Sunday, June 19, 2011

Building Value In Your Property:Increase The Value Of Your Property

An emerging trend in real estate is constructing houses with value added features and using materials that are of a better quality, especially when reselling the property in question is a distinct possibility.
The following are some architectural measures and construction materials that can enhance the quality of your house's structure, making it stronger, more durable, easy to maintain and consequently increase its value.
1) Water Proofing: Nitrogen chemical, sealants and plastic sheets are used to water proof the plinth level at the time the foundation is being laid; sulphate resistant cement can also be used in foundations. Water proof paint used in overhead and underground water tanks can dramatically reduce water seepage and play a vital role in increasing the life of a building.
2) Insulation: Constructing with hollow blocks instead of regular bricks provides good insulation; they keep the structure cool and reduce air-conditioning related energy bills significantly.
3) Plumbing: Galvanized iron pipes are stronger and more durable compared to plastic ones. Remember it is easier to maintain pipes that are not concealed.
4) Roof: Laying tiles on the surface of the roof makes it a useable space and also provides heat proofing. Brick tiles are economical and ideal for this purpose as they are heat and water resistant and easy to maintain. If you have a higher budget, consider using marble tiles which also have a cooling effect.
5) Exterior: Embellishing the exterior with bricks, texture, and uncut maintenance free as opposed to painted walls.
6) Landscaping: Explore the possibility of 'hard' landscaping in the form of partially tiled yards and courtyards; these are easier and less expensive to maintain compared to a full fledged lawn.

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