Imagine this: you’ve been on the market for a couple of weeks and you get a lot of buyers to visit, but they don’t quite “feel it.” What should you do in this situation? Consider looking into what buyers are searching for when they visit houses they want to buy.
Recently, buyers have increased demands of some specific features they want in a house. Here is a list of such features, which can help you meet those demands while simultaneously increasing the value of your house.
1. Energy Efficient Living
This is an extremely vital feature as people are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of energy efficiency. Four out of five buyers prefer to purchase entire Energy Star-rated homes or Energy star-rated windows and appliances.
Eco-conscious buyers are attracted to features such as infrastructure that allows for solar panels (solar readiness), solar-powered water heaters, a whole house fan, “smart” thermostats, and smart air conditioners/heat pump heaters.
In addition, depending on your geographical location, low maintenance and drought-tolerant landscaping are also important.
2. Contemporary Kitchens
Modern homebuyers are not just looking for upgraded kitchens, but kitchens with a modern design, according to the latest trends. Granite is still a trending option, but instead of the speckled, busy look, patterns inspired by “flow and movement” are preferred.
Quartz aggregates are now slowly taking over countertops and floor tiles are getting bigger. Large rectangular tiles, with fewer gaps in between, are currently leading the way. Another popular design element is having hardwood floors laid around your living spaces and coming through to the kitchen.
Other trendy kitchen designs incorporate a large island that is also used as a dining area. This combines entertainment, cooking, and eating in the same feature. Popular subway tile designs from the 20s and 30s are also finding their way back.
Self-closing doors, pullout shelves, and similar modern elements are advantageous. Open shelving is making a return, but has a polarizing effect on buyers; while some love them, others are instantly repelled by them.
3. Open Floor Plans
Say goodbye to doors and walls separating rooms. Connected living is now among the most sought-after modern trends.
Typically, buyers love when the kitchen opens into the living room (TV room), creating a large family space also known as a great room.
4. Abundance of Storage
With the demands of open floor plans increasing, the need to keep the large space free of clutter is also consequently increasing. Modern buyers are looking for linen closets, pantries, and storage areas, e.g. separate mudrooms, laundry rooms, and garage cabinets to get rid of the mess and help them stay organized.
As a matter of fact, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, approximately 92% of homebuyers require laundry rooms; this is now considered a home’s most desired feature.
These are just a few of the features that buyers in the modern market are looking for in their new homes. As sellers, you can use them to market your house better and get a great deal.