Buyers can be hard to please, but there are certain property features that many buyers look for when they are considering purchasing a new home.
If you are considering putting your home on the market, or are having trouble selling your home, take a look at our list of the top 8 property features that people look for when they are house-hunting.
An energy-efficient home is appealing to many home buyers because it’s eco-friendly and can result in big savings over time. If you are looking to sell your property, consider highlighting the energy-efficient features of your home. Here are some examples:
- Green Energy – Solar panels or small wind turbines help improve the carbon footprint of your house. In addition, green energy installations will save the buyer money on utility bills.
- Eco-Friendly Appliances – Energy-efficient and water-saving kitchen and laundry appliances offer a great bonus selling point for potential buyers
- Windows – Double glazed windows help insulate your home and will save on the costs of heating and cooling
- Insulation – Similar to having efficient windows, a home that is well-insulated will help you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, while also reducing the heating and air-conditioning bill.
- Air Conditioning/HVAC – If you have a house with air-conditioning or an HVAC system, ensure it is well maintained and your units are energy efficient.
In-home washer/dryers are a must-have for many buyers, however, having them tucked away in a small closet or in the garage can be less than ideal for some.
A dedicated laundry room is a great selling point. If you are planning on renovating your home before putting it on the market, consider adding a small room for laundry.
Additionally, second-floor laundry rooms are becoming a popular option if the bedrooms are on the second floor.
A double-car garage that also has storage for lawn equipment, tools, or holiday decorations is an appealing feature to potential buyers. If your garage is small, consider optimizing space by installing cabinetry or industrial storage racks.
Everyone knows how difficult it is to keep the carpet clean. Hardwood flooring is appealing to potential buyers for both its function and aesthetic appeal. Those with young children or pets will especially love the ease of hardwood care. If you are thinking of installing new flooring before you sell, opt for hardwood or a high-quality laminate floor.
A Master Suite
A master bedroom with an attached bathroom and large closet is a feature that could sell your home. If square footage is hard to come by, consider installing some built-in storage to show a buyer how the space can be utilized to meet their needs.
While showing your home, make sure it is staged in a way that a potential buyer could imagine themselves relaxing in that space.
In addition, minor renovations to an ensuite to give it a fresh appearance (such as a new countertop or modern tiling) can have a great return on investment.
An Updated Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the main focal points of any home showing. Make sure your kitchen is clean and decluttered. If your kitchen is outdated, consider installing some new appliances and applying a fresh coat of neutral paint before putting your home on the market.
Even if you plan on taking appliances with you, it’s important that the buyer can visualize themselves using that space.
An Outdoor Space
Potential buyers look for outdoor space. Even if your house is in an urban area with limited outdoor space, make the most of it by planting colorful plants or a small vegetable patch. If you have a property with acreage, then ensure it’s well maintained.
A patio is also sought-after in warmer states. If you have space, consider adding a patio and staging it with some simple outdoor furniture to entice potential buyers.
Many people run their businesses from their homes or work remotely on occasion. Having a dedicated office space in the house is an appealing feature to many families.
Make sure to also highlight the many ways this area can be used. Don’t need a home office? Make it a toy room for your kids or an extra bedroom for a guest!
Property Features that Sell Your Home
Selling a house is no easy task, but there are many property features that will make it more appealing. If you are limited by space, budget, or both, just remember: It’s not always about what you have, but it’s about showing the potential of what someone could have.
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