Many of our homeowners find that there are features and upgrades they would like to add to the construction of their new custom home on Long Beach Island, but aren’t sure if it will add to the future resale value of their home. From our experience with home values on LBI there are definitely features that will make a home more desirable to future buyers than others. There are also some features that can be added after closing, but others that are easier and more cost effective to add during construction. Here are some of our recommendations for the top features that will add value to your new custom home on LBI.
The kitchen is the heart of the home.
There has never been a truer statement than this. Kitchens are the most popular room in any home and the place where your family and your guests congregate. So, it is a great place to add upgrades that will add value as well as enjoyment. Many of our homebuyers select upgrades on to include features like cabinet drawer systems (soft close drawer slides) and mouldings, larger center islands with storage, wine chillers or a second oven. In addition, energy efficient high end appliances are a great consideration for any custom home.
Are you walking on sunshine?
The second best feature to upgrade is your flooring. Hardwood flooring has never been more popular and the choices are vast. From traditional flooring like durable oak to a more environmentally conscious bamboo, upgrading your home’s flooring to hardwood is never a bad investment. Kitchen and bath flooring are also great places to invest your budget with quality tile and some even add radiant heating to increase comfort and luxury for tiled areas. You can read our article for more details on the different types of tile to choose for your home.
Curb appeal can make or break a home sale.
We’ve all heard the term “curb appeal” but what does it mean? Curb appeal is the first impression a potential buyer gets from your home’s exterior. It can determined if they are impressed and if they will want to see the inside. The exterior materials you choose for your home can add a lot of value. We have many homeowners who have upgraded to things like natural cedar siding, which is a classic look for homes on LBI. It requires regular maintenance, but is truly beautiful and desirable. Garage door upgrades, decks & screened porches can all add to the value of your home and are important features buyers in our area demand.
You light up my life.
The lighting you choose for your home can have a profound effect on your resale value, but it’s a feature that is often overlooked. If your home is not properly lit on the outside, as well as the inside it can really turn buyers off. We recommend that you pay special attention to areas like under cabinet lighting, bathroom lighting, and outdoor security lighting, which can all be dark without the proper lighting. Relatively new to the lighting market are things like energy efficient LED lighting (even for popular recessed lighting) that provides a variety of lighting options while helping to decrease your energy bill. A new trend in lighting are door-jam switches, which turn the lights on and off when you open or close the door. These are great for closets, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Adding door-jam switches can alleviate fumbling for light switches in the dark, as well as helping to conserve energy by switching off the light when a door is closed as you leave the room.
These are just a few of our homebuyer favorites for features and upgrades that can add value to your new custom home on Long Beach Island. Our team has been building homes on LBI for 23 years and advances in technology, new products, and trending features can be challenging to keep up with, but we are always on top of the latest materials for new homes. Attention to detail in your home is crucial to each of our team members. If you are thinking of building a new home on LBI, or need help finding property, contact us today!