Which Features are Home Buyers Looking for in 2015?

spacious laundry roomIf you’re considering selling your home, it’s important to understand the current real estate market, from both the big-picture and local levels. In addition to knowing the average home sale prices and other pertinent data for your neighborhood, you need to know which features home buyers love or hate. Even if your house doesn’t have all of the sought-after features, knowing what your potential buyers are looking for will help you figure out how to stage your home, playing up its strengths and minimizing its weaknesses.

Walk-ins welcome

Walk-in closets are on the “must-have” list for many home buyers these days. Even if you don’t have spacious, his-and-hers walk-in closets, you should do your best to make your closets appealing. One smart strategy is to take any out of season clothes and other items out of your closet and put them in storage elsewhere.

Grateful for great rooms

Open floor plans are a good fit with today’s more modern, casual family lifestyles. Homeowners want open spaces that merge the living room, kitchen, and/or dining area into one cohesive room. This allows for more conversation and enables parents to keep an eye on kids while they play in the adjoining space.

Laundry in the lap of luxury

Pinterest has obviously had an effect! Today’s home buyers are not content to settle for a gloomy basement corner or a cramped closet off the kitchen. Buyers are looking for more space for folding and storage, high-end appliances, and handy features like built-in ironing boards. And if the whole space looks good to boot, so much the better.

Energy efficiency, inside and out

Whether motivated by conservation concerns, frugality, or both, energy efficient features are in high demand by home buyers. Energy Star appliances are a good selling point, and other features like programmable thermostats and low-e windows are also popular. If your home has any features that decrease utility bills, make sure buyers know!

Spacious ceilings (on the first floor)

Home buyers are loving the spacious feel of homes that boast an extra foot or two of wall height, at least on the first floor. 9- or 10-foot ceilings in kitchens, dining rooms, and great rooms are a popular request for home builders at the moment, but buyers still prefer the cozier dimensions of normal 8-foot ceiling heights for upper-story bedrooms.

Also worth noting: The tall-ceiling appreciation does not extend to cathedral ceilings in great rooms. As previously mentioned, homeowners want more energy efficiency, and large rooms with 2-story high ceilings are anything but efficient when it comes to heating and cooling.

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