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When you start your search for a new home, it’s likely you have an idea of the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need. You probably have a whole list of other amenities that you would like to have, such as a front porch or back patio. Today, we’re going to look at some of the most common amenities that homebuyers look for in a potential home purchase.
Stainless Steel Appliances
One of the first rooms that you really look at while doing a showing is the kitchen. If you’ve ever heard a person say the phrase ‘a kitchen sells a home’, the person knows what they’re talking about. Since you’ll likely be preparing many of your meals in the kitchen, you want one that is clean and easy to use. Stainless steel appliances are a great asset to any kitchen as they go with any style design. Whether it’s modern or rustic, stainless steel just fits in. Most homeowners at least want a stainless steel fridge and stove. A stainless steel microwave and dishwasher just put the icing on the cake.
In many older styles homes, the bathroom is that cramped room at the end of the hallway that you can barely fit one person in, let alone two. Having a spacious bathroom with room to breath is on the top of many homebuyer’s must-haves. A larger-sized bathtub, split vanity, and oversized mirrors can help sell any home. Add in some brushed nickel faucets and showerheads and you could sell any home. Again, the nickel in the bathroom provides a feeling of cleanliness which we all want to have.
There’s been a growing trend in the outdoor landscaping sector with homeowners. They like to illuminate their homes in the evening hours with accented lighting and greenery that looks inviting. Most homebuyers want a landscape that is already perfected to make a home look spectacular. It’s called curb appeal and it really does sell homes. It’s important to pay attention as a homebuyer to the types of flowers and shrubs that are planted on the property. Different plants require different levels of maintenance. If you aren’t really a green thumb, homes that have plants that require minimal landscaping may be best for you.
As we have our smartphones getting smarter, we want our homes to be getting techier. Smart homes are the newest craze for many homebuyers due to the convenience that they offer. Having tech like an automatic door opener that syncs with your smartphone can make getting locked out of your home no longer a problem. Having voice recognition to change the thermostat or dim the lights is a must for new-aged homebuyers. There are endless gadgets that can be included in new smart homes. Making a list of what you particularly want in a home can help to make your next purchase easier to find.
More and more homeowners are making their buying decisions based on the outdoor areas of homes than ever before. Homebuyers want a spacious area that is surrounded by nature and provides the perfect space for some outdoor living activities. Whether it’s inviting neighbors over for some backyard barbeque or putting in a hobby shed for crafting, having outdoor space is a must. Homebuyers with kids or ones planning on having kids in the near future are more likely to want a large yard as well.
Back Patio or Porch
As you’ve just learned, outdoor space is a must. Part of that outdoor space is a porch or patio that allows for a sectioned off portion of your yard for entertaining purposes. Those small side porches won’t do any longer for the homebuyers of today. Rather, they want to have larger porches or patios that allow for excess room. Porches that have built-in outdoor kitchens and bars are always a desired amenity.
As the world gets busier, we find it harder to meet our commitments. Traveling to the gym each day can start to go to the wayside when it comes to keeping up with your other priorities. Having a home gym can make life so much easier. You can cut the travel costs and time to your local gym. Plus, you’ll never have to wait to use the equipment. Homebuyers are finding it more and more convenient to have a home gym and are actively searching for homes that have them.
Yep, that’s right. Homebuyers are still looking for that convenient thing called a garage where they can store their car in the wintertime. In most cases, they end up storing items but the idea is what sells the home. Having a garage or carport can do wonders for the sale value of a home. As a homebuyer, you should look for homes that have this amenity as it cannot only help to keep your car out of the elements, but it can provide great excess storage room for your items.
As you can see, there are many amenities that are topping the must-have list of potential homebuyers. As a homebuyer, it’s a good idea to include items from this list that you like to your search criteria. As a home seller, this can give you some great insight into what upgrades to do to your home before putting it on the market to ensure you get the highest price possible in your local area.