Adding Value

Which items will add value to your home and help with resale when the time comes to sell?

The answer is: “Only the ones that future buyers will also want and be willing to pay for.”

As a general rule, choosing the functional over the merely cosmetic and choosing neutral over unusual or exotic will pay at resale. Taste and current trends can also affect the value of an update. Unusual colors have a limited appeal.

Which updates will add the most value to your home?

  • Updates that increase usable space (an extra bathroom, larger and/or upgraded kitchen, master bedroom suite, more closet space, conversion of unused space to a home office).
  • Updates that will lighten and brighten your rooms (white or light color paint and floor coverings, light woods, skylights, larger windows, French doors).
  • Updates that will open your home to the outdoors for fresh air and entertaining (French doors to the patio or garden).
  • Updates that will increase privacy and security (fencing, landscaping).
Current Homes for Sale
Santa Cruz County
City # Price Range
Aptos Homes 98 $314k - $5.3m
Capitola Homes 32 $80k - $4.9m
Rio Del Mar / Seascape Homes 58 $430k - $5.2m
Santa Cruz Events 244 $45k - $35.0m
Santa Cruz Homes 244 $45k - $35.0m
Santa Cruz Real Estate 244 $45k - $35.0m
Monterey County
City # Price Range
$0-$300000 298 $280k - $5.8m
Alta Mesa-Monterey 298 $280k - $5.8m
Big Sur Homes 8 $1.2m - $8.5m
Carmel Homes 237 $179k - $12.0m
Fishermans Flats 298 $280k - $5.8m
Glenwood Circle Monterey 298 $280k - $5.8m
Monterey Homes For Sale 298 $280k - $5.8m
Oak Grove Monterey 298 $280k - $5.8m
Old Town Monterey 298 $280k - $5.8m
Pebble Beach Homes 89 $775k - $40.0m
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