No matter what the current economic trends are, it’s always a good time to sell your home in Calgary. When the rooms are presented correctly and the price point is right, there will always be an interested party who wants to live in the sunniest city in Canada. When you’re thinking about selling up, you’ll want to push your home price as high as possible, which means taking on additional home improvement projects that add value.
Add A Sunroom For Best Return
Not all home improvement projects are created equal when it comes to getting a positive return on your investment. Larger projects, such as a full home extension, cost so much due to having to dig foundations and the high price of the building materials that you’ll never get the money back unless you get a completely outrageous offer. Smaller projects, such as a full paint job or screen room addition cost relatively little, but also add relatively little value to your home, making them not worth the effort. A custom-built sunroom is the ‘goldilocks’ of home improvement projects: cheap enough to afford with a high yield in your home price. A sunroom drives up the value of your home because of these reasons:
- Extra space – the obvious main benefit of a custom-built sunroom is that you add a significant amount of square footage to your property for a low cost. You can save even more money by building your sunroom on top of your existing deck or patio, and the bespoke nature of Desert Sun Patios sunrooms means that you can make the room fit your available space with ease.
- Help with heating costs – the key difference between a sunroom and a simple home extension is the number and size of the windows. A sunroom allows so much warmth and sunlight in during the day that you’ll never want to leave the room. This warmth can also be used to heat up the rest of your house if you leave the doors to the sunroom open, which in turn can reduce your heating bills all year long.
- Indoor/outdoor lifestyle – owning a custom-built sunroom is a lifestyle choice. The Calgary weather can make it hard to truly enjoy your outside spaces, from the wind and bugs in summer to the harsh winter storms. A sunroom gives you the perfect combination of feeling like you’re outside with the warmth from the sun and the views out over the garden, with all the protection of being safely inside.
Why Choose A Custom Built Sunroom?
When you look at all the factors, a sunroom makes a lot of sense when you’re trying to find ways to increase the value of your home without breaking the bank on an initial outlay. If the goal is to keep the initial costs down, it seems to make more sense to buy a sunroom from a stock template, but this can actually cost you more in the long run. Unless your home perfectly fits the design plan, you’re going to have to work out fixes to connect the sunroom to your home. A custom built sunroom also gives you control over the following features:
- Heating options – an out of the box sunroom may connect to your home’s HVAC system, but you can get more heating options when you work with a sunroom contractor. For example, for a small increase, you can install a stove into the sunroom. Not only will this make the room feel comfortable even through the coldest winter months, but you’ll also make your home smell gently of woodsmoke, which many potential buyers will find irresistible when they approach your home for the first time. An even more extravagant option is to invest in underfloor heating. This removes the need for a visible heat source in your sunroom which in turn creates extra space for you to use while helping to keep your room at a comfortable temperature all year long.
- Lighting – choosing a custom built sunroom means that you get a lot more say and control over the lighting in the roof. For a typical A frame build, you might be offered a central fan with a light and a couple of wall sconces as part of the basic package. However, the shape of the sunroom means that you want to be thoughtful about how many lights you have in the room and where you place them. For example, skylights are a great way to add additional light into your sunroom without raising your electric bills, but you’ll need to talk with your sunroom contractor about how many and where you can add them. You can also go for recessed LEDs lights as another cost saving measure, and again you’ll need to plan these in advance to make sure you’re getting enough light in the room.
- Access to the sunroom – a final benefit of working with a dedicated sunroom contractor to build a custom built sunroom is that you can choose how you access your sunroom both from the home and the garden. A common entrance is a single door frame as you’ll find in each of the other rooms, but you can spend a little more and get a double opening glass door that will make your sunroom feel more luxurious. You’ll also bring up the curb appeal of your home if you have external doors for your sunroom as you’ll be able to truly bring the outside in as well as giving your home another external egress in the case of an emergency.
As prospective buyers walk through your home, they’ll immediately be drawn to your sunroom. It’s such an engaging space with a wide variety of possible uses, from an extra living space to a home office or even a luxurious guest bedroom. All of these factors means that investing in a custom-built sunroom is a sure fire to add value to your home. Whether you’re actively selling or just thinking about it, call our team of sunroom experts today to add value to your property.