If you’re considering selling your home, you want to make sure it will stand out from the other options buyers have, and knowing what homebuyers most wanted features are will help you do that.
While each homebuyer is different and will be searching for different qualities in a new home, there are a few features that have broad appeal for many buyers and if you’ve got these, you can be sure your home will make a lasting impression on any buyer who walks through the doors
Though it may initially seem like a surprise, laundry rooms are becoming more and more popular with home buyers. Having a designated space to do the washing, folding, etc. will keep the mess out of the other living areas of the house. This will give homeowners a feeling of being more organized in their home. Also, if the laundry room is on the same level as the bedrooms, that is an even bigger bonus. Buyers want the convenience of doing their laundry without having to walk up and down the stairs every time.
The kitchen is the heart (and the stomach?) of most homes. It is where owners spend a good majority of their time, and serves as a gathering place for friends and family. It should come as no surprise then that homebuyers seek a modern kitchen. Nothing turns buyers off like a kitchen that is dated, drab, and dingy. Kitchens with bright lighting, clean cabinets, nice countertops, and up-to-date appliances go a long way. Also, with formal dining rooms losing popularity, eat-in kitchens are a huge plus for buyers, especially those with families and children. This provides a place for the family to gather and eat right where the food is being prepared.
Open floor plans are one of the most sought-after features for buyers. Fewer walls in the interior of the home create fluidity and openness between the different living spaces such as the living room, kitchen, etc. It also makes homes feel bigger, brighter, and more spacious, even if the homes are on the smaller side. This type of floor plan allows for residents and guests to navigate more freely throughout the home, and is especially great for this who love entertaining.
Over the years, carpet has been losing its appeal to homebuyers, and hardwood has taken center stage. Hardwood floors are classy and timeless, and create a certain warm and cozy vibe that other flooring does not. It is more durable and easier to clean than carpet, and is very long-lasting. If well maintained, hardwood flooring can last for decades and still look great.
With rising costs of utilities and a desire to be budget-savvy, energy efficient windows and appliances have become big selling points for buyers. Having a home that is energy efficient will help new homeowners keep costs down in multiple ways, without sacrificing any of their comfort. Energy Star appliances will reduce unnecessary water usage, efficient refrigerators keep food fresh longer (saving on both grocery bills and utility costs), and Energy Star windows will reduce heating and cooling costs throughout the entire year. All the same comforts of home, with a smaller cost. What’s not for buyers to love?
Some may think that with air conditioning systems, there is no need for ceiling fans anymore. However recent surveys have found that ceiling fans are actually very desirable among homebuyers. Ceiling fans are one of the most cost-efficient ways to keep air circulating throughout a room, especially when used with the AC. Along with its functionality, many buyers are also drawn to the ceiling fan’s aesthetic touch as a decorative feature to the home.
Ample Closet Space
Having enough closet space in a home is a big selling point for buyers. This means anything from walk-in closets, linen closets, entryway closets, and pantries just to name a few. The last thing homebuyers want is to be busy moving into their new home and find out that they don’t have enough space for all of their belongings. With enough closet space, buyers will be able to keep their new home organized and prevent it from feeling cluttered.
Garage with Work and Storage Space
Along the lines of having enough closet space, comes the garage. Garages are more than just for the cars. When done right, they provide ample storage for outdoor gear and other items one doesn’t want to be kept in the house. Garage storage is much more accessible than a backyard shed or the attic, which adds to the appeal. Homebuyers are also drawn to garages that have a nice, designated space for a workbench, creating a perfect place to work on projects.
Home Exterior Lighting
“Curb appeal” covers a very wide range when it comes to a home’s exterior, and all are important. Yet one thing that many homebuyers desire is exterior lighting. Exterior lighting is not only decorative, it is practical as well. Putting rows of lights along the sidewalk or pathways help guide visitors and prevent injuries, as well as casting light on well-kept lawns and gardens. Pendant lights or lanterns on the exterior walls help illuminate the door and other features of the home. In addition, motion-detection lights can deter break-ins and give more home security.
Outdoor Living Area
Homebuyers and homeowners alike see outdoor spaces such as patios and decks as extensions of their indoor living areas. People want a place where they can relax and enjoy a sunny day, or host the perfect party on a nice summer evening. Outdoor spaces are both functional and appealing and can be utilized in countless ways. Even small balconies in a city condo can increase the home’s appeal. In fact, outdoor living spaces are so desirable, that when presented correctly, they a primary selling point for any homebuyer.