Preparing for the arrival of a baby can be stressful due to uncertainties about money and the major change to your lifestyle that will occur. While you could only plan so much for the changes that a baby will create between you and your partner, you can make some changes for your home that will relieve some of the stress you may be having about money or space.
When considering a home addition, consider the following ideas that can help boost your property value and provide a number of other great benefits for your growing family.
Add an Extra Bathroom to Share
If you live in an older home, it's likely that there are only one or two small bathrooms that need to be shared between your family and guests. When planning a home addition with value in mind, there's no better room to add then an extra bathroom. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers states that adding a bathroom will never bring down the value of a home.
Not only will potential buyers appreciate having another bathroom, your growing family will also enjoy having the extra space so that nobody's fighting over the bathroom as your baby grows up.
Move a Bedroom Closer to the Master Bedroom
If you live in a home with a split floor plan, you may be nervous about being so far away from your baby when they are young. While you can keep their bassinet or crib next to your bed, it can be a good idea to add a bedroom closer to the master bedroom for safety reasons as they grow up.
Add an Office Far Away from the Nursery
Working from home can be difficult when your home office is located directly next to the nursery. The home addition in the form of an office should be placed as far away from the bedrooms as possible, along with away from anywhere that gets heavy foot traffic during the day.
Supplement Your Income with Detached Rental Space
To add the most value right now instead of only when you sell, you should consider renting out a space in your home. For safety reasons, consider a home addition that is detached from the rest of your home so that you can enjoy extra rental income without a potential stranger being near your baby.
Home additions can help add extra square footage and provide the extra space that your growing family needs, but you need to keep some things in mind if you want to maintain or improve the value of your home. Talk to a contractor like those at Bohnstedt Construction for more information.