Remodeling tips to get your house sold in 2014

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

 ~Jan Lehman

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