If you’re like many people, you know that making a few home improvements can boost your house’s resale value – so if you’re selling a home in Scottsdale this year, these three upgrades may make a big difference.

3 Home Improvements to Consider Before You Sell Your Home in Scottsdale

Although you should always talk to your Scottsdale REALTOR® before you make any home improvements, these may be worth looking into:

  1. Invest in energy efficiency
  2. Improve curb appeal
  3. Update fixtures

Before you tackle any of these tasks, it’s important that you make repairs wherever necessary. If you have a dripping faucet, a cracked paver leading up to your home, or peeling paint somewhere, you should choose to handle those issues before you make any upgrades. And as always, you should talk to your REALTOR before you pour your hard-earned cash into a home you’re trying to sell – you want to make sure your investments are wise ones that will pay off at the closing table.

Here’s a closer look at each of these potential improvements; you can check them out before you even talk to a real estate agent.

Home Improvements to Make Before You Sell a Home in Scottsdale - Energy Efficiency

#1. Invest in Energy Efficiency

Buyers love energy efficient home features, from smart and programmable thermostats to ENERGY STAR-certified appliances in the kitchen. That’s because buyers know that over time, energy efficient homes save them money, cause less harm to the Earth and are easier to live in. Even better news for you, too: There’s a growing body of evidence that suggests homes with a green footprint sell faster and for more money, too.

Home Improvements to Make Before You Sell a Home in Scottsdale - Improve Curb Appeal

#2. Improve Curb Appeal

Your home’s exterior is the first thing that prospective buyers see when they show up for a tour, and they begin forming their first impressions from inside the car. You need buyers’ first impressions to be good ones because they’ll bring them into the house, which works in your favor.

You can boost your curb appeal in several ways, including:

  • Painting the door and trim
  • Investing in a new mailbox
  • Putting up new house numbers
  • Adding potted plants to your porch

Your real estate agent can talk to you about other great ways to improve curb appeal, too, so you can give buyers a positive (and long-lasting) first impression.

Related: Curb appeal tips from the pros (and a desert plant guide for landscaping): INFOGRAPHIC

Home Improvements to Make Before You Sell a Home in Scottsdale - Update Fixtures

#3. Update Fixtures

Fixtures can date a home – and that goes for faucets, lights, switch plates and more. Stroll through your home and look at the faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms, the light fixtures in each room (including bedrooms and bathrooms), and even the light fixtures attached to the outside of your home. If any of them look a bit dated, you may want to make a quick trip to your favorite home improvement store to see if there are affordable, modern alternatives. Most people can upgrade a faucet or light fixture without professional help, but if you’re in doubt about your abilities, talk to your REALTOR. He or she may be able to recommend a local contractor with a great reputation.

Are You Buying or Selling a Home in Scottsdale?

If you’re selling a luxury home in Scottsdale, we can help. You can use our home value calculator to get a ballpark idea on what your home may be worth – and you can call us at 480-351-5359 to talk to a REALTOR® about how we can market your home to all the right buyers.

If you’re also looking for a new home, we’ll be happy to show you the homes that interest you most. While you’re here, explore all our Scottsdale real estate listings or look in specific communities:

Don Matheson
REALTOR® | Founder
The Matheson Team
RE/MAX Fine Properties
21000 N. Pima Rd., #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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