As a homeowner, enlisting a contractor to transform the look and function of your home can turn a drab space into a personalized oasis. However, not all home upgrades are made equal. If you plan to sell your home in the near future, you should consider making design and renovation decisions that will help your home sell faster, for more money:
Installing a Pool
If you’re an avid swimmer, you are more than welcome to install a pool. However, you must beware that home pools do not have a very attractive return on investment, often barely paying for their own cost. This is because some buyers are afraid of the safety risk, while others just don’t want to deal with the hassle and expense of maintaining a pool. When you factor in the maintenance and possible repair costs, a home pool doesn’t make a tremendous amount of sense for the pocket book. This is especially true in a city like Calgary, where the prime swimming season is relatively short. What should you do instead? Buy a hot tub that you can take with you when you move. Spend the money you saved on a deck, which has great ROI.
Your contractor will be happy to bring any design decision to life, but you should be careful if your dream kitchen includes polka dot countertops and neon orange cabinets. Even if you invested a lot of money and time transforming a kitchen or bathroom into your ideal room, with imported tiles from Italy and custom millwork, it might not impress potential buyers. Instead, they’ll be thinking of all the time and money they have to spend undoing your work. Upgrade your home, but if you plan to sell soon then go for designs that appeal to a broader group of people.
People have some basic expectations when their house hunting. A typical home has two bathrooms, three bedrooms, and garage space. Removing a bedroom to create a massive master suite may make sense for you, but you’ve just cut the number of bedrooms by 33 percent. If you plan on moving in the near future, don’t make conversions with such large consequences.
At Tri-Link Builders, we’ll help you come up with design plans that fulfill your dreams, but also keep your house viable on the real estate market should you decide to sell in the future. Let’s work together to create a beautiful space that makes a house a home.