Home Features That Sell Real Estate In America
Posted by J. René Ward on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 10:10am.
Size used to be the main priority when buyers were looking for homes. If you had a bedroom for every person and a large yard, the home was sold. That's no longer the case, as buyers have become pickier and are looking for very specific features in their homes. Here are some of the home features that help sell real estate in today's choosy market:
Plenty of Storage Space
From multi-car garages, to massive closets, storage space is on many home buyer's minds. People are accumulating more belongings than ever before, yet modern home styles favour simple, refined designs that don't cater to having lots of stuff around. As a result, home buyers want to find houses with enough hidden space for all their favorite treasures. Large pantries, walk-in closets and innovative shelving all catch buyers' eyes. Massive garages are an especially big power player right now, as home buyers are looking to store everything from ATVs and golf carts to unicycles and ski equipment.
Modern, Energy-Efficient Appliances & Technology
Energy bills and environmental impact are on everyone's radar, making this a top priority when looking at home. Energy Star appliances and technology will help a home sell, especially when you're leaving your fridge and washing machine behind. A great HVAC system will also go a long way as well as super-green initiatives like solar panels and geothermal systems. Net zero energy homes are going to be big over the next few years.
Bright, Open-Concept Rooms
As home designs favor environmental concepts, it's only natural that people want to bring in the sunshine's warm, comforting rays into their homes as well. Gigantic windows and high ceilings have been popular over the past several years and are likely to remain big sellers over the next few as well.
Accessible & Flexible Multi-Generational Designs
Consider that many Americans are living with more than one generation in their home and that the overall boomer population is getting older, and it's easy to see why buyers are prioritizing homes that have easy accessibility for their loved ones. Dual master-suite homes are rapidly rising in popularity, as well as single-storey homes with minimal stairs and senior-friendly amenities.
Features That Don't Convince Buyers
While we're at it, here's a list of features that used to be popular but simply don't make the priority list for most buyers these days. If these features already exist in the home, great, but don't spend any money or energy on the following additions:
- Outdoor kitchens & fireplaces
- Media rooms
- Craft & knitting rooms
- 2-storey entrances & foyers
- Multi-shower bathrooms
- Whirlpool tubs & Jacuzzis
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