If you are looking to sell your home, this is one of the best times to do so. Taking full advantage of today’s sellers’ market means understanding the needs and wants of what buyers want at this time.
There is no denying how the pandemic has had a significant effect on buyer preferences. Over the last two years, most of the population spent months at home, working and learning remotely, and conducting most of their business and social interactions online. If there is anything sheltering in place has emphasized, it is the importance of being in a home that is comfortable for all who live there, functional, and adaptable to our ever-changing needs.
If you’re thinking of selling your house, let the ideal guide you when fixing your home for its next occupant. That said, not all home projects are created equal.
Below are the top home features that most buyers want in 2022:
- Laundry room
Surprise, surprise. A laundry room is the number one feature homebuyers are looking for in 2022. Considering the amount of time people spend at home, it isn’t surprising how a separate room to wash dirty clothes is much desired. Buyers want to keep clutter and mess at bay, and having a laundry room means having a dedicated area for the week’s washing.
If you don’t have a spare room to convert into a laundry area, renovating your basement to accommodate the washer and dryer is the easiest and most affordable solution. Get appliances that are energy efficient; they’re another selling point for buyers.
- Energy-efficient appliances
Modern buyers understand the cost of owning and maintaining a home. As such, most of them are looking for ways to cut utility costs. Sellers should take advantage of this trend by upgrading appliances and other features with energy efficiency equal to the aesthetic of newer models.
For example, energy-efficient washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, and HVAC units can cut utility costs by 25%. Likewise, installing ceiling fans and tinted windows can trim heating and cooling costs by 12%. For more modest improvements, switching to energy-efficient lighting can still function as a selling point to attract the right buyers.
- Stable internet
Today 4.3 million Americans work remotely, or 3.2% of the entire workforce. Therefore, current homebuyers are looking for properties within an area with a strong cell service and a stable internet connection. This upgrade is relatively simple and easy on the wallet. In most cases, all you need to purchase is a signal booster and you are good to go.
In 2022, most first-time buyers are millennials graduating from a cramped apartment into a more spacious living space. These buyers want an outdoor area for the whole family to enjoy, safely. A patio is an affordable addition to your property that can significantly jack up its value. The main draw of a patio is the ease of maintenance and upkeep. It allows people to spend time outdoors without the hassle of maintaining a garden or the cost of building a deck.
- Exterior lighting
Exterior lighting adds to a property’s all-important curb appeal. It highlights the beauty of a well-manicured lawn and the coziness of a furnished patio. It allows homeowners to enjoy their outdoor space well into the evening. More than aesthetics, exterior lighting is functional and an added safety element for the exterior of your property.
- Double kitchen sink
Without the option to eat out, most kitchens were used heavily when people sheltered in place. At this time, most families realized the value of having a double kitchen sink to keep cleaning up a breeze. When choosing the right sink for the upgrade, consider models that can accommodate larger pots and pans.
All home improvement projects regardless of scale costs time and money. They are investments on your property that require attention and diligence.
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Remember that small differences can count for a significant difference on your profit margin. Improvements increase the value of your home, enhance its desirability (and, therefore, affect the speed with which the home is sold), and a significant amount of the cost recouped once you sell your home.
Renovations aren’t the only thing that can help you secure the best deal in selling your home. Working with top-tier real estate professionals makes a world of a difference. If you are currently in the process of selling your Pennsylvania home, we at RE/MAX Direct are eager to help!
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