Features That Home Buyers Want in 2016
Buying a home is a big leap, so it is no surprise that buyers can be picky when it comes to their choices. Their desires evolve during the years, alongside their needs, and now a fancy kitchen and hardwood floors are just part of what today’s buyers are looking for. When selling your home, you should be aware that, if you do not make the updates in demand, someone else will, and you’ll be left to lower your price or consider other options. To prevent that, here are some of the top features homebuyers will want this year.
In this day and age energy-efficiency is becoming increasingly important, not only because of the savings made possible by lower energy bills, but also because of the overall awareness of the need to go green. If the hose that is being sold is in an area with specific climate, such as Edmonton, this feature is even more important because of the insulation which should keep the warmth inside the house. Proper insulation and energy-efficient double-glazed windows should be enough to appeal to homebuyers.
According to statistics, even in the distant 2008, the number of people working from home in Canada has been 1,748,600 and it continued to grow since. It is no wonder then, that majority of people in search for the perfect house, wants to have a home office. Smaller rooms and bedrooms can be easily transformed into excellent home office spaces. Plenty of natural light, intimacy and adjustable office workstation will make the potential buyers to imagine their future office and finally decide to buy.
We live in a hasty time, and everyone keeps rushing to get things done. When homebuyers are looking around the house, they want to see that they will not have to invest too much time in it. So, go with low-upkeep features, such as granite countertop and wood floors. Opposite to carpets, wooden floors can be easily updated with suitable cozy rugs which can hide enough, reveal enough and serve as accents. Young homebuyers especially search for stylish rugs, and, if needed, they would travel all the way to Australia to get one.
According to Realtor.com, more than 90 percent of homebuyers consider that separate laundry room can be crucial for the decision to purchase. Not only that laundry room offers that convenience all people strive to these days, but it also provides extra storage space. This is an addition which could cost some money, but it is an investment that will prove worthwhile.
Following the Trends
Young buyers, especially, love when their new house to be painted and equipped as the new interior decorating trends recommend. According to one of the most reputed Canadian design specialists, Jo Alcorn, 2016 will bring in pastels to our homes, alongside plant life, vintage motifs, mix metals (platinum, gold, copper and steel) and wall details. Sellers who equip their house with such neat details will have better odds for a successful sale.
Just a generation ago people searched for formal dining rooms when buying their homes. Today, the appeal of formal dining room is los and the kitchen and the dining room have become places for “hanging” with family and friends. Today’s buyers are attracted to open concept kitchen and open home plan.
Photos and Staging
To get the buyers to even look at their house, home sellers will have to make it a fine sight for the eye. Many owners are deciding to hire a professional photographer to capture the essence of their homes and appeal to potential buyers. Because majority of homebuyers has a previously determined image of how their dream house will look like, it is important for the sellers to stage their homes in a way which accentuates its best features.
Good luck pleasing the buyers’ wishes this year!
About Sara MacLennan
Sara MacLennan is the Director of Marketing at Liv Real Estate and a licensed Real Estate Associate. The bulk of Sara’s experience and wealth of expertise lies in on-line technology and marketing both for agents and consumers. Sara is the former National Director for Interactive Marketing for Coldwell Banker Canada where she was responsible for an extensive training program traveling to offices across the country training agents and brokers on marketing and technology. Find Sara on Twitter @edmontonblogger.