Whether you’re buying or selling, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of what the real estate trends are.
Many buyers will have specialized needs depending on their stage in life, but there are a few home features that are popular across the board:
1) Energy efficient features
Investing in a home means inheriting its heating bills, and most buyers are savvy enough to take that into consideration when they look.
ENERGY STAR® rated appliances and home construction, well insulated windows and a newer furnace could all amount to significant savings for the homeowner over the years.
2) Kitchen & bathroom updates
Modern kitchens and bathrooms with updated fixtures, surfaces and appliances are always popular. More buyers are taking notice of eco-friendly kitchen surfaces, while functional spaces and plenty of storage continue to do well.
3) Hardwood floors
It’s all about the hardwood when it comes to floors, while large ceramic tiles are also popular, particularly for kitchens and bathrooms.
4) Curb appeal
The outside of the house is the first impression for the buyer, and it matters. Updated siding can make a big difference here.
5) Finished basements
Having a basement space that is ready to go will suit most buyers. They don’t have to try and imagine the potential if the work has been done already.
6) Garage space
Having a garage, particularly a double car garage is a huge asset, especially during Prince George winters!
A solid, well-maintained deck can make a great impression on buyers. It’s one of the few garden additions you don’t need green fingers to enjoy.
8) Natural light
It may not be something that buyers are always aware of, but lots of natural light does tend to make a space look better.
9) Open floor plan
Every buyer wants to be able to walk into a room and imagine how it can be adapted to meet their needs. Having an open floor plan can make the house feel bigger, and can more easily suit different purposes.
10) Back lane access
Back lane access can be a valuable asset. It takes the hassle out of storing RVs, ATVs and other big toys, and can also be a great spot to build a workshop.