Delaware and Maryland’s coastal regions have exploded in the last couple of decades, with many new residential communities popping up due to the larger influx of people moving near the beaches.
But while these new developments are all the rage right now, and rightfully so, there are also a number of local homes that are a bit more mature and have been around for quite some time.
Southern Delaware’s roots do go back several generations, after all, so there are bound to be a number of older and historic homes scattered about.
But just because these homes are a bit older on the outside doesn’t mean they can’t be fresh and hip on the inside. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
So if you’re interested in giving your older home a bit of a facelift, either for your family or in preparation for a sale, keep reading below for several tips from our real estate experts at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.
More Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor living areas are extremely popular among buyers nowadays, and what better place than near the beach to expand this area of your home and property?
Ideas include the traditional areas like porches and decks, but a new trend in the last year or two involves actually constructing an outdoor living room.
So buy some patio furniture, add some lighting and a sound system and just make the space your own.
Not only will this be a great addition to the home for you and your family, but it will also likely increase the value of your property. And if you’re thinking of selling anytime soon, that’s definitely a positive you’ll want to consider.
The Wow Factor!
Younger buyers consistently report these days that they’re attracted to homes that really stand out in one way or another. But this doesn’t mean exploring the tacky or whimsical route, but rather just taking a few simple steps to create a space that people will remember and talk about.
Ideas include painting or decorating one wall in your living room in a different way than the others, making it vibrant and memorable. You can also add some color in your kitchen via backsplashes or different colored cabinets, or choosing any of a number of other accents designed to get people’s attention.
Make Your Home Smart
If you’re technologically inclined, upgrading to a “Smart Home” could be a fun project for you. And if you’re not, consider hiring someone else to take this on for you.
This is the new home of the 21st century, one that is connected via a hub that controls anything and everything electronic.
Smart Home technology can include your television, your security cameras, your sound system, even your thermostat, lighting and blinds.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
If you want to upgrade your older home, there’s no better place to start than these two extremely important rooms.
You’ve probably heard before that kitchens and bathrooms are the best rooms to renovate, in terms of adding value to your home. And that remains as true today as it’s ever been.
Appliances, cabinets, flooring, shower fixtures, sinks, bathtubs, lighting – these are all items you can update in order to give your home a more modern feel for 2020.
Adding some renewable energy options to your home can have a number of benefits, including lower utility bills, higher home values and reducing your carbon footprint.
From solar panels to wind energy and geothermal heat pumps, there are several ways to upgrade your home via the use of renewable energy options.
But one word of caution in this area – these upgrades do generally have larger upfront costs than do traditional systems. So if you’re hoping to sell your home within the next few years, this may not be the best option for you.
If you have an older home here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, that doesn’t mean you need to just sit tight and hope for the best.
Take on a project or two and give that home a bit of a facelift for 2020.
For more on how to upgrade and stage your home for sale, call the Oldfather Group today at 302-260-2000 and speak to a member of the coastal region’s number one real estate sales team.
And enjoy the rest of the offseason here at the fabulous Delaware and Maryland beaches!