Guest Writer: Sally Norton
As the housing market continues to be strong despite the pandemic, this might be a good time to sell a property. However, if you want to sell the house quickly and for a higher price, you should consider the home features today's buyers want most. Even if it might not come cheap, investing in the property will all be worth it. Homebuyers aren't willing to compromise on the features they want. Moreover, they are often willing to pay much more for modern homes that are in top condition. As a result, we tried to identify which house features would satisfy even the most demanding buyer. Read this article to find out which features are worth investing in and will increase the value of a property.
An upgraded kitchen
Your kitchen is more important than you might think. As a matter of fact, it can help sell your house or be a deal-breaker. So, pay attention to the home features that today’s buyers want most in their kitchen. A double sink, a walk-in pantry, enough eating space, and a kitchen island, for example, are highly valued. In addition, updating the kitchen with high-end cabinets and countertops is also a good idea.
Furthermore, today's buyers want a kitchen that is not only stylish but also practical. Therefore, make sure to update the kitchen appliances with smarter ones that are energy-efficient.
A clean bathroom
The bathroom is the second most important room in a house. As a result, remodel your bathroom and then keep it clean and hygienic. For example, you can change the medicine cabinet and mirror, put in a new shower surround and toilet. If you have a bathtub, make sure it is in good condition and free of any limestone deposits. Also, to avoid failing a home inspection, ensure that the plumbing is in good shape. Fix or replace whatever is broken and even upgrade the plumbing fixtures. Even though upgrading a bathroom might be costly, you will most likely recover your investment when you sell the home. Moreover, if the bath is near the main living area, you will undoubtedly satisfy today's buyers. It’s one of the home features that are very popular these days.
A clean and hygienic bathroom is much more attractive to homebuyers.
A laundry room
Many homeowners want a separate laundry room to keep the mess out of their living space. A place where they can hide dirty clothing while ironing and stacking clean ones before putting them away. So if you have a spare room in the house, transform it into a laundry room. Even the basement can be a good location for it as long as it is easy to access from the main level. First, repaint the walls of the room. White is usually the color of most laundry rooms, but you can also choose colors that aren't too bright, like cream or soft grays. Then, add some shelves, cabinets, drying racks, and an ironing board. Last, you can buy a new washer and dryer that are energy efficient. In addition to having a money-saving washer and dryer, you can also have space-saving ones using stackable models.
More storage space
Most of today's homes have a common problem, not enough space. Therefore, it's no wonder that one of the home features today's buyers want most is more storage space. Making investments in building a walk-in closet, for example, will not only sell your home faster, but it will win you more money. Homebuyers are willing to pay much more for such luxury features.
At the same time, you can relocate the extra furniture to another property you have or even a storage unit. Get in touch with professional moving companies and ask for a moving estimate. Learn all there is to know about this procedure and choose the movers that provide you with the most favorable estimate. This way, you can be sure that you'll be working with movers who are a perfect fit for your needs.
One of the home features today’s buyers want the most is a walk-in closet.
A safe house
And when we talk about safety, we aren't referring only to installing a modern security system. Buyers who want to feel safe in their new home want much more than just protection from intruders. Therefore, do a complete checkup of the house and make any required improvements. Install smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, change the filters on the air conditioning, and check that the heating system is in good working condition. In addition, if you are selling a waterfront property, for example, make sure to floodproof the basement. Buyers will appreciate any upgrades you make that will improve the quality of their life.
A nice looking exterior
Some home features that today's buyers want are related to the exterior of the house. After all, most of your potential buyers will make up their minds in the first minutes after arriving at the property. If it has great curb appeal, they might consider seeing the rest of the house. If not, you can probably say goodbye to the sale. As a result, investing in some exterior home features can only be beneficial. Some of the more expensive options include a front porch, a patio, a pool, a fire pit, or an outdoor kitchen. But, there are also budget-friendly curb appeal ideas that you can put into practice. Power washing the driveway and the sidewalk, making a herb or flower garden, changing the mailbox, and so on. In addition, try to keep the yard clean of any debris that the wind might bring and mow the lawn periodically.
A backyard with a pool and good night lighting is a home feature
that will impress today’s buyers.
Knowing what home features today's buyers want most can help you sell your property faster. Not to mention that it can even help you earn more money. But, of course, that you first need to make some investments. And while some home upgrades might be less expensive, like painting the walls, others can prove to be rather costly, such as replacing all the kitchen appliances. As a result, avoid investing in any features about which you are unsure. It is better to find an experienced real estate agent who can give you the best advice and help you make the best choices.
Jason Gelios is a Husband and Father. After that, a Top Producing REALTOR®, Author of the books 'Think like a REALTOR®' and 'Beating The Force Of Average', Creator of The AskJasonGelios Real Estate Show and Expert Media Contributor to media outlets across the country.