Originally Posted by cadefixedit
Other than you, thank you, your views were insightful. However I will disagree with you though to an extent. Although I may not get a return $ for $, I think things like CAT5 are a nice feature that might push someone who is deciding between my house and another house in my court.
I was serious about the newspapers and stuff in the walls. At one time items such as that got tossed in as insulation but I still know people that put things like that in walls. Kind of like a time capsule. I work commercial/industrial so all I get to do is sign and date walls in the buildings I work on.
everything you mentioned is nice, for a person that wants it. The problem it; you don't know what the next buyer might want or need. The fact is; most of the items will not give you a good value if you think about them in regards to selling value. It is somewhat of an intangible item that people really do not give much thought to when purchasing. They probably should think about them more but in reality, they don't add much value.
If I were choosing between 2 houses, if everything else was identical, yes, each of those would help sway me BUT the problem is; there is no identical house in the world. Things like a little bit bigger closet in one or the neighbor has a trashy yard or the landscaping is a bit nice in one will do more to sway a buyer than any of the installations you are considering.
for me, I would install 2 cat 5a or 6 lines to each room in a house (with the possible exception of the bathrooms but would actually consider them as well). I would love to have a central vac and if I ever build, will put one in. Coax to every room (including bathrooms)
If I had a living room that was designed where an entertainment center would be appropriate, I would consider designing facilities to feed cables from a central equipment center to the probable tv area. I would really try to make this a conduit that would allow cables to be installed later. Technology is changing too fast to consider only 1 system anymore.