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What are the best upgrades to choose when buying a new home?

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If you are in the market for a new home, choosing from all of the upgrades offered can often be overwhelming. Here are a few smart choices that will not only make your home beautiful, but will also give you a return on your investment in the future.

Skylights

Did you know that a skylight can add approximately 30 percent more light than a window of comparable size, giving the interior of a house soft, natural light? Also, there are many options of built-in shades for skylights, which can be operated manually or by remote control as well to control the lighting when you need to.

Higher-end kitchen cabinets

Kitchen upgrades are always a smart investment for your home. Today’s better-made cabinets come in a wide range of colors with a variety of storage options. Look for premium hinges and drawer slides as they last longer than soft-close door and drawer hardware.

Wool carpeting

When you need new carpeting, comparing nylon and wool carpet can help you make an informed decision. The major difference between the two carpets is the fiber source. Wool carpets are constructed from natural fibers, free of toxins and chemicals, unless they’re added later, while nylon carpets are made of synthetic fibers. Wool carpet is often considered the premier carpet since its natural fibers make it extremely strong and durable. Although wool carpet is more expensive, it typically keeps its appearance longer than synthetics.

Wood flooring

Wood flooring blends with most home décor and adds warmth to a home. If you are looking to add wood floors to your home without breaking the bank, oak floors are an excellent option. Classic oak flooring has a timeless look and is one of the most popular styles in hardwood flooring. With only minimal maintenance, oak resists damage and retains its beauty for years.

Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans are a low-cost upgrade that can become a room’s focal point. Numerous styles of fan blades and light fixtures can be purchased at most local home improvement stores or specialty lighting stores. There are many benefits to incorporating ceiling fans into your home’s design that go beyond cooling off a room. Using ceiling fans throughout the home greatly reduces energy costs, while also providing comfort, style and beautiful lighting. More importantly, ceiling fans add year-round value. Many people are unaware that ceiling fans can be used to circulate warm air during cooler months of the year. By running the blades clockwise, ceiling fans push warm air down from the ceiling without creating a draft.