How to Increase Your Arizona Home’s Property Value... on the Cheap
Here are the best and cheapest ways to enhance market appeal of your Arizona home and, thereby, increase its Property Value:
Declutter – Take family photos, posters and trophies off the walls and anything else other than a simple, tasteful painting. If you don’t have a tasteful painting, bare walls are preferred… after all holes are patched.
Re-arrange – Arrange your rooms so they look spacious and uncluttered. If you have too much furniture that makes the room look crowded, remove some furniture and arrange the remainder so your rooms look elegant and inviting – not overcrowded and cluttered. Make sure it is easy to walk about the room.
Empty closets – Every buyer is concerned about the home they buy having enough closet space. The best way to alleviate that concern is to pack and store away ½ the contents of your closets. Storing what you don’t absolutely need now in a storage facility is half the preparation for your move.
Empty kitchen cabinets – The same action is required of kitchen cabinets. No one has complained about too much storage space in the kitchen. But they will reject your home if it looks like there isn’t enough room. Multiple sets of dishes and glasses, pots and pans or appliances you rarely or never use should be packed and stored away. Keep what you need and use. Just make your cabinets look to be more than sufficient.
You are doing all the items above to create the illusion that you have lived in your house for years and you still have plenty of room for stuff.
Yard – The yard needs to be well maintained. You don't want buyers to get the idea your yard is unmanageable. If they do, they will buy another house that looks like it "maintains itself". Weed, feed, trim, prune and bring some color into the yard and patio.
Garage – Did I mention cleaning out the garage, along the side the garage, etc.? You know what you have to do.
Repair everything you know needs to be fixed. Lubricate the garage door and hinges that squeak.
It is cheaper to do this yourself now before you put your home on the market. Later, when the buyer’s inspector discovers what you know needs to be repaired, the buyer may ask for a licensed “whatever” to do the same work at greater costs to you.
Up to this point everything you have done has been at little cost to you.
The final steps to get your home ready for photos and buyer appointments require you to replace worn flooring, paint inside and out and clean windows and screens.
Once completed, your home will look fresh and inviting, well maintained, and spacious. You will be rewarded for your preparation with higher offers and a faster sale.
Now your home is ready for photos for the MLS and little time is needed to tidy it before buyers come to see it in person.
Call to discuss your fix up plans before you start or call me when you are done to get your home on the market and SOLD for all it is worth!
Contact Sam to schedule an appointment to discuss how he can turn your plans into action.
Author: Sam Elam, Arizona Associate Broker, CRS, GRI, e-PRO, SFR
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties