Building a new home? 5 upgrades that are totally worth it

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Five upgrades that will boost your home’s livability and resale value

You’re sure to be faced with a list of optional extras when you decide to build your home. While it’s tempting to jump in with both feet, you should only put your money where it counts. Here are five upgrades that will boost your home’s livability and resale value. 

Many first time owners and investors are looking to build new homes rather than buying existing properties. It can be a savvy step for first timers in the property market, with affordable packages and options available across Australia. 

Most house and land packages come with a sweep of optional extras, allow you to design a space that meets your specifications. And while it can be tempting to take all of the upgrades, keep in mind that sometimes it’s best to save the dosh and do it yourself. 

Think about whether or not the upgrade will be used, will it be high maintenance and, most importantly, will the next owner love it as much as you? Here are five optional extras that you should definitely invest in to create a home that’s comfortable and versatile. 

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Sustainable features

Sustainability is at the forefront of many industries as producers and consumers think about the lasting effects of their decisions. The property market is no exception. It’s important to build sustainably not only to be a little more environmentally friendly, but also to create a home that is more cost effective. 

When looking through your list of upgrades, it will pay off in the long run to splurge on extras such as insulation, doors, solar panels and double glazing. These can make heating and cooling your home more efficient, which means money in your pocket when it comes time to pay the bills. 

There are plenty of other ways you can make your home more sustainable, including recycled building materials, rainwater tanks and floorplan orientations. 

The right flooring

You may not put much thought into what’s under your feet, but flooring is quite possibly the most used feature of any home. I mean, just think about how much you walk around the house! 

Because your flooring is likely to get a lot of … traffic, it pays to invest into higher quality options. 

Not only will this give your home more aesthetic appeal, it can save you from costly replacements in the near future. 

If you’re opting for carpet, think about upgrading the carpet and the pad. Aside from looking and feeling better, it can help keep your home warmer in cooler climates. Wood is another great choice because it’s long lasting both in terms of design and durability. Budget friendly laminate options are also available, that provide the right look without the pricetag. 

The kitchen

There’s a reason why the kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. Not only do many families spend a ton of time in this space, but a well-designed kitchen can add mega resale value. Investing more money here is smart.

Think about incorporating materials that are beautiful, functional and durable. You should pay particular attention to features such as your benches and appliances, and choose the best option you can get within your budget. The goal is to create a space that will stand the test of time, so you won’t have to spend on renovations down the track.   


Where you can upgrade to add additional storage, you should definitely opt in. It helps to create a space that is easy to live in and more appealing when it comes time to sell. 

You’re probably wondering how you can upgrade to add storage. Well, this one ties in to all areas of the home. For example, when building your kitchen (see above), think about your cabinetry. Choose the best option within budget that will make the most of the space and provide you with ample storage. Consider extending those cupboards all the way up to the ceiling, or upgrading open shelves.

Another great example is a carport or garage. If you have the chance to upgrade to add one on to your home, you should seriously consider it. It adds value to your home and provides more flexibility in terms of storage. 

Outdoor living

One of the perks of owning a home is having a little extra space all to yourself, and adding an outdoor living area is the perfect way to enjoy that space. Plus, more and more buyers are looking for homes that include outdoor areas. 
As with all upgrades, you’ll want to stick within budget, but make sure you include a covered area where you can sit, relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends. It’s just one of the many ways you can boost the appeal of your garden

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