Look for design flexibility
Make sure you look for a builder who offers flexible, modern house designs. If you’re planning on staying in the home you build for a number of years, you should think about how you can repurpose certain rooms further down the track, and look for designs that offer flexibility. For example, a playroom could be changed into a teenage retreat, or a kid’s bedroom could be turned into a home office or guest room. Consider the placement of the bathrooms carefully. Are they where they need to be when you repurpose certain rooms in the future? What design elements will make your life easier? Wide hallways are easier to navigate, while open plan living gives you more flexibility for the future.
Go for classics inside and out
Styling and design that’s ‘on trend’ might look great now, but as fashions change you can end up with something that looks very outdated. Choosing a timeless, classic look and feel will save you the cost of having to remodel or redecorate in the future. This also applies to the façade of your home. First impressions are everything, so it’s important to create street appeal with a classic colour palette and complementary landscaping.
Choose your land carefully
Many home buyers believe that the physical characteristics of their home alone will lead to increased property value. But in reality, the land it’s built on is just as crucial to the value of your property. Understanding how prospective land values influence property returns allows you to make better choices. Land appreciates because it is limited in supply. This means that as the population increases, so does the demand for land, driving the price up over time. So it pays to do some research into the location and potential of the land you’re considering before you purchase and start building. Historically, land that’s close to schools, hospitals, shopping, public transport and other amenities tends to rise in value more than blocks of land without these facilities nearby. If you’re looking at land in a newly developed community, make sure you check out the master plan first to ensure that you will have access to these amenities in the future.
Helping you create the perfect future-proof home
If you’re looking to build a future-proof home, Hallmark Homes have a huge range of flexible house designs that will ensure you’ll be able to live the lifestyle you want, both now and in the future. At Hallmark, we know that creating a cohesive look for your new home is vital, as it can add enormous value to your greatest asset. At Select by Hallmark, our expert consultants will personally guide you through all of your colour selections, ensuring that everything you choose works together seamlessly, both inside and out. They will also help you make smart choices when it comes to appliances, finishes, fixtures, cabinetry, plus much more.
If you’re thinking of building a new home in South-East Queensland, our friendly team is ready to help. Come and visit one of our display centres for yourself or check out our virtual tours and house plans from the comfort of your own home. If you have any questions about our single storey, double storey, acreage, narrow lot home designs, house and land packages, or how you can take advantage of the government grants on offer, please contact us today.