How can you make sure the home you build gives you the best returns and appeals to future buyers when you come to sell it? We spoke to Metricon, Design Director, Adrian Popple, for the insider tips.
When dealing in property, it is widely accepted that your location will determine the demographic of your buyers. “Your home will appeal to a broad market if it’s in a desirable suburb and close to major infrastructure, schools, sporting facilities and green spaces,” says Adrian. Check out our Suburb Profiles to help pick the suburb that’s right for you.
“A well-designed home should be adaptable and if possible include rooms that could have multiple purposes, such as turning a sitting room into an office or an additional bedroom,” says Adrian. “An adaptable layout will also appeal to a wider variety of buyers.”
When building you should think of luxury inclusions that will appeal to buyers when it comes time to sell. Suggestions from Adrian to add value include a butler’s pantry or wet bar (which are very popular now); or upmarket fixtures and fittings such as luxury tapware and a feature bath.
As South East Queensland expands, space is becoming a premium — especially close to cities and transport hubs. Maximising space is a must, says Adrian. “A home should have a flexible floor plan that not only includes enough space when you build the home, but it will also appeal to various buyers with different lifestyles. Choose a design with an enhanced sense of space, with areas of the home able to be closed off for privacy, or opened up when it’s time to entertain, giving families plenty of living options. Storage is also another important consideration that potential buyers look at, and this should be maximised in any size of home.”
An energy efficient home will greatly appeal to buyers and future-proof your home with energy efficiency to offset rising power prices. “Smart home automation is almost considered mainstream when building a new home now, with an increasing number of buyers wanting convenience,” reports Adrian. “Home automation already controls security, lighting, heating, sound, windows and smart wiring technology is only going to increase.”
“Choosing an interior with a neutral palette with feature accents will be most appealing to future buyers. It will enable them to add their own personal touch to the home without making a huge financial outlay. The home also won’t be ‘dated’ before its time by using a neutral interiors scheme.”
Open-plan living floor plans have been a design trend for many years now and will suit multiple buyer demographics. In Queensland, it’s essential to have a seamless flow of indoor and outdoor living spaces to enjoy our warm climate and relaxed lifestyle. Outdoor rooms are also extremely popular and this will appeal to buyers as well as adding capital growth to the home.” As most Australians spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, this should be an essential living space in the home, advises Adrian. “Consider how you want to use the outdoor space. Do you want a full kitchen, with cooking facilities, or a lounge and dining area? The outdoor area can be designed to maximise the use of your block of land.”
“Building with a reputable building company will add value to the saleability of your home. Metricon Homes are known as the leading builder in Queensland, and due to our blue-chip brand, real estate agents often use our company name as part of their
sales strategy,” says Adrian.