According to research conducted by the National Association of Home Builders earlier this year, even though the generations and demographics of buyers vary, there is a consensus on these 7 features home buyers want in 2017. The popularity of these home features is not going away anytime soon, so if you are thinking about selling, these 7 choices are good areas to invest in.
SEPARATE LAUNDRY ROOM
A separate laundry room is at the top of the list as the most desired home feature in 2017. Buyers don't want a laundry space that is tucked away in a closet or an afterthought in the corner of the basement. Laundry is a big part of life- especially for growing families. Having a laundry room which is large enough and appropriately designed for folding clothes, piling up dirty clothes or ironing is a huge benefit, as it helps keep the mess out of the rest of the home.
CARPET-FREE MAIN LEVEL
Home buyers are opting for hardwood, laminate and vinyl flooring on the main level. Carpet on the main level, especially in the dining room, is a thing of the past. Not only do hardwood floors give a home a nice sleek look, they’re also cleaner, easier to maintain and more durable than carpeting. Laminate and vinyl floor technology has advanced so much in the past ten years that is is difficult to tell that these types of floors are not really wood or tile. Laminate and vinyl flooring provide a more affordable, more durable option than real hardwoods, however real wood floors can be refinished and updated for years to come. Chances are even if you have new carpet on the main level, buyers are picturing your house with hardwoods.
A bathroom with both a tub and shower is a common home feature buyers look for and essential for young families. Over the years, the tub/ shower combo became the standard with home builders. Buyers now look for separate tubs and showers and the jetted tub of the early 2000s is out. A free standing tub adds a little piece of luxury that appeals to home buyers and it looks more expensive, more up to date and more relaxing.
Exterior lighting is the #1 most desired outdoor home feature in 2017. Exterior lighting indicates an attention to detail that lets buyers know you've thought of everything and have taken great care of your home. Buyers are moved by emotion and an illuminated home that highlights landscaping can improve the aesthetics of a home and set a mood. Even if buyers do not see your home at night in person, Including professional photos of your home lit up at night with beautiful exterior lights will create the ambiance you want.
STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES
Kitchen trends are big on buyers lists and stainless steel appliances have been a popular home feature for more than five years now. This is one feature that experts say is not going away anytime soon. Buyers equate this home feature with a recent remodel, indicating that the appliances are new. This means that they can move right in and not have to worry about upgrades and updates.
Just about everyone has upgraded to a smartphone and this is one trend that is never going backwards. It is wise to get your home up to date and compatible with smartphone technology. Smartphones have the ability to access your home's security systems, heating and cooling systems, and various devices via apps that make it even more sell-able. Smartphone apps which connect to your home give you the opportunity to improve efficiency and control home systems from wherever you are.
In addition to smartphone updates, adding energy-efficient windows can help cut heating and cooling costs by 12%, an ENERGY STAR appliance like a washing machine can help save a homeowner $40 or more a year on utility bills and an ENERGY STAR Certified Home uses 15-30% less energy.