1. 87% of Buyers Want a Laundry Area
If you have your washer and dryer situated in a dark corner of the basement, it is time to do something about this. Consider an upgrade or a rearrangement.
Furthermore, the majority of those that want a dedicated space for laundry also have a place where they would like it to be. 63% of buyers want their laundry room on the first floor. It is clear to see that most people want the laundry room closely connected to the main living space.
2. 87% of Buyers Want Exterior Lighting
Not too many people are searching Pinterest for the best exterior lighting, nor do they gaga over exterior lighting at an open house. Just the same, exterior lighting adds considerable value in terms of curb appeal and security measures — and no one is going to be thrilled about a single gloomy porch light.
You can make improvements by considering what lighting options you already have and what you can do to improve them. You may not even need to hire an electrician to make these improvements. You can simply upgrade the options you have or use bulbs that cast more light.
Another good way to provide this highly desirable feature to your room is by using exterior lighting. Of course, this will probably be more than a simple DIY project, but the final results will be well worth the effort.
3. 83% of Buyers Want Ceiling Fans
If you asked your friends what they want in a new home, ceiling fans are probably not going to be very high on the list. Nevertheless, 83% of those buyers surveyed chose this feature from over 100 other options, so it is an improvement that should not be ignored.
The best news is that ceiling fans are something very easy to install and don’t cost that much either. This small improvement can greatly increase the perceived value of your home. If you want to take this plan to a whole new level, you may think of upgrading ceiling fans or lighting fixtures to a ‘Fan-delier’. These ornate ceiling fans look like chandeliers and include all the functionality of a ceiling fan. Fan-delivers are also increasing in popularity and are a great item to highlight when selling your home.
4. 83% Want ENERGY STAR rated Windows
Homes that feature energy efficient apparatus are sure to fetch top-dollar and a flock of interested buyers. This is especially true about Energy Star windows that regulate temperature and help to save on energy expenses. This is something that most home buyers think of very highly.
The sad truth is that such an upgrade is not cheap and certainly not DIY. Nevertheless, it is important to know that these upgrades are highly valued in today’s markets if you are planning on investing in a remodel or selling your flat. If you already have energy-efficient windows, make sure you highlight this feature when you are marketing your real estate.
5. 82% of Buyers Want a Patio
Patios have been a desirable feature of the home forever, but now with the advent of the Great Pandemic, they have become even more desirable. Homebuyers will be thrilled to have a place outdoors where they can sit comfortably, drink coffee, entertain guests, and watch the sunset over the trees. If you are looking to increase the value of a single-family home, a patio should be high on the list.
Homebuyers have ranked patios higher on the list than even decks or porches. As a matter of fact, 82% of experts in hardscaping and construction ranked patios as one of the most important exterior projects in 2022.
The good news is that patios can be far simpler projects because they are built on the ground and not elevated like a deck. If you are looking to make a considerably valuable addition to your home, a patio may be the best way to go. If your home is fortunate enough to be fitted with a scenic view or a cozy little corner that can house a picturesque patio, this makes it an even more valuable improvement and one that will be highly attractive to potential buyers.
6. 81% of Buyers Want a Side-by-Side Kitchen Sink
Even though we commonly see large farmhouse sinks displayed in the finest houses, this doesn’t mean that’s what your potential homebuyer is going to actually want. This is why it is essential to look at the facts when choosing the upgrade you will make. For example, side-by-side kitchen sinks have ranked very highly in desirability.
Of course, there will be some situations where the large farmhouse style sink is the best option for your home. It will be important to get a good recommendation from an experienced home seller.
7. 81% of Buyers Want a Walk-in Pantry
Everyone loves storage space and this is why a large and spacious area to keep your food is an extremely valuable thing for homebuyers. If your home was not actually built with this space in mind, it may be difficult to include. Nevertheless, a crafty contractor can show you many ways to include ample storage space in your home kitchen.