What Are Homebuyers Looking for in a House?

And How Can You Create it in Yours?

If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market this year, your goal is probably to sell it fast and for a great price. What are homebuyers looking for? Let’s explore what the current trends are and how you can make affordable changes to your home to meet the interests of the market.

Realtor mag released this list of amenities most likely to be included in new single-family homes in 2015 as well as some other housing trends popular among buyers. Some of features and trends that homeowners really want are walk – in closets, updated laundry rooms, and all white kitchens.

If your home is lacking these features, here are ways to “add” some these amenities to your existing home without a major remodel, making your house more attractive to potential buyers so that it can sell more quickly!

Master Bedroom Walk-in Closet

What to do if you don’t have a walk-in closet? Make the one you have look as elegant and functional as possible! closet

  • Start simple: Make sure your current closet is cleaned out and organized. One recommendation says that you should remove 50% of your belongings so your prospective buyers can see the closet itself and not your clothes.  
  • Use boxes and baskets: Invest in some baskets or pretty storage boxes so that whatever closet space you have includes the features that are often found in a walk in.
  • Add where you can: Consider adding an extra shelf or rod if possible – high shelves are great for storing out of season items.
  • Bring in lighting: Adding extra lighting (an inexpensive battery stick on light works well) will give an instant upgrade to your closet. So will a fresh coat of paint. Pick a light color so that your closet shines!

RealtyWorks Ready-to-Sell Checklist

Laundry Room

Laundry day is inevitable so it is not surprising that people want a nice place to sort, soak, and fold! Whether your washer and dryer are in the basement, the hallway, or tucked into a closet you can enhance the space and give it a laundry “room” feel.

  • Clean and organize: Make sure your laundry area is housing things that are only used for laundry! As with the closet, let the buyers see the space and not your belongings.
  • Add storage: If things are strewn about add some storage components that will house them neatly. Hang an extra shelf, add an over-the-door organizer, and put some extra hooks up on a wall. When everything has its place the space will instantly look bigger.
  • Decorate: A fresh coat of paint, or a new light fixture can brighten up and modernize an area. If you’re in a cement floor basement, perhaps an inexpensive area rug would improve the feeling in the space. Boxes, bins, or baskets also look better for decoration and organization.  

Need a jumping off point? Check out this article for design ideas and inspiration!

Bathroom Linen Closet  

If your main bathroom lacks a linen closet – fake it and add storage in other ways! There are plenty of creative ways to add storage to an existing bathroom. Here are some of our favorites:

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  • Use what you have: Mount shelves above the door or over the toilet for extra storage and add towel racks to the back of the door.
  • Invest in storage: Use baskets and bins for whatever space you do have, maximizing the places to hide items. Corral bottles and tubes together so they take up less space.
  • De-clutter the space: Don’t forget to remove clutter in your bathroom too! Clean countertops will always make a space look bigger and that is always attractive to potential buyers.
  • Stage it – Fold towels neatly and coordinate colors if you can. Before showing your house, pick up excess towels and leave out only those that fit neatly on your shelves and towel racks.

This post from Apartment Therapy is full of ideas for adding storage to a small bathroom and they are all inexpensive and DIY!

White Kitchens

White kitchens remain at the height of popularity, so give the people what they want! Find a way to incorporate some white into your kitchen to give it a fresh look and up-to-date feel.

  • Cabinets – Painting your cabinets is guaranteed to give your kitchen a fresh feel. It’s possible to do it yourself inexpensively if you’re willing to devote a little elbow grease. Choosing a white or light shade will be appealing to a wide audience.
  • Window Treatments – this is a simple way to bring a little brightness into your kitchen. Adding a white shade or curtain to windows can change the feel of the whole room.
  • Accessories! – If a major change isn’t possible, use accessories to add some white. Vases, containers, and planters can all be found inexpensively at home goods stores. Or, if you already have some on hand, a can of white spray paint and a Saturday afternoon is all it takes to give them a unified and fresh look (this is a great tutorial on spray-painting small objects).

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Programmable Thermostat

Smart Homes are all the rage – but you don’t have to invest in major changes to bring your home into the 21st century. Start small with a programmable thermostat!

This is an upgrade that can be done quickly and will not break the bank (you may want to consider installing a programmable thermostat even if you are not selling your home, as it is a way to cut down on energy bills)!

According to Consumer Reports, installing a programmable thermostat can save a homeowner $180 a year on energy costs! Energy efficient homes are always attractive.

Programmable thermostats are easy to find at home improvement stores or online. They range from simple devices that you can install yourself in a matter of minutes, to fancier “smart” versions that can be controlled remotely from your smartphone or computer.

Maximize the Potential of Your Home

You only have one chance to make a first impression on a home buyer!  Maximize the potential of your home by putting in some time and effort before you put it on the market. Even small changes will give your home the feel of being up-to-date and well-cared for, making it very desirable in today’s housing market.

Do you want to sell your home? Do you have questions about how to sell your home for the best price? Give us a call at 802-438-2131, our team would love to work with you to get your home sold quickly!