Home Renovations Continue Surge in 2017

Home Renovations

Trends At A Glance

If you are thinking about selling your home in 2017, it is probably a wise idea to consider what home renovations, if any, you should make. Take a look at the Houzz home renovation trends survey and then consult with a professional Realtor® to decide if you should make any home renovations or improvements before selling. Here are some very interesting takeaways from the survey:
  • Home buyers prioritize improving design and function more than increasing resale value.
  • One in eight home renovators in 2016 also purchased a home in 2016.
  • Home buyers between the ages of 45-64 have the largest share of renovations.
  • Home buyers are renovating an average of 3.4 to 3.7 rooms.
  • For a home between 1500-1999 square feet, first-time homeowners spent an average of $23,500 as compared with $46,500 for a repeat home buyer.
  • Home buyers who are Baby boomers are spending approximately three times more than Millennial home buyers.
The Houzz report has thirty-two pages of interesting trivia and charts pertaining to current trends relating to home renovations and home buyers. Every home and neighborhood is different so making the decision about whether you should make any home renovations or improvements before you sell your home, is one that is best made with a trusted real estate professional. Read the full report here Schedule a consultation with Melissa.

This post was written by : Melissa O'Connell

List Your Home To Sell – Preparation

List Your Home To Sell The Smart Way

You will be in the best position to sell your home fast and get the highest price if you make your home stand out uniquely from all the other homes for sale in your neighborhood which is why preparation is so important. Buyers are emotional.  Think back to when you were last shopping for a house. Most of us recall walking into a model home and the emotional appeal is makes to move right in. Although there aren’t many new subdivisions in Scottsdale, there are enough remodeled and staged homes that up the competition. List your home the smart way by being prepared.

Here are a few things to get you started in the right direction.

1. Pre-Sale Home Inspection

Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before the buyers arrive and avoid the stress during the inspection period. Buyers are easily overwhelmed by lists of deferred maintenance. Get rid of the objections early in the game and keep your list of repairs from turning away buyers.

2. Organize And Clean

Buyers love to see half empty closets and cabinets that are clean and well organized. Moving your personal items out of your home frees up the space and allows buyers to visualize themselves living in your home. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, seasonal decorations, personal photographs and trinkets, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage. Clean and organize your cabinets and closets. You will be doing this eventually, and sometimes the time between offer and closing can be as little as 40 days.

3. Spruce Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Stand outside of your home and look with the eyes of a Buyer. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Is the landscaping neatly manicured? Is the door clean?  Here are some suggestions to make the best first impression:

  • Hose out the entry that may still show reminders of that last dust storm
  • Clean the front door and repaint or stain if necessary.
  • Clean the exterior light fixture
  • Clean the door bell and replace if broken
  • Buy a new door mat
  • Plant fresh flowers in the pots or planters.

4. Get Estimates for Large Items

Do you have big-ticket items that are worn out or will need to be replaced soon (such your air conditioner/heating, roof or flooring)? A smart seller will get estimates in advance because knowing these figures will be handy and beneficial when negotiations begin.

5. Find Your Warranties

Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the heat pump, security system, garage door opener, washer and dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house.  These can then be put into a special folder to give to the buyer at the close of escrow.

Clean the things that are sometimes overlooked. Clean the little things such as light switches, ceiling fans, door handles, and wood surrounds.  Clean the big things too such as windows, carpets, walls, and baseboards to make the house shine. And don’t forget the appliances.

Obviously, there are many other things to do prior to listing your home for sale, but these suggestions offer a good starting point.


Give us a call and we will help you out.

This post was written by : Melissa O'Connell


What Are ASAP Listings?

When you sign up for ASAP Listings, you will receive an email direct from the MLS "as soon as possible", up to two times per day, but only if there are new or changed listings in your home search.


The listing process works like this: A Realtor® adds a new listing into the MLS during the day. Later that evening the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) send all the new or changed listings to third-party websites (Zillow, Realtor.com, Redfin, etc.). These third-party websites then post and distribute the MLS listings.

  • Buyer A gets a listing email direct from the MLS via ASAP Listings.
  • Buyer B gets a listing email from a third-party website.

Who will be the first buyer to see the newest listing?


Buyer A will receive the listings before Buyer B because Buyer A is receiving the new listings twice a day, direct from the MLS, and Buyer B is waiting for the data to be delivered over to the third-party websites.