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A surprisingly large amount of the money you spend on your new home will be determined by the options you make, and those options always change.

For example, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, both considered expensive upgrades for years, are now a standard in most new homes . However, opting for the most common (or lowest) denominator is not always the best way to save, or spend, your money. For maximum functionality and a healthy return on investment, consider the following improvements for your new home:

It starts with the kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, the place where you will spend most of your time and create most of your memories. It can never be too well equipped. Pay special attention to cabinets and appliances, as this is what future buyers will be concentrating on, in addition to the tools you will use every day.

Kitchen upgrades not to be overlooked include quality, quiet dishwashers; microwave drawers, which are easily accessible; Freestanding hoods and beverage centers under the counter, so children and guests can serve themselves without hindering food preparation

Cabinets are also expensive to replace later. Even opting for an upgrade simply to get the semi-custom variety will give you more finishing options and better quality materials. Consider dovetail joint and split drawer options, as well as deep, long cabinets up to ceiling height for a stylish, custom look and additional storage capacity.

Combs also recommends pull-out shelves over open shelves. “They provide more storage capacity, easier access and take up less space.” Soft-close door springs and premium hinges will help extend the life of all your cabinets.

It is impossible to have too much light

Many people overlook the role of lighting in everyday life, but lighting contributes a lot to the atmosphere of a home, and can help facilitate important tasks, such as cooking or shaving.

The rooms where lighting is most important are the kitchen and bathrooms. 

In the kitchen, most people put recessed lights and a pendant light on the kitchen island, and that’s it. But the lighting under the cabinets helps a lot when you’re cooking. They also brighten up the space and is a great option for an entertaining time, as ceiling lights can be very strong.

Lighting the interior of a glass cabinet was fashionable for a while, but not everyone likes it and it is not considered a key to everyday life. The areas where you eat, pay bills, or do chores should , however, have some special lighting for those chores and these improvements are worth making. Having multiple pendant lamps can work well in these areas.

With respect to the rest of the house, you will need a mixture of lights that you can control with dimmers.

Walk over here

Flooring is a key aspect of the look and feel of a home , and hardwood floors seem to never go out of style. If the budget is somewhat tight, focus on the living room and kitchen only.  If you can place them, you will notice the difference as will future buyers.

Energy savers

There are many ways to save on your energy bills besides shopping for the right appliances. Tankless water heaters, as well as energy-efficient plumbing and air conditioning systems , can make a big difference almost immediately and is something that is really worth adding.

Holy closets!

Have you ever heard someone say they have too much closet space? That’s because you can never have too much closet space, so if you choose between, say, a formal dining room that you will only use a few times a year, and more closet space, the decision is an easy one. Closets also add a lot of value if you decide to sell later.

Sit down, eat, study, hang out

Kitchens may be the center of your home, but kitchen islands are where you spend most of your time. Consider expanding the island to accommodate up to six people, and you’ll be making your way to a less formal dining space – and the aforementioned closets!

Electric company

Not all upgrades need to be expensive. Adding just a few extra plugs and ceiling fans in certain rooms can make life a lot more comfortable without costing you a fortune.

The reason so many people stress about improvements is because they didn’t plan for them. Set aside a portion of your budget ahead of time for this and the process won’t feel as overwhelming, so you can focus on how to get more for your money.

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