POPULAR FEATURES HOMEBUYERS LOOK FOR
Most homeowners are reluctant to make upgrades and renovations to their homes when it comes time to list their homes for sale. They won’t be living there much longer, so spending money on improvements that won’t increase their home’s value by astronomical amounts or ones that they won’t be able to enjoy for a long time tends to deter many individuals. Instead, making small upgrades to add property value is much more beneficial. This way, sellers can enjoy these improvements while they’re living there, while also capturing the attention of potential buyers.
To Make the Most of your Budget and Attract More Buyers,
Consider Adding these Popular Features:
1. Hardwood Floors
Hardwood flooring continues to be the flooring of choice for most homeowners. It’s durable, typically easy to maintain, and gives any space a fresher, cleaner look. Hardwood flooring can also be refinished several times to help it last for decades to come. Also, its timeless appeal and variety of styles make it suitable for almost any decor, adding a touch of elegance and warmth to living spaces. The natural patterns in the wood add unique character to each room, ensuring that no two floors are exactly alike. Moreover, hardwood floors are known for their ability to improve indoor air quality, as they don’t trap dust, allergens, or odors, making them an ideal choice for a healthy home environment.
2. Open Floor Plans
Open floor plans improve the functionality of multiple rooms. Having a free-flowing space allows for easier entertaining and increased natural light. For families with small children, it’s easier to keep an eye on them while getting things done around the house. Additionally, these layouts often enhance the sense of spaciousness, making even smaller homes feel larger and more inviting. The seamless transition between living, dining, and kitchen areas fosters a more social atmosphere, encouraging interaction and togetherness among the home’s residents and guests. This type of design also offers greater flexibility in decorating and furniture placement, allowing homeowners to tailor the space to their changing needs and preferences.
3. Granite Counter Tops & Stainless-Steel Appliances
Kitchen renovations tend to be the most expensive and tedious to undertake, making them a project most new homeowners don’t want to worry about. However, if you’re selling your home and have an updated kitchen complete with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, potential buyers are more likely to put in higher offers. You may find that this project is worth the time and money, especially come springtime when competition is higher and more bidding wars start happening. And of course, don’t forget to check to see if you need a permit to make any large renovations to your home!
4. Energy-Efficient Appliances and Windows
One area homeowners try to limit costs is utility bills. By incorporating energy-efficient appliances and windows into your home, potential buyers will be pleased that the home already has these features in it and are more likely to set up a time to view it. Additionally, the use of LED lighting and smart thermostats can further attract environmentally-conscious buyers by showcasing a commitment to reducing energy consumption. These upgrades not only contribute to a lower environmental footprint but also offer long-term cost savings, making the property an economically attractive option. This forward-thinking approach to energy efficiency can give your property a competitive edge in the market, appealing to buyers who are looking for a home that is both environmentally responsible and financially practical.
5. Smart Technology
Millennial buyers rely heavily on technology and with good reason – it makes day-to-day living much easier. By incorporating smart technology into your homes, such as assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, or Google’s Assistant, homeowners can ask these assistants questions, turn appliances on and off, and even adjust the temperature. There are also several smart thermostats now available for purchase, such as the Ecobee and Nest. Both can be adjusted from your mobile device and have several settings to fit your lifestyle.
6. Curb Appeal
It can be challenging to even get buyers in the door if your home doesn’t have enough curb appeal. The first photo buyers look at when shopping for homes should be of an inviting, well-taken-care-of home. Simple things like ensuring the lawn is in tip-top shape, adding a wreath to the door, and planting some flowers can make all the difference. A fresh coat of paint on the front door can’t hurt either. Keeping the driveway and walkways clean and in good repair not only improves accessibility but also adds to the overall attractiveness of the property. Consider adding charming but inexpensive touches like a new mailbox, house numbers, or window boxes to create an even more welcoming entrance. These small improvements can significantly boost the home’s value and make a lasting first impression!
Consult with a Lamacchia Realty REALTOR®
For many homeowners, it can be overwhelming to decide which upgrades or renovations will be worth the time and money when it comes time to sell their home. At Lamacchia Realty, our REALTORS® aren’t only specialized in helping you buy or sell property, but they can also provide insights as to what upgrades will lead to an increase in a home’s value. Every house is different, as is the market in every area, so use your REALTOR® as a resource and learn what will give you the most bang for your buck!
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