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What Buyers Want: Top 8 Features in a New Home that 2023 Buyers are Looking For

8 Home Aspects that Buyers Want – How does your wish list compare? 

What Buyers Want: Each year, the demands for a home get more and more precise. While some buyers are looking for move-in ready, others seek a project. Whether it is within budget or not, one of the main challenges is to determine a MUST-HAVE with a NICE-TO-HAVE feature. While location remains a key consideration in a home purchase, there are some elements that buyers are looking for in the home that they DO find in their desired setting.

  • Mud Room

    • An organized and useful mud room at a home’s entry way is a top desire for buyers. It can be a crucial space to keep coats, bags, messy boots, and all the “stuff” that goes along with the many kids’ activities that seem to keep everyone busy.
Mud Room

Mud Room

  • Laundry Room

    • Buyers love having a dedicated space for laundry for folding clean clothes, hanging delicates to dry, and to keep the mess contained to one room. Bonus points if this laundry room is on the second or main floor.
Laundry Room

Laundry Room

  • Working Fireplace 

    • Picture a cold or blustery day, and then imagine having the comfort of a crackling fire to feel truly at home. Buyers love the ease of a gas fireplace (it turns on with just a switch) or the authenticity of a wood burning fireplace for a truly old-world feel 
Gas Fireplace

Gas Fireplace

  • Spacious kitchen

    • Updated kitchens with top-rated appliances are great, BUT buyers at least want a large space to make updates of their own if it’s not exactly what they want. An added desire: a center island and space for a breakfast table.
Spacious Kitchen

Spacious Kitchen

  • Energy efficient features

    • New windows, Energy-Star appliances, smart thermostats – all of these elements can be useful tools to keep maintenance and utility costs down for buyers. 
Energy Efficient Windows

Energy Efficient Windows

  • Storage
    • People have more stuff than ever – and buyers want a place to store it all smartly.  Dedicated pantry space in the kitchen, abundant cabinets, and walk-in closets in the bedrooms and basement are key for buyers.
Pantry or Beverage Center

Pantry or Beverage Center

 

  • Private yard with patio

    • Especially for buyers leaving the City, a yard is a huge selling point. Mature privacy plantings and fencing are also high on the wish list, as are paver patios for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.
Patio

Outdoor Space with Patio or Porch

 

  • Hardwood floors

    • Hardwood floors are durable and beautiful – buyers love their versatility and they have been high on wish lists for years. 
Hardwood Floors

Hardwood Floors

Other Home Features Buyers Want that deserve an honorable mention:

  • Home office space
  • Neutral paint colors
  • Open floor plan (but people are divided on this one! Some buyers are leaning more towards distinctive spaces)
  • Pool (People are split on this one too – some see it as their own backyard oasis while others just see it as an extra expense)
  • Newer roof and windows – nice to know that these large expenses have recently been taken care of
  • Covered front or back porch – to enjoy the outdoors without the threat of weather

How does your wish list compare? Tell us in the comments what you would add!

The Gubb Team

The Gubb Team

To get started on your buying journey – contact the Gubb Team – David Gubb is our lead buyer’s agent and will work to get you as close as possible to your dream home. 

The Gubb Team

The Gubb Team

If you are thinking about selling, and you want to highlight these features in your own home – contact Chris Gubb – lead listing agent for The Gubb Team.

The Gubb Team

The Gubb Team

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