Ways to Increase your Home's Value

Posted By Barbara Baker @ Nov 8th 2010 10:00pm In: Sedona Real Estate

When you first purchase a house in Sedona, West Sedona or Uptown, you're most likely thinking of ways to build a home for you and your family. A big yard means plenty of room for the children to play. A newly renovated kitchen means you can finally throw the types of dinner parties you've always wanted. A master suite, well, that's just icing on the cake. However, when it comes to sell your Arizona home, it's important to remember that all those little (and big) changes can also mean big little (and big) changes in your sale price.

While most homeowners should make changes to their houses that suit their lifestyle rather than the eventual sale price of their home five, ten, or even twenty years down the road, there are a few things to keep in mind. After all, if you will someday be selling your Sedona house, you want to be sure you're maximizing your profit.

  • Repair all the little things – now. Most of the time, homeowners are willing to overlook the little idiosyncrasies like a broken step on the porch or chipping paint on the kitchen cabinets while they live in their house. These small repair needs are a bit like a knee that acts up in the rain or a car that always requires you to turn the key three times to the right before starting; they just become part of the everyday backdrop of your life. However, for someone buying a home in Sedona, West Sedona or considering real estate in Uptown, these things can become glaring problems. By fixing issues as they arise (rather than waiting until you're ready to sell your AZ home), you not only avoid making major repairs all at once, but you actually get to enjoy the repairs while you live there.
  • Know your neighborhood. If you live in one of Sedona's family-friendly neighborhoods, chances are things like well-maintained yards, large family rooms, and spacious kitchens will be worth more in the long run. If you live in a West Sedona condo, you might find that built-in bookshelves and jacuzzi bathtubs are more appropriate. While you don't have to tailor every change to your eventual sales audience, you can choose to make the types of changes that will translate into the highest returns.
  • Don't ignore the less visible changes. Almost all of the houses for sale in Sedona go through cosmetic changes before they hit the market. Fresh paint, new kitchen appliances, and good landscaping are fairly common. Less common are things like a new roof, updated plumbing, or even a newly-installed automatic sprinkler system. However, these things show up in a home inspection evaluation, and when you put your trust in a AZ real estate agent like Barbara Baker, these types of changes will always get the focus and attention they deserve.

The most important thing you can do to your Sedona home is enjoy the time you're going to spend there. However, by keeping its eventual sale at the back of your mind, you'll be able to get the most out of your life – and your investment.


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