Home Improvement Construction: Building Materials that Add Value
When planning construction for home improvement, use the kinds of durable building materials that will add value to your property. Some features of a home need to be both functional and of high quality, but buying the most expensive plumbing materials or roofing your home with tile won’t necessarily be a selling point. It is important to know where to put your money and effort. Three areas of your home that you should focus on to raise its value are the kitchen, bathrooms and exterior.
The kitchen is the center of any home, whether it’s just you and your family or you are hosting a party. For this reason, it is important to invest in quality and attractive building materials when laying it out. A potential buyer may overlook a minor blemish elsewhere if the kitchen really impresses them. Some of the more popular additions to a kitchen include:
- Granite countertops
- Coordinating stainless steel appliances
- Island counter
- Plenty of light
- Ample cabinet space
It is likely that a potential buyer will first visit the kitchen when looking at your home. Aside from the initial glance outside, it is the first interior impression your home will make. Investing in quality granite countertops to replace Formica is a wise choice, as is adding a skylight to increase light. Appliances should be up to date, and most importantly they should match. A quality kitchen remodel is probably the best thing you can do to improve the value of your home.
As a way to recoup most if not all of your investment, adding or updating your home’s bathrooms is nearly as important as the kitchen. The number of bathrooms your home has is certainly important. Adding a half bath or two if there is space will pay off in the long run. Likewise, if you can add a master bath, you can expect to generate the interest of buyers. When renovating or adding bathrooms, maintain your home’s décor without looking for an inexpensive alternative. Amenities such as skylights, tile floors, low-flow toilets and pedestal sinks all increase a home’s worth, but make sure it fits in with the design.
Exterior and Landscape
A third area where you should focus on using quality building materials is the home’s exterior and landscaping. This is what a potential buyer will first see. You need not replace the asphalt shingles on the roof with expensive tiles, but the siding, molding, shutters, eaves and porch should all be well painted and done right. Double pane, insulated windows are not only a nice touch, but they will lead to energy savings. Your driveway, stairs and walkways should be repaved if cracked and broken up. Attractive bricks or pavers are a nice alternative.
The landscaping is also very important. Low maintenance plants can help with resale as well as clean, orderly garden beds with a fresh layer of topsoil or mulch. Old, overgrown shrubs can be replaced with a stone wall available in a variety of attractive materials.
Selecting quality building materials will go a long way in helping the resale of your home. Even if you have to spend quite a bit more, consider it a good investment. When remodeled smartly, certain areas of the home like the kitchen and bathrooms almost always see a near-full recoup of the investment. Additionally, investing in the home’s exterior is important, as that is the first thing a potential buyer sees. If you are considering selling your home, it pays to add to its value with quality building materials.