The decision is set, get yourself a Condo! You then walk in the door and you are instantly presented with a list of materials, color pallets, and possible upgrades. What kind of flooring do I want? Which light fixtures will work best? What kind of appliances? You then take a quick breather to check the total amount presented in dollar signs. Upgrades good enough? You then ask yourself one final question before saying the magic ‘yes’ to the seller, “Are all these upgrades going to make the difference?”
As a tip, not all upgrades are worth the money you pay for them. But, some upgrades from the standard features will make a huge impact in the overall look and feel of a condo and not to mention, increase the resale value. Doing diligent research will guide you to choose wisely from all of the selections presented.
Often, people start by choosing the color and then match everything to it. Not a bad idea, but it is better to choose a color last to complement other permanent selections such as cabinetry, flooring, and counter tops. As a suggestion, it is good to start with the flooring and the cabinetry. Condos have smaller spaces than houses and keeping the flooring consistent throughout the home will have a finer visual flow and a feeling of a wider space.
After you have finalized all the add-ons and upgrades, the next thing you have to consider is resale value. Stainless steel, granite countertops and hardwood flooring are all elements that buyers are attracted to and smart upgrades to invest in making sure that your personal selections appeal to a broad range of styles and personal tastes. As a tip, spend about 5% of your total budget on upgrades in order for you to maximize your return on investment.
If you are a bit hesitant, consider hiring professional help. They have the eye for details, colors, arrangements, and for other key elements that work well in particular areas. This decision may actually help you save money if you are undecided about all the options presented to you and help you understand what upgrades will increase the value of your condo. A designer who is familiar with the builder’s finishes is the best person to ask which upgrades, options or finishes will bring out an outstanding look and feel for the lowest possible cost.
Whether you’re looking for a finished condo or one that you can put the finishing touches on…Haury & Smith Contractors is here to help with your needs!