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Old 11-19-2010, 06:10 PM   #1
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I have a house that is down to the studs and before I put the new dry wall up I wanted to get some suggestions what I should put to add value to the house. Here are the ideas I have come up with, please add any suggestions.

Extra Electrical
Networking Cable (Cat 5)
Extra Telephone Cable
Central Vacuum
In Wall Sound System
Audio Video Cables
Intercom

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alarm system wiring?
Entry/security system?

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none of it that I see would be give you a positive cost v. added value. While they are all nice to have, things like electrical are simply ignored. It either meets code or it doesn't. Other than that, most people don't care.

I believe the vacuum would add the most actual value but I still doubt you would have a positive payback for it.

people like things they can see even if it really doesn't add value. Once it's behind the walls, they place very little value on it.
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stuff the stud bays with 20 dollar bills
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Not necessarily just to add value, I plan on living there for a little while, so something useful for me to use.
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I put stuff like old calendars, rubber dinosaurs and newspapers in the walls.
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I meant people 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.

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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.
Only thing is, the next guy/gal may opt to go with WiFi, or just one computer directly hooked up to the modem/router, so having the house networked may be a bust. I would just wire with Telco & CATV, and forgo the network wiring, unless you plan on being in the house for over ten years or longer. By then, technologies will change, and wired networking will be a dinosaur, like POTS.
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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.
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I was serious also. We put all sorts of little surprises in the wall when we renovated my sisters house.
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If you ever had central vac you'd never want a house without one.

If you never had central vac you may not place a high value on one.

Point being do what works for you .
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I don't have one but I love the thought of having the toekick thing in the kitchen. You just sweep the floor and into the toekick vacuum port. That is a neat idea IMO.
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Neat, never thought of the time capsule thing, sorry thought ya'll were joking.

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