It’s September, and soon the seasonal visitors and buyers will start to trickle back to Scottsdale and the DC Ranch area for its outstanding weather. If your plans are to sell your house this season, it’s not too late to get it ready by making some home improvements and adding some upgrades. Keep in mind that not all upgrades will add to the bottom line, so be prudent before shelling out the cash.
Fresh paint and, in heavy traffic areas, new carpet is always standard operating procedure in getting your house ready for the market. And, de-cluttering your home goes without saying.
But the hotly contested debate is what upgrades will actually add to your net return. In some situations, the improvements will add value and in others it may just bring your home up to the market standards. The two most common discussed major upgrades include the pool and kitchen.
Adding a pool to your home may not add to the bottom line, but if the majority of homes in the subdivision have a pool and yours doesn’t, adding a pool may be a wise investment in simply causing your home to sell versus sit on the market. As long as you don’t go overboard with excessive water features or an extravagant custom design, you will typically recoup the cost of materials and labor.
A state-of-the art kitchen is becoming standard in the North Scottsdale high end real estate market, so if your kitchen is in need of an update, you can’t go wrong investing here. If a full overhaul isn’t in your budget, a few well designed features such as updated appliances, new countertops, a custom back splash or a kitchen island may bring added value.
Kitchen cabinets can be refaced instead of replaced, and often changing out cabinet door hardware and kitchen faucets can go a long way in catching the eye of a buyer.
In the renovation process, stay with neutrals and steer clear from heavy customized beveled edges or materials that may detract rather than add to the resale. Design is a personal preference and these days, less is often more.
As all upgrades to a home may not net the seller more at the close of escrow, it’s a discussion to have with your DC Ranch real estate experts as early as possible.
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