Home Features Homebuyers Want in 2018

Selling your home in 2018? You may want to know what features homebuyers are currently looking for. If your home has any of these features, it’s something you should put on your listing to increase your home’s appeal. On the other hand, if you are considering making updates to your home before putting it on the market, some of these features could help spark interest and increase the value of your home.

There are many features that homebuyers in 2018 are looking for, so let’s take a look at some of the most sought after.

Quartz Countertops

One of the biggest things people are looking for in kitchens are quartz countertops. The most popular color of quartz is white with grey tones which pair well with white kitchen cabinets and a backsplash with a pop of color.

White Cabinets

Another feature in kitchens to watch out for are white cabinets. They brighten up and make the kitchen appear cleaner compared to dark or stained cabinets.  White cabinets can liven up the kitchen, even when there isn’t much natural light.

Hardwood Floors

Carpet is becoming less popular amongst new homebuyers. Hardwood flooring is generally more expensive than carpeting, but it offers a simpler, cleaner, and more classic look overall. Hardwood flooring is also much more durable than carpeting, and doesn’t have to be replaced or updated nearly as often.

If you would like to update your flooring to hardwood but don’t want to pay the higher cost, there are laminate, vinyl, tile, and other alternatives to hardwood out there these days that  have the same appearance and are even more durable than hardwood flooring.

Open Floor Plans

This may not be super surprising (especially if you have recently watched HGTV), but new homebuyers are looking to buy homes with open floor plans. These kinds of floor plans make smaller homes feel much bigger, and are more suitable for social gatherings.

Elimination of Formal Rooms

Formal rooms like sitting areas and formal dining rooms are a thing of the past. Most contractors have done away with formal spaces on new construction and older homes are being remodeled to remove the walls between formal spaces to open up the room. As family dynamics continue to shift, homebuyers are taking that into account during their research. As such, they’re buying homes with large open multi-use spaces.

First-floor Master Suite

Aging homebuyers as well as homebuyers with kids are looking for homes with master suites on the first floor, and many home builders and contractors are following this trend. A first-floor master suite can add a lot of convenience for homebuyers.

Kitchens as Social Centers

Another important feature for new homebuyers is a kitchen that serves as a gathering place for families and friends. Younger homebuyers want homes that can serve as a gathering place for their friends and family. Having a common place to gather is both a convenient and valuable feature.

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