7 Must-Have Features Every Homeowner Wants

As design trends evolve to highlight technology and energy efficiency, buyers have begun demanding functional homes with unique design elements and integrated smart home features. Empowered by a deepening knowledge of contemporary trends, modern buyers know what they want from a property. To ensure that they are able to meet their needs, builders need to know what homeowners are looking for in 2018 and beyond.

State-of-the-art kitchens: While cutting-edge appliances are a common desire for modern homeowners; they aren’t enough to set a home apart in today’s markets. Contemporary homeowners are looking for roomy, well-organized kitchens with lots of counter space. They also want extra features, such as double ovens and spacious islands with their own sinks.

Quality craftsmanship: For modern buyers, the finer details can make all the difference. Today’s homeowner wants to invest in a well-built property with features that make it stand out from similar inventory. This includes enhancements, such as built-in bookshelves, archways, energy-efficient windows and any sort of distinctive feature that makes a home unique.

Spacious closets: Once considered a luxury, expansive closets are now the norm in many markets, where buyers view them more as dressing rooms than storage spaces. Modern builders are finding that they can differentiate their homes from the competition by treating closet space as an extension of the bedroom. This means carving out ample space for shoes, clothes, accessories, mirrors and even vanities.

Spa-style bathrooms: Today’s homeowners don’t view their bathrooms as a place to shower and shave; they see them has havens where they can escape the stress of everyday life. Modern buyers want at least one bathroom where they can retreat from the world and find their respite. At minimum, they expect a well-equipped bathroom with modern features and plenty of space. In some markets, builders may need to add walk-in showers, soaking tubs, steam rooms, heated floors, windows or skylights to capture attention.

Integrated outdoor space: The value of an inviting outdoor living space cannot be overstated in today’s real estate market. Whether it’s an intimate porch with a seating area or sprawling backyard with a fire pit and edible garden, outdoor spaces should seamlessly integrate with indoor common areas through large glass doors or windows that make the areas feel more united.

Smart home technology: These days, homeowners want control over every facet of their living spaces, from lighting and music to temperature and the garage door. With the growing popularity of AI personal assistants and the increasing proliferation of the Internet of Things, smart technology has become more mainstream, as buyers look for ways to control their homes using their voices and phones.

Cutting-edge security: While homeowners have always valued security, today’s buyer is more willing to pay for it. Because they know you cannot put a price on peace-of-mind, contemporary buyers are willing to pay extra for homes that include alarm systems, indoor/outdoor security cameras and 24/7 monitoring by security professionals.

 

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