7 Sought-After Features in a Home
Home sweet home. There's no place like home. Make yourself at home.
These cozy sayings and more came about because people have a strong attachment to their home. In many cases, it's where we feel safe, have happy memories and surround ourselves with meaningful things that we enjoy.
Even though the "perfect home" is different for almost everyone, there is general agreement for what most people would like in an ideal home. According to recent findings by the National Association of Home Builders, there are seven features 80% of home buyers look for when house hunting.
If your home is currently on the market and doesn't have these features, talk with your realtor about the pros and cons of home remodeling. Chances are, it could benefit you in the long run by creating a home so inviting, you receive multiple offers.
- Laundry Room. Gone are the days when the washer and dryer were relegated to the garage or tucked away in a small closet. Today, homeowners want a room to house the washer and dryer along with space for folding and ironing. A rod for hanging clothes fresh out of the dryer is essential, as well as attractive cabinets to conceal laundry detergent, fabric softener, lint roller, bleach and the many other things that laundry entails. Keeping the equipment contained is a major selling point.
- Exterior Lighting. Curb appeal entices. Creating a beautiful presence before anyone steps inside the home is important. Lighting around the outside of the home is the most-wanted feature, according to the NAHB. Under-eave lighting is ideal and can be added to many homes with the help of an electrician. Other options include spotlights and walkway lights. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, it adds a valuable safety feature to the home.
- Energy Efficient Appliances and Windows. These are win-win; they save energy (which translates into dollars) without impairing comfort level.
- Patio. Outdoor living spaces are quickly becoming one of the most coveted home features. This area can sell a home once homeowners envision themselves BBQ-ing or entertaining friends around the fire pit. It's a relatively easy way to bring leisurely living to your home without a large-scale home addition.
- Hardwood Floors. Home buyers are choosing hardwood or engineered laminate flooring instead of carpet for many reasons, including allergies, dust and general cleanliness. Carpet needs to be replaced every eight to 10 years and can become a trap for dust and dirt over time. Hardwood floors (whether the real thing or a good-quality laminate) are relatively easy to maintain and keep dust-free. Wood floors are inviting and offer an overall warmth.
- Garage Storage Space. Those with a growing family rank this as a must-have and buyers in their senior years find garage storage much more appealing than climbing the ladder to the attic. It's nice to keep patio chairs, tools, holiday decorations and various boxes within easy access rather than tucked away in an attic or backyard shed. It doesn't necessarily need to be a separate room; you can retro-fit storage within your existing garage as long as the space is available. Add peg boards, simple cabinetry and lighting to create an inviting storage area.
- Eat-In Kitchen. Having a place for the kids to eat breakfast before school and then space to congregate at the end of the day for dinner creates a family-centered ambiance. Families want a kitchen big enough for them to work together without being in each other's way. These repairs can get costly, though, depending on the home's layout. If you're able to remove a wall, or half a wall, and open up your kitchen to create an island or bar, it is worth considering.
These items can help put your home on the must-have list and entice buyers to make an offer. While homeowners are also considering location, school districts, the neighborhood, and other requirements, these features can make a difference. If you're not sure whether the cost of remodeling is worth it in your case, call one of our realtors for expert advice. We will be glad to guide you through the process.