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13 Luxury Home Upgrades That May Increase Your Property Value

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13 Luxury Home Upgrades That May Increase Your Property Value

When it comes to luxury living, the marriage of elegance, innovation and comfort in interior and exterior design helps to define a lifestyle coveted by the most discerning individuals. And, with the right strategic property upgrades, you may not only elevate your living experience but also enhance the long-term value of your luxury home for potential buyers.

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Whether you transform your kitchen into a culinary hub or create an outdoor sanctuary that invites relaxation, practically every facet and room of your home can be enhanced to appeal to contemporary luxury expectations.

To spark your thinking along these lines, here are a few trending upgrades worth exploring before you enter the Texas realty market. In pursuit of creating a home that buyers will find irresistible, your biggest limitation may be your budget!

»Tip: In the market now for your first luxury home? We’ve got you covered, too.

1. Smart home integration

Modern buyers appreciate the convenience and sophistication that comes with an investment in top-tier smart home technology. Consider enhancing your home’s existing appeal by integrating home automation systems from esteemed luxury brands (e.g., Crestron or Control4). Together, they put seamless control of lighting, security, entertainment and climate settings at your fingertips.

2. Security systems

Reinforce your home’s safety and tranquility simultaneously with more sophisticated security systems. State-of-the-art cameras, motion sensors and smart locks offer comprehensive protection, reassuring potential buyers of a secure living environment.

3. Designer kitchen with high-end appliances

To tap into aspirations regarding the heart of the home, transform your kitchen into a chef’s dream with custom cabinetry, a butler’s pantry and professional-grade appliances from renowned brands like Sub-Zero, Wolf or Viking.

Not only do these premium appliances boast sleek designs, but they also feature advanced functionality believed by many to deliver unparalleled performance.

4. Luxurious bathroom renovations

Who couldn’t use a bit of an escape in today’s frenzied world? To meet that need, create an indulgent, tranquil spa-like retreat within your own home. Consider installing a high-end retreat with:

  • Heated floors
  • Bespoke tile designs
  • Lavish rainfall shower heads
  • Two-person showers
  • Towel warmers
  • Decadent Jacuzzi® tubs
  • Private views of immaculate grounds

Meanwhile, premium fixtures and materials (e.g., marble or quartz) exude elegance and promote deep relaxation. To round out the experience, hidden, state-of-the-art speakers might help create an immersive cocoon-like retreat that you, your family and potential buyers may find irresistible.

5. Customized walk-in closets

Transform ordinary closets into stunning, organized spaces with custom built-in shelving and cabinetry, ample storage and deluxe finishes that together evoke high-end boutiques. Consider motion-sensor lighting and elongated mirrors to create the perfect dressing space.

Want to go a step further? Consider incorporating:

  • Automated storage solutions (e.g., motorized closet rods)
  • Artwork (Yes, art!)
  • Vanity space with ample storage
  • A custom-upholstered chaise lounge

6. Outdoor entertainment areas

Given that the weather in Texas is welcoming most months of the year, many luxury homeowners opt to create opulent, inviting outdoor sanctuaries. By integrating an outdoor kitchen, fireplace or luxurious pool oasis into your existing landscape, you can maximize your setting and the climate.

You might also want to illuminate the grounds with expertly curated exterior lighting. These enhancements accentuate your home’s beauty and create an ambiance that radiates luxury and sophistication, captivating potential buyers at first sight. Investing in outdoor features and curb appeal has shown to be recoverable1 for many homeowners — and could prove beneficial to your happiness while in the home.

7. Home gym or wellness area

For a lot of us, fitness is a huge part of personal self-care. You can tap into that desire by crafting a space dedicated to wellness with a world-class gym and top-of-the-line fitness equipment. Or consider designating a serene area for yoga or meditation.

Have ample money to spare? Take it a step further and explore large-scale spa amenities like a sauna or steam room.

8. Home theater systems

Make it easy to embark on a cinematic journey within the confines of your own home. A state-of-the-art home theater is a popular feature for buyers who love the convenience of entertaining at home.

To make the most of it, equip your viewing space with the finest audiovisual technology, comfortable seating and acoustics.

9. Customized home office

A home office is a must-have as more people work from home or in a hybrid schedule. But a productive workspace need not evoke cubicles or a business park.

Instead, explore how you might create a quiet executive retreat that nurtures excellence with built-in cabinetry and shelving, ergonomic furnishings and the latest technology.

10. Sustainable luxury

Fuse brilliance with environmental responsibility through energy-efficient upgrades. Incorporate eco-friendly features like solar panels, energy-efficient windows and intelligent HVAC systems that save costs and appeal to today’s eco-conscious buyers.

11. High-end flooring

Embrace the elegance of premium flooring materials such as rich hardwoods, luxurious marble or custom-designed tiles. These impart a feeling of refinement and grandeur that can be savored throughout your home. As a bonus, many luxury flooring materials are durable and easy to clean.

12. Spacious garage with full amenities

Indulge automotive enthusiasts with a lavish garage featuring custom storage solutions, high-tech car lifts and deluxe car washing stations.

13. Add architectural splendor

Boost appeal with architectural details throughout your home’s exterior and interior. Taken together, features like grand entryways, detailed millwork and modernized facades can convey sophistication, enchanting both guests and potential buyers.

The takeaway

When it comes to enhancing your luxury home’s appeal on the realty market, there are numerous solutions and strategies to consider, from making basic kitchen upgrades to investing in truly extraordinary spaces.

Finally, whether you plan to stay put or are looking to make a move, the investment could prove profitable down the road — and worthwhile to your family and guests in the interim.

Contemplating selling (or buying) a luxury home soon? Partner with an experienced agent from RBFCU’s preferred real estate partner, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, to ensure a seamless and premium selling experience.

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This article was last updated in May 2024.

Information in this article is general in nature and for your consideration, not as financial advice. Please contact your own financial professionals regarding your specific needs before taking any action based upon this information.

Kuper Realty Holding Company, LLC dba Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty is a subsidiary of RBFCU Services LLC. RBFCU Services LLC is affiliated with Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU).


The following sources were last accessed in May 2024.

1“Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features.” National Association of REALTORS®, National Association of Realtors,