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Home Features Buyers Are Looking For in 2022

Home Features Buyers Are Looking For in 2022


Home Features Buyers Are Looking For In 2022

Looking to buy a house but unsure what to look for? What is available on the market can at times be overwhelming, especially if you are not firm and unsure yet on what you want and need. Making a list of what you want and need would make it easier for you and your realtor to find your perfect home at the price you can afford. Find out what other buyers are looking for in their home purchase to help you make that list:   Curb Appeal Judging a book by its cover is not generally a good thing, but, this is the reality of life and is how real estate works. First impressions are important. A home’s curb appeal is very important to a lot of potential buyers, it gives the impression that the house is in a good neighborhood, well-maintained, and feels homey. A well-maintained front yard will also let people know that the house is regularly occupied and well-placed plants can help you protect your privacy by avoiding passers-by from looking into your home or getting too close.  Laundry Room Gone are the days when washers and dryers were in the garage or tucked into the hall closet. Homebuyers are now looking for a designated laundry space or room to make doing the laundry a better and more pleasant experience. Laundry rooms typically have the washer and dryer, a sink, countertops and tables for folding laundry, shelves for storage, and floor space to set up the ironing board. Kitchen Most homebuyers look at the kitchen before anything else. Different home buyers will have different criteria and preferences in a kitchen that would be best suited for them. The most common features that home buyers look at in their kitchens are layout, appliances, lighting, cabinets, pantry, and countertops. Oper Floor Plan An open floor plan appeals to a lot of buyers nowadays. It creates a more spacious and open feel and makes it easier to access everything in your home. There is also a lot more flexibility in using floor space. Another appeal to homeowners is it makes entertaining guests easier. Home Office Home offices are a  feature that is usually found in rich households or in the homes of business owners, where they can run their business from home. However, the last couple of months has shown us that working from home can be done even if you are just a regular employee. A lot of companies now are transitioning to a hybrid set-up where they can work a few days from the office and a few days from the comfort of their homes. This has increased the appeal of houses with home offices or small rooms with the right features that can be converted to a home office, for homebuyers.  Hardwood Flooring A lot of homebuyers look for houses with hardwood flooring. Carpeted,  tiled, and laminated flooring does not have the same appeal as it did before. Hardwood floors are a popular choice because it require less maintenance, it is a lot easier to clean, very versatile. And let’s face it, it looks a lot more elegant and luxurious than a carpeted or vinyl floor. Half Bathrooms You may have heard of half bathroom when you were going over listings and unsure what it meant. Well a half bathroom is essentially a bathroom with a toilet and sink, but without a shower or bath, or more commonly called a “powder room” Powder rooms are really made for guests and the people that you have over in your home. This is a great feature to have if you are a private person and wouldn’t want guests to have to enter your bedroom just to get to the bathroom or even if it's a shared bathroom where they can see all your personal effects and belongings.  Outdoor Living Spaces Outdoor living spaces like patios, porches, and decks, especially if places in the front yard increase curb appeal. However, most homebuyers are looking for outdoor living spaces in the backyard. This space can be used to  entertain guests, have small gatherings, and just a place where you can enjoy great weather and hang out with friends and family   Final Thoughts Buying a house for your family is a big decision, but it does not have to be difficult. Ultimately you have to decide on a house that would suit your wants and needs. Focusing on your list as you start going to open houses and viewings so you don’t end up compromising on things you need or spending money on features that you do not want.