significant

Why this method works is straightforward; Zillow relies on public data about your home to determine its Zestimate.  If the data is not accurate the Zestimate will not be accurate. So any improvements or features of your home not report on Zillow that you correct will have a positive impact on your home and in turn lead to an increase your Zestimate.

 

 

5 comments on “How to Increase your Zillow Zestimate

  • Our home has an undated: kitchen, family room, all 3 bathrooms, 2 of the bedrooms, all new windows, new window treatments and flooring. In fact our home has been updated frequently as our tastes and needs have changed.

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    • Thanks for your feedback Mike! You can log into zillow and update some of the information about your home which can change the zestimate. You can now also dispute the Zestimate and work with Zillow to adjust this estimate.

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  • Tricia Fidone says:

    wanting to sell my home, would like some info from your agency
    about how you operate?? Are you a bank loan company or etc.””
    do you use a title company? I think that is an important point for
    any transaction I would want to be part of,’
    thank You
    Tricia

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  • Patricia Fidone says:

    The house has 3 bedrooms 1 bath and acre+.16 of land, there is a chain link fence around the house itself, the rest of the land is open with lots of newer plantings of drought resistant conifers and other seasonal trees and plantings, the house has a swamp cooler for summers here and an electric pellet stove for heat, also the rest of the house has all electric fittings, making it easier to eventually convert to solar.Also the home has Bureau of Land Management backing up the east side of the home for extra privacy, as yet the perimeter is unfenced, this home allows for 2 horses, would be a great horse set up if one wishes.

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  • In the Las 5 years my home has new carpet, new Air-conditioning, new windows, new main drain, a porch that wasn’t there and lots remodeling in the patio, is really nice.
    In the last 2 years my kitchen has new appliances, countertop, zinc, vanity, the last year new modern refrigerator, and this month new light.
    The laundry works perfectly.
    Some remodeling in the bathrooms, the dining and the living room is wite tile like new.
    Brand new fans with light in the master bedrooms and brand new light in the living and dining area a month ago.
    I think the price that you stimate at Least without the porch that really improve the house and the new Air-conditioning and windows.

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