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Home Features Today’s Buyers Want Most

Friday, December 6, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon

Home Features Today’s Buyers Want Most

The other day my clients and I walked into a beautifully remodeled home.
Seriously, they did an amazing job on this remodel. I was moving in with them,
right up until the moment we stepped into the laundry/furnace room.
It killed the mood instantly.

Hi. This is Dixie with Haven Real Estate Group. It is surprising when remodels miss the mark so badly on the issue of what Buyers want most in a new home. Sometimes it is so glaring that it is hard to imagine how anyone would try to sell it looking like it does. It seems like common sense would kick in, but as we know, sometimes it doesn’t.

So, what are homebuyers looking for today?  

From hardwood floors to energy-efficient appliances, certain features in a home have the power to win over potential home buyers.

  • Laundry rooms have become a game-changer in home buying actually topping the list of must-have amenities. Whether the room is near a bedroom or the kitchen, the key is to have a laundry room in a conveniently located space on the first floor that makes laundry day less labor-intensive.

In the home discussed above, it still had the original furnace from 1977,
The original water heater, a washtub that had weird tubes draining things
from somewhere into the sink and, the laundry was set up in this dark downstairs
unfinished room as well.
  • Homebuyers give high marks to energy-saving features like Energy Star-rated appliances, low-E windows, ceiling fans, and programmable thermostats to save energy and improve the comfort of their home.

  • Open-concept kitchens and dining room layout is also at the top of buyers’ wish lists. Top finishes include stainless steel appliances, granite or natural stone kitchen countertops, and white kitchen cabinetry.

  • Most buyers are looking for extra storage space to organize and declutter their homes. Garage storage solutions and walk-in pantries rank high for organizing and concealing items.

  • Buyers also have a strong preference for hardwood flooring, double kitchen sinks, or farm sinks, a center island in the kitchen, water-conserving toilets, a patio, and exterior lighting, a 9-foot ceiling on the first floor, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, three bedrooms and a two-car garage.

  • Other emerging trends include engineered quartz countertops for color flexibility, vinyl, and resilient flooring, especially for aging in place; wireless controls; and higher-end fixture installations in the bathroom, such as wall-mounted sinks, faucets, and toilets.

We realize that in resale situations especially, you are not going to check off all these boxes all the time, but these are the top-selling features in today's market. And the lack of care in these areas, even one bad box, can and will kill the deal.

As a Seller, you need to have this reality check and price your home accordingly with your realtor in order to sell when coming in to compete with outdated features.

For more information or to have a personalized comparative market analysis done on your home feel free to contact me directly at 509-385-4441.

I am Happy to Help

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