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6 high-end features you might want for your home

Ginger Dean

February 18, 2016

By: Ginger Dean, Home Finance Specialist

In: General Remodeling

Whether you want to add value for resale or just improve your own personal space, here are a few ideas for high-end upgrades that can make you feel like you're living in the lap of luxury.

Marble floors in the bathroom

Good materials are expensive, but they're worth it. Marble is extremely durable so although it may be an expensive upfront cost, if taken care of it will last for years to come.

If replacing all the floors in your home isn't in your budget, choose one or two main rooms such as the kitchen or the bathroom. It will give your space a touch of class.

Granite counter tops in the kitchen

A lot of families spend time in the kitchen cooking and entertaining, or even just sitting around talking. An upgraded kitchen won't just help sell your home down the line, but also give you many hours of enjoyment. Granite countertops can make your kitchen look brand new, and are also at the top of many buyers' wishlists.

Energy efficient appliances

Energy Star appliances are better for the environment and better for your pocketbook because they consume less electricity. Replacing old appliances such as your washer and dryer with energy efficient ones will set you back a few thousand dollars, but it's an upgrade worth paying for, and over time you'll save money on your utility bills.

Warm and cozy fireplace

Whether you opt for a wood-burning or electric fireplace, this feature will seriously up your home's cozy factor and attract high-end buyers down the line. If you don't already have a chimney, an electric fireplace is easier to install and much cheaper.

A swimming pool

While it doesn't work in every housing market, if you have the space and it's an upgrade you'd enjoy for many years to come, then adding a swimming pool is a great way to change the way you're using your outdoor space and to make hot summer months much more bearable.

When adding any high-end features to your home, it's important to weigh the opportunity cost. If it makes money, then it makes sense; id it doesn't, then you really need to decide how much pleasure you'd get out of it and if it's worth it.

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