While a good developer will offer great included features, most homebuyers have an understanding that a few select options can personalize their home and help it stand-out and increase resale value. The trick is to find that perfect blend of value and affordability – and we have a few suggestions.
The following options tend to give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to enjoying your home and making sure it’s attractive to future buyers.
Homebuyers tend to focus on the design elements when they think about upgrades in the kitchen. They want granite or quartz countertops, a beautiful tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. The cabinetry, though, is more important than any other feature because it’s the one element that’s difficult and expensive to change later. For a more modern look, consider a two-tone design with different colours for the upper and lower cabinets.
Many developers consider tall cabinets and deep pots-and-pans drawers to be options. These are a good investment.
Consider looks and durability when choosing flooring. People often think they want to upgrade to hardwood floors because they give homes that classic look. However, covering even just the main living area with hardwood can significantly increase the budget. Hardwood floors are also susceptible to damage. If you do choose hardwood, make sure to choose the hardest wood possible and plan to care for it properly.
Laminate flooring can be an affordable choice that gives your home the same look as hardwood while offering better durability. LVP, or luxury vinyl plank, also offers a hardwood pattern look and has excellent durability, especially if you have pets in the home.
The included lighting in a home tends to be well placed with fixtures that offer sufficient light for any given room. Track lighting in the kitchen can help light up every nook and cranny. Keep in mind, some developers include designer lighting packages in every model they build!
Certain rooms high-traffic and entertaining areas are a great place to consider some options. Not only will a statement light help you personalize your home, it will also add to its overall value.
Bathroom and Ensuite Details
The advantage of a new home is that the master ensuite has become so popular most developers simply offer it as a standard feature. However, there usually are some options to consider to personalize this room. For instance, some popular bathroom options are changing the tub to a walk-in shower and matching the vanity counter top with the kitchen quartz countertops.
Increased Living Space
There’s no doubt increased living space will boost the value of your home. Rather than purchasing a bigger home for your family, consider finishing the lower level. It’s usually more affordable to build a 1,500 square foot home with 600 additional square feet in the basement than it would be to build a 2,100 square foot home. Many developers offer lower level floor plans that include an additional bedroom, bathroom and living area.
The best options are ones that give the home an upgraded look while adding functionality. Prices vary greatly between developers, so it’s important to compare costs carefully. At StreetSide, for instance, we offer many inclusions that others would consider as options. Come check out our show homes to get a better look at the quality we offer.