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Small home updates that will generate a big return

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh, Raleigh | Posted: March 22, 2019

If you are planning on putting your home on the market this spring or know that is in the plans sometime in the next calendar year, it is always a good idea to get your home prepared ahead of time as much as you can before you are ready to list it. Mattamy Homes, formerly Royal Oaks Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares five small updates you can make to your home that will provide a big return on investment when it comes time to sell.

Before you do any updates or renovations to your home, be sure to invest in the places of your home where you can reap the return on your investment and steer clear of loss leaders.

The kitchen is the heart of any home, so it is not surprising that one of the first places you can be sure to recoup money you invest into your home is your kitchen. The kitchen is the number one place buyers like to see updates and the biggest opportunity for added value.

Buyers love added seating, such as an island with barstools or a cute breakfast nook to provide even more space for seating.

If you are not handy or do not want to contract out any work, focus on the appliances of your kitchen. Buyers love nice appliances and even if you plan to take the appliances with you,  they add major appeal to your home as it is being shown.

The next thing to check for and correct in your kitchen space, as well as other areas of your home,  is its trendiness. It is best for a kitchen to be neutral and have neutral materials used, opposed to trendy design or materials that require a more specific taste or will go out of style soon. This goes for other rooms of your home and the paint colors as well. Consider updating to a more timeless look for your kitchen. Updating your countertop can give the kitchen an entire new feel. Quartz is a great option to consider.

Next, take an inventory of the bathrooms in your home. This is the second most popular place in your home where updates can go a long way in resale value. Even though your bathrooms may be some of the smallest rooms in your home, they will create major appeal or distaste to buyers.

Upgrading the bathrooms in your home doesn’t have to be massive renovations either. A good rule of thumb is to keep it simple, clean and neutral. Consider upgrading things like lighting, hardware, towel bars and paint for a small, yet big impact.

You can continue the lighting trend into other areas of your room. When showing your home, especially if you plan to show in the fall or winter months when it is darker for longer periods during the day, maximize the lighting in your home.

A simple LED lighting change, or addition of some table lamps can give your home a much brighter appeal.

Next, continue bringing life to your home by giving each room or at least the main rooms a coat of fresh paint. As with all upgrades in your home, stick to a neutral color palette. It is best to go safe on all upgrades and not what the current trend is.

If you don’t want to go through the process of painting full rooms, just give your trim a fresh coat of paint. This requires minimal work and time, but leaves a much cleaner look to your home.

Lastly, focus on the exterior of your home and work on your homes first impression. Like the saying goes, a first impression is everything and you can’t make a second first impression.

Clean up your landscape, replace any damaged or worn items on the outside of your home and focus on your entryway. A fresh coat of paint on your front door, or a nice update to outdoor lighting can make a big impact on your homes first impression with buyers.




Royal Oaks, a Division of Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

Royal Oaks Homes Celebrates Groundbreaking For Operation: Coming Home Hero Home XV

Categories: In The News, New Homes, New Homes in Raleigh, News, North Raleigh New Homes, Operation: Coming Home, Raleigh, Raleigh New Homes, Royal Oaks Homes | Posted: February 9, 2017

Raleigh-Area Homebuilder To Donate Custom-Built 
Home To Disabled Combat Veteran Through Local Nonprofit

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 25, 2017) – Royal Oaks Homes, LLC, an award-winning residential new homebuilder, celebrated the groundbreaking for Operation: Coming Home Hero Home XV on January 5- in their Sonoma Springs community in Fuquay-Varina. The 2,700 sq. ft., four bedroom home is scheduled to be completed by May.

This is the 8th home the company has provided for Operation: Coming Home, a nonprofit organization providing custom-built homes to disabled combat veterans. Royal Oaks Homes will be constructing a custom home for U.S. Marine Sgt. Brandon Temple, a Purple Heart recipient. Partners on the build include the U.S. Veterans Corps, Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA) and other local project supporters.

Sgt. Temple served in numerous deployments and has attended multiple advanced infantry schools. He sustained severe lacerations to his head, face and body and a traumatic brain injury when his vehicle hit an IED in Afghanistan. His injuries have long-term effects that will require ongoing treatment. He and his wife, Eloni, are looking forward to having the opportunity to settle down in a home of their own.

The groundbreaking ceremony in Fuquay-Varina was attended by the Temple family, board members of Operation: Coming Home, the mayor of Fuquay-Varina, his staff, as well as Royal Oaks Homes employees.

“We are honored and humbled to continue our commitment to supporting Operation: Coming Home, a project that is near and dear to our hearts at Royal Oaks Homes,” said Rich Van Tassel, president of Royal Oaks Homes. “This is our way of saying thank you to Sgt. Temple for his service to our country, and we look forward to having his home ready for him by May.”

For more information on Operation: Coming Home and the construction of Hero Home XV, visit

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Royal Oaks Homes, LLC builds fine homes in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Clayton, Cameron, and Garner, North Carolina. Locally owned and operated, the company focuses on quality of design, construction and customer service, offering a portfolio of plans and a wide selection of standard features from which to choose in price ranges from starter homes to luxury family homes. Royal Oaks is a member of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and has received multiple gold and silver awards from the HBA Parade of Homes. Royal Oaks president, Rich Van Tassel, was named a recipient of the Builder of the Year Award presented by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA). Additional company awards include eight Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50 Awards, the Small Business of the Year by the Apex Chamber of Commerce, as well as consistent listings in the Triangle Business Journal’s premier list of residential builders, based annually by volume in the Raleigh-Durham market. For more information, visit

Operation: Coming Home is a joint volunteer project by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA), and various area nonprofits and businesses. The project builds and donates homes for disabled combat veterans who have served in the Middle East, after a selection committee interviews candidates to determine the best fit. For more information, visit .