Angela Johnson: 5 tips for increasing your home's value

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After spending 17 years in the Real Estate Industry and owning the largest Real Estate Appraisal firm in Arizona, I know what home improvement projects, if don't right, will boost a homes value.

Tip 1: Invest a couple hours of your time with a pro.

Check with designers in your area. A good resource is model homes. Find one that you like the style and feel of and then ask the front office who that company is. A standard hourly fee is normally less than $100 and is definitely worth it as they will give you lots of ideas such as paint colors, furniture placement, and trade referrals. I've designed and built 4 custom homes from the ground up and have bought & sold over 40 homes that needed remodeling so I'm confident in my ability to offer my seller's a professional consultation. If you're looking to sell your home find out if your agent has staging and design experience, it makes a world of difference.

Tip 2: Paint, paint, paint.

One of the most cost-effective and simplest improvements you can make is a freshly painted room that looks clean & updated. Neutrals appeal to the greatest number of people so if you're object is to sell your home, keep that in mind. On average, a gallon of paint costs around $25 add rollers, painter's tape, brushes and drop cloths and maybe you've invested $80. Get some paint, friends and get busy!

Tip 3: Kitchen Updates/Remodels.

Before investing in any major home improvement project, look at home values in your area to make sure you do not "over improve," your home. We offer a free market update that shows what houses are listed for as well as how much they are selling for. Unlike Zillow & the other online estimators, ours is current and accurate. Once you know how much your home can sell for once remodeled, you'll have a budget to work with. I've built kitchens that look like a million bucks but cost less than $5,000 including granite and backsplash. It pays to know trades that offer good quality cabinets and excellent workmanship at a fair price. It's "key" to getting the job done on time and on budget.

Tip 4: Deep Clean & De-clutter.

Cleaning & de-cluttering will help you get more money for your home when selling! A clean & organized home makes all of us feel less stress and the perception that the rest of the home has been taken care of just as well. Hopefully it has, but we won't get in to that now. Sun City West homes are a perfect example of this very concept. It's much easier for my team to sell a home that may not be updated but has been meticulously maintained and organized than it is a home that may have nicer upgrades but is full of clutter and doesn't look tidy. All of our listings get complimentary maid service and 2 hours with our professional organizer when needed. It's so important!

Tip 5: Bathroom Updates/Remodels.

Everyone loves a beautiful bathroom! The question is what is your budget? For under $100 you can deep clean, buy a new shower curtain, towels, decorative items and wow, what a difference! If you have a remodeling budget, your best dollars are spent in the tub/shower area and on hardware. There are a multitude of budgets and upgrades but you get the gist.

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