If you’re remodeled home has to compete with a newly constructed home, a recent article in BUILDER magazine highlights the features that new home buyers are looking for. Do what you can with this information and you’ll be miles ahead of your competition.
• IT’s more about how a house “lives”, rather than square footage. They don’t want a McMansion, they want a house they can use.
• It’s all about combining practicality with the way we want to live now.
• The number one request for new home buyers is a great room where everyone can gather. And there is nothing formal about these spaces. It’s all about being connected – to each other, to guests, to technology and even to the outdoors! Dining, cooking, communication; they’re all connected. We used to have a lot more walls for compartmentalized living. Now, families want an intelligent flow to/for their lives.
• Here’s a great idea: Tuck a little homework area behind the kitchen. You can still keep an eye on the kids, but they can’t see the TV (in the great room)
• New homes also tend to feel like resort living, an outgrowth of “staycations.” Next to the great room, the most requested amenity is a spa bathroom. These spa rooms take a lot of cues from hospitability. Think of the best vacation spot you been to and it probably had the “bathroom” of your dreams. It probably had amenities such as a soaking tub, steam shower, multiple shower heads, luxury cabinetry, and natural stone and maybe even heated floors! What better way to unwind from your fast paced day than relaxing in a luxurious home spa!
• According to experts, today’s home buyers are much more budget conscious, a natural consequence of the recession. They demand more value per square foot. They’re not interested in rooms they will rarely use such as a formal dining room. Most of all, home buyers want a house that “works” for them.
• ANYTHING energy efficient will put you a step above any competition! Appliances, windows – even window treatments – entry doors, no maintenance decking…..they all make a huge difference and impact!
• Other useful, thoughtful and value added amenities include:
- Storage space for recreational vehicles
- “Drop off zones” located near family used entry for recharging smart phones and tables and designed to keep everyone organized.
- Mud Rooms (And don’t forget the family pet!)
- Home office designed for work; maybe with a separate entrance for deliveries and customers.
- Media Centers for family night
- His and Her closets
- Centralized, yet hidden laundry areas