House for Sale? Top 6 Attributes Buyers Look for

This is a guest post by Christina Johnson.

What are buyers looking for in a home?

1. Wide Open Spaces
Buyers no longer want homes or rental properties with separate spaces for different family functions. Now you’ll see, real estate professionals advising clients to create multipurpose spaces. Buyers will see how valuable and functional open areas are. In a family room, a media area, an office area and possibly a separate game room space would be the optimum arrangement for maximum functionality.

2. Keeping it Neutral
This is an essential aspect to creating a home. This allows your home to be attractive to many buyers, who are actually willing to pay more for a house with a neutral color palette. Don’t go painting everything beige – there are a so many beautiful modern neutrals. These colors add depth, character and intense interest to spaces without making them dull.

3. Up to date Kitchens
Updated kitchens give a fantastic return on your investment on your home Many buyers fall in love with homes based on the kitchen alone.  Most people congregate in kitchens at gatherings anyways, so buyers will envision their guests enjoying the space.

4. Smart Storage Spaces
There is a need for clever storage in a home. Well designed walk-in closets and built in storage options in a home are spacious yet accessible. Creating a few extra storage options is a smart thing to do when selling a home.

5. Energy Efficient Appliances
Many buyers insist on “keeping it green” and are looking for appliances and fixtures that are energy efficient. Examples are energy efficient lighting, toilets, kitchen and laundry room appliances. Buyers want to save money any way possible.

6. Natural flooring
Natural wood flooring has long been a desired selling feature in homes. Oak, pine and bamboo are all popular with buyers.

(Christina Johnson works remotely for Elliman Prudential.  She is using her journalism major to combine what she loves most, writing and her career.  Her specialties include home decor design and DIY home improvement projects.  )

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