7 Home Improvements Realtors Say Buyers Want Most
May is National Home Improvement Month, and the perfect time to complete those home improvement projects. For homeowners with plans to list their homes in our very active Salem-Keizer real estate market, an upgrade might be just what puts them at the top of a buyer’s list of “dream homes.” But what exactly are they looking for? Dale’s Remodeling has researched this question and we’ve come up with agents’ top seven most requested home improvements that pay off big for today’s sellers.
- Low Maintenance
Our lives are busy and nobody wants to spend their time with high maintenance home projects. Today we look for homes that are easy to maintain, with beautiful and durable features like hardwood floors and manufactured decking materials, like Azek and Timber Tech.
- Big Kitchens with Open Floor Plans
The kitchen is the gathering spot for many families, so buyers are looking for large, open kitchens with plenty of room for food prep, homework, socializing and seating for the whole family.
- Energy Efficiency
Who doesn’t want to save money? New homeowners might be anxious about the cost of maintaining a home as they begin their search and sellers can help to alleviate their worries by upgrading their windows and appliances with high-efficiency products.
- Connected Within and Without
It’s a high-tech world and buyers want to be connected. Easy access USB ports are a perfect solution for all those devices waiting to be recharged and a great start to your family’s information hub.
Not only can you benefit with new technologies when you’re at home, they can keep you stay connected when you’re out and about. Today’s systems allow you to turn on the heat or air conditioning as you head home from work or check in with your security system when on vacation with only a few clicks through the ease of an app.
- Storage Space
There’s never enough space for growing families, but providing as much as you can in a home you’re planning to sell will certainly catch the attention of buyers. Look for areas that can be easily be overlooked, like under stairs or dividing walls.
- Mud Rooms and Laundry Rooms
Life can be messy, and that’s exactly why buyers are looking for mud rooms and laundry rooms when they’re researching the market. A well-organized mud room or laundry room that includes counter space, deep sinks and enough storage space for all your laundry supplies tells a buyer they’re looking at a house that can stay neat and tidy, even during their busiest seasons.
- Exterior Lighting and Patios
New homeowners love to open their doors to friends and family. With exterior lighting and a patio that offers enough space for seating, buyers know they’ll have a beautiful setting for welcoming guests as soon as the papers are signed.
There’s no better time than now, National Home Improvement Month, to get your home ready to sell. Garner the attention of real estate agents with the upgrades their buyers are asking for most with only a few upgrades. The team at Dale’s Remodeling’s is ready to discuss which projects will work best for your home.