Building An Outer Banks Home to Maintain Its Worth
When you build your own Outer Banks home, you not only want to build the home of your dreams, you want to build a home that maintains its value. In this article, we’ll investigate factors that affect the value of your property and how to keep it as valuable as possible for resale or future generations.
Location, Location, Location
Obviously, location will be a factor, and your first thought should be to investigate the location of the property. For instance, if property is available on the first and third tier of the beach development, research the history of resale value of both, as it may be worth spending a few extra dollars now to get a higher price later.
On the Outer Banks, that are areas such as Corolla that are known for higher-end construction. Down in Hatteras, property values fluctuate considerably depending on the height of the lot (due to possible floods). Investigate this with a qualified realtor before moving forward.
Designing An Outer Banks House that Keeps its Value
Design of a beach house is everything but design should not be complicated and important features should include:
- Solar energy for basic functions
- Energy efficient building envelope
- Geothermal system
- Radiant heating system
- windows should be everywhere
These are all important features in a home and ones that will add resale value.
Garages Are A Big Deal
Another feature in a beach home that makes for great resale value is oversize garages. While you may not be thinking much about the garage, it is a very valuable area in a home, especially a beach house as there is often quite a bit of recreational materials to store, plus the everyday, tools, ladders and so on. Make certain that you put the time and thought into your garage and definitely expand the size.
Landscaping and Leisure Features
For a beach home, you should definitely considered places to sit outside and enjoy the peaceful breeze as fundamental. This includes landscaping and other leisure features.
Your view and landscaping is going to mean a lot and you should have the home situated with the best ocean view possible from the property.
Items such as:
Make a great impact on resale value.
Kitchens, Closets, and Fireplaces?
Kitchens are the next spot and the kitchen should be modern with lots of room for gathering and socializing. Islands are a definitely plus, counter space (and, lots of it) and double sinks preferably situated under a window, are all great for resale value. Also, a walk-in pantry is something that every home should have.
Other important features in a beach home are linen closets, a broom or utility closet, a foyer or front hall closet, and a back door closet.
Last, no beach home would be complete without the romance of a fireplace or even two. Consider a fireplace in whatever rooms you can add one- the bedroom, family room, back yard patio, just wherever you might be able to include a fireplace, as this is a feature that definitely adds to the value of a home.