Home Features - What Buyers Want

by Kim Blaylock 09/16/2019

What homeowner doesn’t want to maximize overall home value when the time comes to sell? In order to sell your house faster and for more money, it's important to have a firm understanding of the specific housing features that matter the most to prospective buyers.

Well-Established Property Value Boosters

If you’ve ever considered home renovations, you’ve probably heard that the biggest boons to overall resale value are updated bathrooms and kitchens. In order to set your house apart, however, you may want to go the extra distance in these rooms to make them truly special. A bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub or a walk-in closet, for example, may just make the final difference in the mind of a buyer who would otherwise remain on the fence bout a prospective purchase.

Other Buyer-Attracting Home Features

To borrow a word from HGTV.com, people are often looking for homes with an extra bit of “pizzazz” when it comes to making that final purchase agreement. This can mean the presence of existing architectural flourishes and unusual floor plans or more practical amenities such as ample garage storage space and a separate laundry room.

Here are just a few features that will make your home shine during your future open house:

The Backyard Patio

According to the independent financial authority Kiplinger, 87 percent of buyers are looking for a concrete patio surrounded by an attractive backyard.

The Playroom

Although this feature will be of value only to families with young children, the presence of a good playroom is often the deciding factor for prospective homebuyers.

Green Features

Whether you’re talking about solar panels, a highly efficient HVAC system, or double-paned Energy Star-qualified windows, homebuyers are increasingly looking for green building features to control their utility bills and help save the environment.

Ceiling Fans

Home improvements don’t have to be extensive or expensive to be effective. Kiplinger reports that 85 percent of prospective homebuyers are looking for one or more ceiling fans in their new home. Even with a full lighting kit and a remote control unit, a newly installed ceiling fan should set you back less than $500 in total.

Let Your Specific Goals and Restrictions Guide Your Way 

Before considering renovations to boost the value of your home, ask yourself exactly what you hope to gain from those renovations and exactly how much those renovations will cost. Depending on your budget and your level of ambition, you may opt for popular, value-boosting features that range from the installation/restoration of hardwood floors to the addition/improvement of exterior lighting fixtures.

About the Author
Author

Kim Blaylock

Your Hometown Realtor!

Real estate became a passion of mine from an early age. Many hours were spent in my parent’s backseat traveling to open houses and checking out new areas on the weekends. When my family relocated from Wichita, Kansas to Orlando in 1978, those house-hunting trips continued long after they bought a home here. After I graduated from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, I obtained my real estate license. I worked in product marketing for a few years but wanted to get out from behind a desk. Eventually I obtained my broker’s license, and for a few years I also held a mortgage broker’s license. 26+ years later I still enjoy the thrill of finding that perfect home for my buyers, or helping sellers prepare their home for an upcoming sale. It never gets old!
 

When I’m not out selling homes, I love settling down with a good book, visiting the Disney parks, museums, galleries, watching movies, or just relaxing with my husband of 24+ years and our two adult children. Traveling is another favorite activity and I’ve been blessed to visit many other countries and parts of the U.S. over the years. I'm an active volunteer in my church. community and my local Pi Beta Phi sorority alumnae club as well.   

Over the last 18+ years I’ve worked with a dynamic sales team that is comprised of myself and two of my best friends. We provide each other with sales support, advice, and encouragement. This is a huge benefit for my customers because it ensures you always have an agent ready and willing to help. You will never be left to handle a challenge by yourself because I’m never too busy to help you, your friends or family members. 

My Personal Mission: I pledge to be in consistent communication with my customers, keeping them fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. I believe that if you’re not left with an exceptional experience, I haven’t done my job. I don’t measure my personal success through achievements or awards, but through the satisfaction of my clients.

Let me put my professional negotiation skills and industry knowledge to work for you! Call or text me today at 407-497-9321 so we can get started!