The answer to your question comes down to two things: Pricing, and the uniqueness of the property.
I have seen homes in this current market go to contract within ten days (just yesterday, I tried to show a house that was just listed July 8th). What did these homes have going for it? Correct pricing, and the homes themselves had something above and beyond their competition. In the particular case of the home yesterday, it had an above-average sized lot and master suite.
There are homes out there that I refer to as "cookie-cutter homes". These homes are built in tract neighborhoods - same or very similar floor-plans as the neighbors, with no uniqueness or upgrades. If you had one of these homes, I would tell you, hands-down, to rent right now. But considering your upgrades, let's get some clarification that can help you make a decision. Ask yourself the following questions to help you decide:
Was your home a "good deal" when you bought it, providing you with some equity initially? Typically, it takes 3-5 years to achieve any real equity in a home if it was purchased at market price. Because your home was purchased a year ago, it is doubtful that you have had time to gain any substantial equity, particularly in this market, unless it was a great bargain to begin with.
Is there new construction in your neighborhood, by one or two specific builders? If there is a large amount of new construction in your area (like a phase II or phase II of a subdivision), my advice would be to not compete against the builder. Most of the time, builders have much more leeway in pricing and incentives than normal homeowners. This can create a bidding war where you would be compelled to compete and most likely not come out as the winner.
What are the upgrades in your home? You mentioned hardwood floors, those are definitey a plus in today's market. But the refrigerator? Not so much. Refrigerators aren't usually a major player in a buyer's decision to purchase a home. The etc. etc. you mentioned? That would depend - have you painted with tasteful decorator colors? Have you added professional trim or molding? Is there something that you have added (or that was there originally) that would give this home the edge over others currently on the market? Maybe a screened-in porch or a privacy-fenced yard? Look for the uniqueness of your home and then compare it to others on the market. What made you decide on that home versus the others that you saw? Play up these attributes as much as you can.
That all being said, I can offer you a comparative market analysis (CMA) that will give you a price point at which your home should sell in a reasonable amount of time. This analysis is free of charge and obligation, but it should help you determine whether to sell or rent. I regularly sell homes in the Pooler area and I am familiar with the market there.
Please let me know if I can be of any assistance,
Marian Mercer, Realtor
Southern Homes and Land Real Estate
(912) 536-8945 - cell