Creative Upgrade Ideas
For owners who are contemplating some major upgrades with an eye to eventually selling a home, there’s always the question of where to do the upgrading. Last year, the National Association of Home Builders weighed in with a study of what today’s home buyer “really want”—which supplies some guidance that may be helpful.
Although the findings aren’t directly applicable for every home, the concepts that were cited as most popular can be informative, particularly to creative-minded homeowners ready to take a fresh look at how they might add allure and value to their property.
While the kitchen remains the top location for upgrades, there are several other valuable options for adding appeal in other areas of your home.
A Drop Zone is designer-speak for any area that conveniently serves as a catch-all utility area. As such, it can be just about the most cost-effective upgrade for owners selling a home because many prospective buyers recognize their value. Such spaces can be customized for use as laundry rooms, mudrooms, or areas where children can store backpacks and coats.
Open Plan Family Area & Kitchen
While many upgrade preferences are regional, one that continues to hold appeal across the board is the creation of an open area where family and friends can congregate. Whether it’s part of an eventual campaign for selling a home, or simply to accommodate your family’s appreciation of the property, it’s worth considering an upgrade that would result in creating more of an open, airy multi-use area.
Master Bedroom as Retreat
When it does come to selling ahome, one of the most alluring investments an owner can make is to transform the master bedroom from a ho-hum bed-and-dresser into a welcoming sanctuary. Some design specifics to help achieve that effect:
Lighting improvements, like recessed fixtures and wall sconces
Upgraded ceilings and moldings
Walk-in master closet
Custom-designed storage multipliers (like tilt-out bins and pull-down racks)
Master Bathroom as Spa
Transforming a master bath to include spa attributes is increasingly popular (when you think about it, it’s really a continuation of the master bedroom/retreat idea). Selling a home today means anticipating the value many buyers place on bathroom upgrades—like separating bath and shower, and upgrading tile floors.
If you are weighing remodeling choices—especially if you suspect you’ll be selling yourhome in the future—give me a call. I’ll be happy to consult about the alternatives, and which are most likely to maximize your property’s resale appeal!
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