Building a custom home with resale in mind

02 Dec 2022 - Design-Build

It’s a space built for you and to reflect you. From the fully equipped espresso bar made for morning latte art to the high-end home theatre perfect for family movie nights, building a custom home is the time to realize everything you’ve ever wanted in your dream home.

But as Canadians often move homes, it’s important to think about how you can future-proof the space that is uniquely yours with thoughtful design features that boost its resale value.

What design improvements will increase the value of your home, and how important is the resale value when building a custom home? Here’s what you need to know.

Future-proof your home with energy efficiency updates

Sustainable homes are the future. While you can find green builds that feature rammed earth walls and straw bale construction, traditional custom home builders favour energy-efficient designs.

With government mandates to require new homes to be net-zero energy ready by 2032, building a custom home with energy efficiency in mind will help make your home more desirable when it comes time to sell.

Green features like a geothermal heat pump, water-saving toilets and faucets, triple-pane windows, solar panels and superior wall and ceiling insulation not only have a tremendous impact on your energy usage but may improve the resale value of your custom home as well.

To further incentivize the push for sustainable homes, the provincial government offers seasonal rebates to homeowners to help cover the initial investment of these green products.

Implement design choices that appeal to a broader market

What adds the most value to a home in 2022? When building a custom home and thinking about resale value, opt for timeless designs. Create bright and inviting spaces full of natural light and open floor plans that promote accessibility. High ceilings, designer kitchens, and thoughtful considerations that highlight the strengths of your natural surroundings can all add value to your home.

As many people continue to work from home, creating dedicated spaces within your open floor plan will help you and future buyers make the most of the space. Consider having open common areas, such as kitchens made for entertaining and great rooms designed around feature walls and fireplaces, as well as quiet working and unwinding spaces.

Looking for ways to truly make the home your own? Flex and bonus rooms are the perfect way to create space for your high-end home brewery while still allowing potential buyers to reimagine the space for their custom game room or additional home office.

Find the right place when building a custom home

Investing in a good plot of land is a great way to ensure future resale value. In the Okanagan, waterfront real estate and lots with a view are at a premium. Whether you find the perfect location on Okanagan Lake with room for a private beach and boat launch or a quiet field surrounded by apple orchards, good land always holds its value.

At Bellamy Homes, we have decades of experience building simply beautiful custom homes in the Okanagan. We know how to work with your lot to capitalize on its strengths and build something special.

Ask yourself how likely you are to sell soon

It’s good to think ahead, but if you plan on staying in your custom home for more than eight years, design trends will change, and the new homeowners will anticipate the need for renovations. If that’s you, keep resale value in mind but prioritize your dream of the perfect home.

If you’re ready to start building a custom home that has everything you’ve always wanted, we’re here to help design and build a home that’s perfect for you and your future buyers. Reach out to us online or call us at 778-940-7803 to get started.