If you buy or refurbish a property, you want lasting values. Buyers should choose materials that enhance real estate value. Everything that goes beyond exclusive features - such as a significantly above-average technical or architectural features and size - is considered to be upscale. For example, large bathrooms with shower and bathtub, Domotic systems, a gas fireplace, high-quality fitted kitchens, integrated lighting, underfloor heating and noble materials such as natural stone floors or real wood parquet are popular. Luxury areas include such features as a separate utility room, a large spa, many and large windows, living quarters for employees, alarm and security systems or private security service.
High-quality specifications are reflected in the purchase price and contribute to value stability. However, it is important that they remain rather neutral. Exceptional fixtures and fitted kitchens, which are rather tired, are hardly considered attractive for resale. Also, buyers often do not appreciate curtain systems and curtains, which are very expensive. This also applies to exclusive painting or carpeting. It does not matter how high quality they are - they might not be appreciated. It's the same with fancy equipment details. Mural painting or inlay work on wooden floors often have an ideal value for the seller. The purchase value is high and no one is willing to pay these extra costs when buying a home.
Anyone who builds or rebuilds can realise his own home quite to his liking - but make sure you can change things later without much effort. There is a preference for easily changeable specs such as floors, fittings and wall design. Trends change so quickly that such specs need to be updated almost always before a sale. What really counts to the buyer are the "inner values" such as quality insulation, building materials and concealed cables and pipes. It’s expensive and complicated to exchange them.
It may also make sense to prepare your house for future energy and telecommunications technologies. If you want to install a special security system, you should first get competent information about the necessary precautions and the resulting costs. It may also be sensible to plan connections for an air conditioning system or to prepare a separate chimney draft for a fireplace. Such measures make a property very attractive for prospective buyers who can invest in the end equipment without the costly refurbishment of opening walls.
At the top of the list of priorities for many buyers of the baby-boomer generation is also the desire for flexibility: How can the layout be changed as you get older? Are doorways, bathrooms or stairs suitable for seniors? Others want to prevent permanently rising electricity costs and therefore wish to have solar systems on the roof.
What are the current megatrends? The trend in thermal insulation and facade is constantly moving towards ecological and sustainable building materials. The walk-in shower with glass partition, designer freestanding bathtubs and open bathrooms are almost standard. Kitchens have predominantly white high gloss fronts in combination with oak or natural stone and the handles are integrated.
Exteriors are designed nowadays a lot with rocks and pebbles. Whether paths, terraces or walls: natural stone pebbles in combination with grasses and shrubs are timeless and aesthetically attractive. Also very popular are mature gardens, in particular, local plants that need little water and grow quickly play a great role in the resale value. For new buildings, it is recommended to plant quickly growing hedges. Not only does it create a green atmosphere straight away, but it also offers the privacy most buyers desire. A pond, jacuzzi or pool is a must-have these days.
In a nutshell, higher-quality materials are more durable and often visually appealing and can, therefore, be regarded as a long-term investment. Basically, homeowners should ask this simple question: "How does the majority of buyers perceive my property?" The overall package must be a fit.