What makes the perfect home?
We all have different preferences when it comes to our ideal home, but in the case of buying there are certain attributes that are generally sought after.
Here, I’ll look at some of the common features that attract buyers when their hunting for their next home.
Location, location, location is both an estate agent’s mantra and the name of a popular TV show.
But there’s no doubting the importance of where a home is situated when it comes to attracting buyer interest.
It’s fair to say that location is one of the most important factors – if not the most – for buyers when looking to purchase a home.
Buyers often look for properties that are in desirable areas, such as those close to good schools, parks, shops, and public transportation.
Many buyers will check out if a location is safe and secure before considering making an offer, especially if they have children.
A good location can have a huge impact on a property’s resale value, making it a smart investment in the long run.
2. Curb appeal
First impressions matter, and this is particularly true when it comes to selling a home.
Buyers are often drawn to properties with good curb appeal, such as well-maintained landscaping, an attractive front entrance, and a clean exterior.
A property with good curb appeal can create a positive first impression and make buyers more interested in seeing the rest of the home.
There are plenty of things you can do to improve your property’s curb appeal that won’t break the bank.
3. Layout and size
Buyers often look for homes with a functional and well-designed layout.
They want a layout that meets their needs and suits their lifestyle, such as open-plan living areas or separate spaces for work or play.
Additionally, the size of the property is also an important consideration, with many buyers looking for a home that offers enough space for their family and any future growth.
On the subject of open plan living, this is becoming increasingly popular at the time of writing.
Many home owners, especially families, are drawn to the idea of this style of property – with wide open spaces incorporating kitchen/diner/living area leading onto a garden through bi-fold doors.
If you’re planning to sell in a few years, it’s worth considering making some internal modifications along these lines to make your home more appealing to buyers.
You’ll need to consider the finances carefully though. This type of renovation can be expensive and you’ll need to work out if it’ll pay dividends when you sell.
4. Modern features and upgrades
Modern features and upgrades can also be a major draw for buyers.
These may include things like a modern kitchen, updated bathrooms and smart home technology, such as Nest thermostats.
Buyers are often willing to pay more for a property that offers these features as they can save time and money in the long run.
Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points are also a growing consideration as the sale of EVs continues to grow.
Having EV-ready tech installed at your could prove to be a major selling point.
5. Energy efficiency
Energy efficiency is another key feature that many buyers look for when purchasing a home.
Homes that are energy-efficient can save buyers money on utility bills and are also more environmentally friendly.
Features like energy-efficient appliances, good insulation, double glazing, and other environmentally friendly improvements, such as solar panels, can make a property more attractive to buyers.
6. Plenty of natural light
Many buyers are attracted to homes that are bright and airy, with plenty of natural light.
Sunlight has a way of making spaces feel more welcoming, spacious, and calming.
Homes with large windows, skylights, or that are oriented to take advantage of the sun’s path can all help to create a light-filled and attractive space.
There are also many things you can do to improve the lighting in your home to make it more appealing to buyers.
7. Storage space
Storage is often a critical consideration for buyers, especially those with families or who have a lot of belongings.
A home that offers ample closet space, built-in storage, and extra storage areas like a basement or garage can be very attractive to buyers.
A well-organized home that provides enough space to store all of one’s belongings can help to create a sense of order and minimize clutter.
8. Outdoor living spaces
In many areas, having an outdoor living space is highly desirable.
Whether it’s a deck, patio, or garden, buyers are often drawn to properties that offer an attractive outdoor area for relaxing or entertaining.
A well-maintained and attractive outdoor space can be a big plus when trying to sell a home.
Consider creating a dedicated BBQ area in your garden, or, if you’ve got the money, install a home office.
This could be a huge selling point for people who WFH (Work From Home).
9. Character and charm
Homes with character and charm can be very appealing to buyers.
This might include period features like original hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, or antique fixtures, as well as unique architectural details or a distinctive design style.
These features can give a home personality and help it stand out from other homes in the area.
So, if your home some character features, make sure you show them off to maximum effect.
10. A good home inspection report
A home inspection report is an essential step in the home buying process.
Buyers are often looking for homes that have been well-maintained and are in good repair.
A property that has been well-maintained and is in good condition is more likely to attract buyers and sell quickly.
A good home inspection report can give buyers confidence in the property’s condition and help them avoid costly surprises down the line.
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When it comes to buying a home, buyers are often drawn to the features that I’ve mentioned above.
It’s also worth remembering that keeping your home in generally good order can be key to making a quick sale.
Routinely carry out minor repairs and improvements to ensure your home is well maintained over the long run.