If you are trying to sell your Scottsdale home, you might be thinking of ways to increase the property value first. Even if you don’t plan to sell your house for a while, you can still complete some home improvement projects that will raise its value in the future.
Before you pick up a sledgehammer, take a look at the most effective ways to increase the value of your Scottsdale home for sale:
Remodeling the kitchen
You’ve heard it over and over because it’s true: the kitchen is the most important room in the house. That means your home improvement projects should start there, and there are a few easy ways to spruce it up.
Does it already have granite countertops, a modern backsplash, and pretty cabinet pulls? Then consider adding a fresh coat of paint to the kitchen walls. Painting the kitchen cabinets is another option if you want to give the room a new look. If your appliances are a little dated and you have some room in the budget, buy new ones! You can’t go wrong with stainless steel, which is popular because it’s easy to clean and looks great with any color scheme.
Even if your kitchen is in great shape, you can add a little more pizazz to it with some subtle changes. A stylish pot rack and a new wine cooler or unique wine rack can add both elegance and functionality to your kitchen.
Updating the bathrooms
Though much of buyers’ focus seems to be on the kitchen, the bathrooms are also important, so it’s vital to make sure they’re not old and dingy.
Start with the sinks: If you only have the standard metal faucet and white cultured marble counters that so many homes have, think about switching it up by choosing a custom faucet and granite counter tops. If you have the typical drop-in sink, consider substituting it with a beautiful vessel sink.
If your sink and faucet are pretty up-to-date already, turn your attention to the lighting and mirrors. Consider upgrading any older lights, and make sure the bulbs you use are energy efficient. If you have a plain mirror, you can add some pretty metal or wood trim around it to dress it up. You can also switch out the whole mirror in favor of two smaller round or oval mirrors for a more elegant result.
Of course, replacing older bathroom fixtures with newer ones is another good way to make your bathroom look more modern, which could increase property value. If you have a standard tub and shower, think about installing a new soaking tub with jets and a steam shower, depending on your budget.
A newer, more energy-efficient toilet is also often more impressive to buyers than an older one that has seen better days. In general, having a spa-like bathroom that looks clean and new is a great way to increase your property value.
Improving curb appeal
Another way to update your Scottsdale home before you sell it is to make sure it grabs the attention of buyers from the moment they arrive. This means that the yard should look pristine. You don’t have to have a green thumb to make this happen. Simply make sure the grass is mowed and edged, and the trees and bushes are trimmed back. Then, sweep the porch, walkway, and driveway to get rid of any dirt, trash, or other debris.
You’ll also want to make sure the roof is in good shape. You don’t want buyers driving up to the house and immediately seeing that your roof shingles are missing or broken.
Other ways you can improve curb appeal include adding decorative lights to your yard, touching up the exterior paint, and wiping down or even replacing your front door, maybe with a wrought iron custom door! Wrought iron is an impressive and traditional Arizona look that may help attract out of state buyers, as well as catch the interest of anyone driving by.
Once you finish these home improvement projects for your Scottsdale home, let The Matheson Team know when you are ready to sell and then start your search for a new house!
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21000 N. Pima Rd., #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255