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The Best Home Improvements

105557599When you’re custom building your dream home, you have so many different aspects you need to consider. Perhaps one of the most important is whether the features you’re installing in your new home are actually worth what they’ll cost you. While some home improvements may seem like a great idea at the time, it’s also possible that some may backfire, and they may not pay off in the long run.

Southstar Communities wants you to build the home of your dreams. We also want you to live in and enjoy your special home as long as possible. But just being realistic, most of us will someday find ourselves in a position where we need to sell. Whether it’s from job changes, health changes, or life changes, and whether those are positive or negative, it’s just a fact of life. So when you’re considering whether to invest in some fancy features you love, you also need to think: Will this be worth what it costs to another, future potential buyer?

As a general rule, potential buyers tend to look with the most scrutiny at kitchens, bathrooms and master bedrooms. These three things are the key players that can pay for themselves not only in livability, but also in resale. While kitchens are expensive to modernize and improve, they’re usually worth it. In fact, kitchens are one of the most important factors most buyers consider when they purchase a home. Bathrooms can also really identify the character and overall look and feel of a home. A good combination of bathrooms can make or break the appeal of a house, so remodeling or improving a bathroom can definitely bring you a really good return on your investment. And the master bedroom tends to be the home’s inner sanctum. It needs to be comfortable, livable, and private. Upscale potential buyers take a long, hard look at kitchens, bathrooms, and master bedrooms before they can commit to a home.

A few other features that potential buyers may prefer are outside porches or decks, original windows updated with more efficient and attractive replacements, tile floors, and possibly a basement. All of these are factors that buyers will be looking at closely as they tour your house. Be sure these features send the messages that you intend.

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