Do you know what updates home buyers want?

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Are you getting ready to list your home on the market for sale? Rob Roland Realty wants to help you quickly sell your property; that is why we share our tips regularly on our news feed. Today we want to share with you what updates home buyers want and are actively looking for in purchasing a new home.

We understand that you may be hesitant to upgrade features of your home because you will not be living there much longer. However, by not improving or putting any effort into the process can leave your home on the market longer and hinder the sale of your home. Home-improvement projects do not have to break the bank. Sometimes they can be as simple as keeping your paint scheme current with the times.

Laundry Room

The number one feature that home buyers are looking for today, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) list is a separate laundry room. Having a different place to work on laundry and do ironing keeps frequent messes from entering living areas.

If your home does not currently have a laundry room, the basement is typically the cheapest and simplest place to add one quickly. Utility lines are already there, and framing in a room could be as affordable as $1,000.

Buyers Are Energy Conscious

With the continual increase in utility bills over the past decade, home buyers are more energy aware than ever before. Potential buyers are also more conscious of the impact they are having on the environment and want to conserve as much energy as they can for that reason as well.

Would-be buyers are drawn to properties that have updated appliances with excellent energy star ratings and energy-efficient windows.

Did you know that energy-efficient windows can reduce the heating and cooling costs of your home by 12%? These types of windows have an invisible glass coating that contains gas between the panes and sturdier weather stripping that reduces heat gain or loss.

Making a trip to your local home-improvement store for a couple of appliances and windows can have a positive impact on how quickly your home sells.

Patio Space

It can be easy to forget to upgrade your outdoor spaces by focusing only on the indoor living areas, but today people are looking to entertain.

If your home has a great view or a considerable backyard potential buyers envision themselves having drinks, fixing meals, or having friends and family over to spend time together. Why not take the extra step with some simple upgrades in furniture or staining your deck or patio and help them envision themselves already doing it in your home?

Garage Storage Space

Homebuyers are always looking for storage spaces to meet their growing needs, especially those with children. The best upgrade you can create is an organized garage space.

Why is the garage better than an attic or backyard shed? Because garages are easily accessible and only a few steps away from the main home. Garages make it easy to carry items to and from the house without much effort.

If you are looking for a way to update your garage, consider adding shelving, peg wallboards, additional lighting, electrical outlets, and cabinetry.  

Exterior Lighting

Finally, if the outside of your home does not have sufficient lighting, consider adding fixtures to make it well lit. Adding light will make it easier for home-buyers to see the property and access it safely, but it also improves the aesthetics. According to the NAHB, exterior lighting is the second most wanted outdoor feature behind an updated patio space. Adding illumination can cost you as little as $65.00 per fixture.

Overall, your goal is to sell your home quickly so you can move into a new space and begin enjoying it. Taking the time now to update, repair, and upgrade can go a long way into helping your home sell. Your upgrades do not have to be over the top and break the bank but could meet the needs of someone looking for a home. If you need any help in deciding on what to upgrade or have questions don’t hesitate to contact us here at Rob Roland Realty today!