Deciding which upgrades are worth it

Deciding which upgrades are worth it

Have you thought about value-added upgrades for your new build or renovation? One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is treating added features as an afterthought; or, things to consider once the build is complete. However, by incorporating upgrades in your initial plans, you can address issues of practicality while maximizing the return on your investment.


Retroactively landscaping can result in running into a number of problems. Designing your landscape as an extension of the home, rather than a completely isolated feature, you may find that the total elements of the project come together in a more aesthetic way. There are also practical considerations to integrating basic landscaping, including:
  • A landscape that is pre-plumbed and ready for water systems
  • Reduce HVAC costs
  • Ready-made outdoor living spaces
  • Weatherproof your landscape against stormwater and flooding
  • Create child-friendly spaces
  • Plan for planting and sowing in spring
Living & Practical Spaces
The rooms that require the most attention when it comes to upgrades should include your bathrooms and kitchens. They are the spaces that your family will use the most as far as practicality. The upgrades that you consider for your functional spaces will add huge value to your home, should you ever decide to sell. Some of the elements that will give your home a competitive edge may include:
  • Floor to ceiling tiling in the bathroom
  • Designer fittings such as taps and rails
  • A freestanding bath
  • Timeless vanities and countertops
  • Durable and hardwearing finishes
If you want to make an investment in your home that will last, consider upgrading the flooring throughout. Installing upgraded flooring after the fact is an expensive project that requires considerable renovations. This is especially true when installing new flooring in a kitchen with a lot of appliances and cabinetry.
Installing a Swimming Pool
If you opt to install a swimming pool before work on your new build commences it will take away much of the pain involved in acquiring permits and preparing the site. Once the main property has been completed, installing a swimming pool will involve tearing up your landscape and dealing with access problems.
The upside of installing a pool is that they do add considerable value to a property. Splashing out on a luxury, heated pool gives a property curb appeal and having this feature added during the initial build will likely reduce installation costs.

Power Outlets

When you are planning your home it is important to consider additional power outlets and other connection points. In the modern age where technology is growing at an alarming pace, Wi-Fi repeaters are a useful tool for getting signal around the home. It also makes sense to consider adding power and sound connection outlets points for outside living.

Practical Storage

Taking extra time to plan your storage to meet the needs of you and your family will save you a lot of future stress. Storage areas should be located with practicality in mind. The shorter the distance between where items are used and where they are stored the better.

Take your Time

When planning a new build, take the time to ensure you are getting exactly what you want in a home. You don’t have to include every upgrade conceivable but you may regret not stepping back and at least considering all your options. If you have the space and budget for all the elements that you want, it’s a worthwhile investment in your home’s future.
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