Every buyer is different, they have different tastes in décor, preferences for layout and home amenities, location needs, etc. However, they also have many things in common. They all tend to look for certain qualities in a home when buying. As a seller, or potential seller, it can be helpful to know the top five things that buyers look for in a home.
You’ve heard before that the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a house. This always has been and probably always will be true. After all, have you ever heard a buyer say that they really wish they could have an old, outdated kitchen? Buyers want kitchens that are modern and up to date. Kitchens with newer appliances, good cabinets, ample storage, and a good layout will always be appealing to potential home buyers. An eat-in kitchen is also a bonus.
Bathrooms are the second most important room in a house. Again, no buyer has ever said that they want an old bathroom. Updated bathrooms with good layouts and space will always be a selling point for buyers.
Storage is something that everyone needs and may not have enough of. So, naturally, buyers will pay attention to storage when viewing homes. This includes storage within the general living area and excess storage in basements, garages, and attics.
Energy efficiency is growing in popularity these days. If you look around, you may see lots of solar panels popping up everywhere. This shows just how important it is for people to save money on utilities. Home buyers will pay attention to windows, doors, heating systems, and other home features that could result in energy waste. Likewise, any newer features specifically installed to save energy will catch a potential buyer’s attention.
Home buyers definitely notice when a home has neutral décor. Perhaps it’s not so much neutral décor as it is not having overwhelmingly personalized décor that may not match a buyer’s personal tastes. Non-neutral décor can distract buyers or prevent them from easily visualizing their own belongings in a home. Plus, some buyers simply don’t want the added work of having to remove wall paper or paint a lot of rooms. Moving itself is stressful enough!
What can we learn from this list
If you’re looking to sell your home, it would be wise to pay attention to these key areas that are important to potential home buyers. Even if you’re not selling but are looking to renovate, keeping the above in mind can help you improve the value of your home when it eventually does come time to sell.
Suzanne Plewes is a broker associate at RE/MAX Alliance. Write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537, call 970.290.0373 or e-mail [email protected].