Ask a Realtor what buyers are looking for and they will tell you they prefer well-designed homes that are comfortable and energy efficient. Mortgage rates have remained low and with a plethora of homes for sale means buyers expect more for their money.
What features are Buyers particularly looking for? While every buyer is different; some want a brand new home which usually means open floor plan and neighborhood amenities. While others prefer an older home and they are looking for what the house “can be” once they are through with renovations to make the house their home. Here are a few universal features both are looking for.
Hardwood floors continue to be a must-have for home buyers. They add warmth and beauty to rooms and are relatively easy to maintain. They make small rooms look larger and large rooms look inviting. Changing the look of a room with a hardwood floor is as easy as changing the style of the area rug. Good laminates are acceptable and ceramic tile in baths are a plus. But, hardwood floors continue to be the king of flooring choices.
A garage is a must-have. Homeowner like being able to get into their cars without having to get wet on rainy days and the additional storage is important. The brutal Southern Summer the garage will keep your car protected it and looking newer longer. And of course a garage is the ideal place to store lawnmowers, bikes and tools. Three car garages are especially popular in this area due to the number of home owners who park their boat in the additional bay.
There’s nothing like a fireplace to make a house feel like a home. A matter of gas vs. work burning fireplaces doesn’t seem to matter much here in the South. Home buyers love the decorative appeal of a fireplace, and the glow of a fire is just divine. While Southern winters aren’t harsh let one big ice storm come along and the power go out you will be glad you have one. Plus, a fireplace can cut down on heating cost.
Spacious Walk-in Closets
Home buyers love large closets and consider it one of the most important features in a home. Closet space keeps clothing organized and also helps keep rooms clutter-free. In a home with smaller rooms, a walk-in closet can free up valuable space since it can store as much clothing as a large bureau or dresser.
Today homeowners expect backyards to be an extension of their indoor living spaces. With the majority of the year in the South having pleasant weather we spend a lot of our time outdoors. Homeowners are investing more in their outdoor living spaces with patios, pools, gardens, and outdoor kitchens. A fenced yard helps define the space that belongs to the house . And it’s a must-have for buyers with small children or dogs