If you are selling your house, it is a given that you want it sold as soon as possible. Having your house sit on the market for a long period is costly and inconvenient. To sell it quickly, it is important to know some of the most popular qualities in a home that buyers are looking for.
1. Updated Windows
Buyers are looking for energy efficiency in the home they want to buy to save money and be more environmentally friendly. When buyers see old windows, they automatically think about high utility bills and drafts. The most effective way to increase energy efficiency is to update old windows with good quality, Energy Star-rated windows.
2. Open Floor Plans
A house with an open floor plan tends to top the "must have" list of many buyers. An open floor plan makes an area seem larger and brighter, and they have a more modern and contemporary feel. Buyers also like open layouts because it makes entertaining easier, while parents find it easier to keep an eye on young children while they are cooking and working on household tasks.
3. Office Space
Updates and advances in technology and communication make working from home an attractive option for many workers. Because of this trend, many buyers are looking for a home that has a home office. Whether it is an isolated bedroom or a formal dining room that can easily be converted to office space, having a home office is a must-have for many home buyers.
4. Hardwood Floors
Once highly sought-after, wall-to-wall carpeting has gone out of favor. More buyers are seeking the classic look of hardwood floors. Due to their timeless look, their durability, and the fairly easy upkeep, hardwood floors are an attractive feature to many people looking to buy a home.
5. Stone Countertops
Home buyers want high quality fixtures in a home, and that includes in their kitchen. Granite or quartz countertops are beloved by most potential buyers because of the combination of beauty, easy of care, and durability.
6. Patio or Outdoor Living Space
Having a space outside that is great for relaxing or entertaining is very attractive to potential buyers. A potential buyer wants to see himself or herself relaxing on the back patio enjoying a cup of coffee or holding a gathering outdoors. When they come across an attractive outdoor space while touring a home, that can make the difference between moving on and moving in.
7. Stainless Steel Appliances
Many buyers are listing stainless steel appliances on their must-have lists. White or black appliances, regardless of when they were purchased, seem dated and cheap-looking. Stainless appliances are seen as being newer, more modern, and of a higher quality.
8. Updated Bathroom
Old linoleum, dingy grout, and dated fixtures in a bathroom will make many potential buyers turn and run. Homebuyers are seeking bathrooms that are modern, clean, and bright, especially for the master bathroom. While windows are great for lighting, even new light fixtures can make a bathroom significantly brighter and more attractive.
Carports and open driveways are not attractive to many buyers. Home buyers want the security and comfort of being able to park their car (or cars) in a garage. This is especially true in areas where cold winters are the norm, as no one likes scraping ice off of their car or thawing locks.
10. Large Closets
Storage is a necessity for home buyers, and most have "closet space" on their list of must-haves. Homes with limited or inefficient closet space, especially in the master bedroom, is a big turn-off for buyers. Even if a closet is not a walk-in, using shelving and add-ons can make the space more efficient.