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7 Top Features on Home Buyer Wishlists

Is your home as competitive as it could be?

When it comes to selling your home, it’s important to know what your buyers are looking for. While there’s no surefire way to guarantee a sale, there are a few home features that continue to top home buyer wishlists. These features can easily take your home from a “maybe” to a “yes!”. Consider adding these features to your home before putting it on the market.  

Open Floor Plan

The open floor plan is a tremendous asset for home buyers. Not only does it give your home a more spacious feel, the flow between different spaces makes it easy to keep an eye on children or pets from a distance. In addition, homes with open floor plans are great for entertaining. Without walls blocking the way, hosts feel connected to their guests as they cook in the kitchen or prepare a drink. Another benefit is that they tend to accumulate more natural lighting, which adds charm and brightness to the home.

Laundry Room

The laundry room might not be the most exciting part of the house, but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. When it comes to this room, many home buyers want a space that’s on the same floor as the main bedroom. Having your washer and dryer on the same floor eliminates the barrier of climbing steps and potentially falling. This is particularly appealing for older buyers. 

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a great selling feature for any home, especially in spaces like the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Younger buyers seem to like hardwood floors because they are easy to clean and maintain, add value to the home, and make spaces feel more elegant and open. As opposed to carpet, hardwood floors don’t stain or take on odors, either, and they generally enhance the aesthetics of the space. 

Kitchen Island

Everyone loves an island in the kitchen. A kitchen island is a luxury that’s reflected in the pages of home decor magazines, TV shows, and Pinterest vision boards. Not only are they pretty to look at, they provide more counter and storage space while still maintaining an open feel. Islands tend to become the focal point of a kitchen and can double as an additional eating area or workspace, too.

Attached Garage with Storage

No one wants to feel cramped in their own home. That’s why having an attached garage with plenty of storage is so important to buyers in the market. While a garage alone is generally a plus, an attached garage with shelving units is even more appealing. Organized storage spaces reduce clutter and make finding items easier. While outdoor sheds require leaving the house and sometimes braving bad weather, you can easily access an attached garage without going outside.

Outdoor Living Space

Most people don’t want to be cooped up in their homes all year round. That’s why it’s particularly important for homes to have a dedicated outdoor living space. Whether it’s an outdoor patio with a grill, a seating area with a fire pit, or a deck with plenty of room for guests, having a space for people to gather outside is a necessity for many home buyers.

Central Air Conditioning

Having central air conditioning is a great feature for any home, but particularly for homes located in warmer climates. Not only is it easier to keep a home’s temperature consistent, but its filters improve air quality by removing dust and allergens. Plus, while in-window units often look like an eyesore, central air conditioning won’t interfere with your home’s aesthetic or decor. 

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Raquel Guarino

Raquel Guarino is a writer for Realty.com and Help.com. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

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