How to Optimize Resale Value When Building a Custom Home

It might seem unnatural to start thinking about selling your new custom home amid the building process. However, that’s precisely what you should be doing if your goal is to sell the home for a reasonable profit eventually.

Thinking about selling your house during the development phase is a good idea if increasing savings and boosting profitability are top priorities. Remember, it’s far easier to add features proven to improve your home’s resale value during the construction process rather than years into homeownership. Additionally, it’s also a more affordable way to guarantee an influx of buyers when you put up that for-sale sign.

Before you finalize your house plans, you need to contemplate how to increase your home’s potential value without breaking the proverbial bank. Hopefully, the following suggestions will help you make the right decisions.

Choose high-quality windows and window coverings

You should never underestimate the impact windows will have on your home. Because they act as a source of protection against harsh weather conditions, they’ll need to be durable and of higher quality. If your home is in an area susceptible to hurricanes, tornados, brutal rainstorms, etc., you should bump high-quality windows up your list of priorities.

Along with protecting your home’s residents from wind, hail, and harsh rains, windows play a pivotal role in your home’s temperature control. Properly fitted, high-quality windows can result in electric savings during your region’s hot and cold months.

Unfortunately, it’s not enough to handpick the highest-quality windows off the shelves. Window coverings matter as well. These window dressings certainly add value if they match the rest of your home’s decor and can add a sense of elegance to every room from the inside out.

Focus on the kitchen

While family members might spend less time in the kitchen than the living room, the kitchen is still an essential part of your custom home. The time you and the family spend there is often geared towards more than preparing food. For many households, the kitchen area is a hub for quality family conversation and the backdrop for holiday celebrations, like Thanksgiving dinner.

 

With that said, today’s homeowners tend to use the kitchen for a multitude of other reasons. If the room has adequate space and the proper design, it’s an ideal place for hanging out and entertaining friends. Given the steadily increasing popularity of home entertaining, future buyers will search for properties with designs conducive to dinner parties, birthday parties, book club meetings, etc.

Therefore, it might be beneficial to look at your kitchen from a different perspective. Remember, the kitchen area is a high-traffic space with a lot of hustle and bustle, meaning this room should be spacious and have state-of-the-art appliances with a floor plan that screams efficiency. Confer with your designer to ensure buyer satisfaction, especially if this custom home is an investment property.

Choose energy-efficient materials and appliances

Like it or not, the world is moving quickly towards green living. Due to climate change’s ravaging effects, everyone should assume responsibility to lead lifestyles geared towards energy efficiency and environmental cleanliness.

If you project that you’ll sell your custom home three to five years down the road, eco-friendly living will probably be more prominent than today. You can do your part by insisting that your builder use energy-efficient materials. To do your part, you can also handpick energy-efficient appliances, such as eco-conscious heating and air conditioning units, refrigerators, freezers, and lighting fixtures. Reduce your carbon footprint and appeal to eco-friendly buyers by taking this step during the construction process.

Hardwood flooring makes the home

In recent years, homeowners have distanced themselves from carpeting in favor of other flooring options. While tile flooring is still incredibly popular, most custom home builders lean towards hardwood floors.

In living rooms and dining areas, hardwood flooring gives the room a sense of elegance. Besides enhancing your living spaces’ appearance, hardwood is a practical solution due to its improved durability and the manufacturer warranties that will last the homeowner’s lifetime. As for adding value to your home, people still react in awe when they see a home filled with high-quality hardwood floors.

Remember to keep your region’s climate in mind when choosing your flooring. In humid, hot areas, tile and hardwood floorings would be preferable.

Master bedroom: the bigger, the better

At the end of a busy day, working professionals need a designated space to escape from everyday household chaos, i.e., screaming children, clanking pots and pans, barking dogs, etc. To ensure your potential buyers have a relaxing sleeping oasis, you’ll need to design a master suite fit for kings and queens.

As you design your master suite, you need to keep in mind that the real value lies in two things. Firstly, homeowners always enjoy having a private balcony, patio, or sitting area to curl up with a good book or listen to music.

To optimize your resale value, current property owners can recoup your costs if they design the master bath like a spa. There’s something about having home access to a jacuzzi bath and sauna that makes buyers offer well above the asking price.

In summary

Adopting a thinking-one-step-ahead mindset will serve a homeowner in the long-run. While a living-in-the-moment lifestyle lends itself to a series of benefits, when it comes to building a custom home, you’ll need to factor in the needs of your potential buyers.