Regardless of how long you've owned your home, it's vital that you put work into it so prospective buyers will see the value you want them to. These are some of the best ways to design and build for the future if you want to boost your home’s resale value.
1. Remember Energy Efficiency In Every Step
Energy efficiency is one of the most important things buyers are looking for in 2023. The aesthetic of the home matters, but more people are looking for lower monthly costs, and avoiding a high energy bill is part of that.
When you install or update your windows or doors, take the time to ensure they’re as sealed to the frame as possible. Once you install them, you can quickly check for air leaks by walking by with a lit candle or hanging string to see if they move in the current.
Update your HVAC system when it needs it, and invest in enough insulation to keep your home at a comfortable and flat temperature.
2. Use Materials That Can Handle the Heat
Wildfires and record-breaking hot summers have become a norm in recent years, so it’s vital that you create a property that’s able to handle any heat that’s thrown at it. For some properties in dryer areas, this could mean fire-resistant roofing. This will protect your roof and home from any fires that are going by trees or by neighboring homes.
It’s vital to consider your siding and the distance your home is from any greenery. Keep all trees at least their full-grown height in the space away from your home. This will save you from a lot of trouble that could come on from storms or fire.
3. Create Built-In Storage in Every Room
Storage is everything in America. Almost a third of people in this country rent or own storage that’s not part of their main property, so building it into the home can save them a lot of trouble and frustration down the road. Buyers are eager to grab properties that give them room to grow into them instead of struggling to find room for items immediately after moving in.
4. Use Natural Appearing Materials for Aesthetic Value
Natural-appearing materials have become incredibly popular in the last couple of years, with people reaching for natural-toned wood and stone veneer interior walls. Although this is usually a matter of personal taste, it’s become a trend that’s hard to avoid or ignore. After the all-white kitchens that were king through the 2010s, natural wood, and more earthy tones are taking over this space.
These can also add elegance and luxury to a space that otherwise would seem like a blank canvas begging for change. It’s worth the investment.
5. Fight Back Against Noise Pollution
Noise is one of the most distracting sensations we have and can make a huge difference in how we experience any room or building. If you live in a busy neighborhood, or your home has loud neighbors or construction nearby, it’s going to pour directly into your property if you’re not prepared for it.
Adding details like acoustic wall panels will chase away the sound and distraction while also ensuring that the conversations you have stay within the room you have them. This can make any property feel like it’s miles away from its location without having to make a huge investment.
6. Install Exterior Lighting for Looks and Security
Keeping your property safe and attractive from every angle can be achieved in one change! To do this, put in exterior lighting that’s aimed at your home and siding while not getting directed into windows or doorways.
Nobody will feel secure breaking in or scoping out your property when they’re standing in the spotlight. There are eco-friendly low energy consumption options that use solar power to achieve this, although they are slightly more expensive. Don’t be afraid to shop around.
7. Keep Water Away From Your Home
Water is extremely destructive, so while building or remodeling, it’s vital that you stop and think about how rain, flooding, moisture, or condensation is going to interact with your property. If you see a lot of standing water, it’s time to install trenches and other ways to guide water down and away from your home.
Using waterproof paint throughout the property and the proper tiles and grout in areas like kitchens and bathrooms can also make a huge impact on your home’s longevity.
Create a Property That’s Worth Its Weight in Gold
Every property is different, but as a homeowner, it’s your duty to work with a company like Bridge to Brow Property Group, whose agents can give you tips and help to guide you through the process of creating something buyers will love. Your house could be someone’s dream home with a little work!
Sam Willis is a freelance writer that loves sharing his knowledge and expertise on real estate. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he enjoys spending time with his wife and researching real estate trends in his free time. Sam’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisor, a new construction industry resource site.