Using weatherproofing to add value to your new construction
Weatherproofing a home is a great way for builders to add value to a new construction. For many homeowners, weatherproofing tends to be a DIY home improvement project. But many homeowners don’t want a project on their hands so soon after buying, especially if they buy a newly constructed house. Here are four ways you can weatherproof your homes to add value and make sure your clients are as satisfied as possible.
Build an improved basement
Something that the newest generation of buyers wants is more space. An improved, weatherproofed basement can help them achieve that want while adding value to your homes. A good way to weatherproof basements with concrete foundations is to use the right sealants. The right kind of sealant can protect the basement from water, which can reduce the likelihood of structural damage. Consider using these treatments on your concrete to keep moisture out.
You can also consider waterproofing the basement’s walls, or the entire exterior of the home, to help combat any plumbing leaks that may crop up. Be diligent with caulking. Installing appropriate insulation to keep cold air out and increase energy efficiency. Don’t forget to install any weather stripping for basements that have windows, too.
Weatherproofing the deck is helpful
If your homes include an uncovered deck, weatherproofing is crucial to maintaining it. Many homeowners might slap a coat of water-resistant paint on their decks. But you can do so much more to add value. A great way to weatherproof is by making sure that all corners of the deck can adequately shed water. You can also consider concrete footings and wooden posts for the piers, along with pressure-treated wood and rust-proof metal fittings.
Use a quality house wrap
Many builders have turned to house wraps as a replacement for sheathing paper. While it won’t protect against cold air, quality house wrap material will provide water-resistant protection without trapping water and creating conditions for mold and rot. When they are done right, a good house wrap can save your buyers money in the long run by providing UV protection and allowing vapor to flow more easily out of the building. This can be a great, differentiating selling point.
Consider carbon fiber
Carbon fiber can greatly improve the structural integrity of a building or garage by providing a cost-effective and non-destructive repair solution for a range of structural integrity issues. By maintaining the original structure of the home, you can then apply a range of retrofit waterproofing solutions around the original construction instead of having to rebuild it from scratch.
Bonus idea: Provide a structural warranty from 2-10 HBW
A structural warranty from 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty (2-10 HBW) may not directly help with weatherproofing. However, it can add value to the homes you build. That’s because buyers understand the value of a structural warranty.
- 4 of 5 buyers value a third-party, insurance-backed structural warranty
- 94% of prospective home buyers say that they are more likely to purchase a new home from a builder that offers a structural warranty
When you partner with 2-10 HBW, the industry leader in structural warranty coverage, you give your prospects something they truly want. You also add value to your homes and differentiate them clearly.
Learn how you can protect your business and add valuable selling points to your new builds with a 2-10 HBW structural warranty.
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