Do You Have the House Buyers Want?

If you’re thinking of remodeling, regardless if your selling now or not, it’s important to consider what home buyers are looking for.  Planning ahead can pay off years from now when your selling your home.  Keep these facts in mind before you start any remodeling.

86% of buyers value privacy from their neighbors as their top priority.  While you can’t change the property lines, you can increase your home’s privacy and resale value by extension.  Consider planting a living privacy screen of trees and shrubs or screening your patio.

14% of home buyers in 2013 purchased a home suited to a multigenerational household according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors.  More and more generations are living together due to many children over the age moving back home to save cost or the care of aging parents.  While you might not be planning on the extended family moving in, you can use this fact to raise the resale value of your home.  Consider a full bath when finishing the basement to make it more appealing to a buyer when your ready to sell.

Energy efficiency is a hot topic of late, and surveys show that 85% of buyers find it a factor in choosing a home.  Be sure you chose only energy efficient appliances and lighting and tuck away your manuals for display when you are selling them.  Go with projects that have a solid return on investment, like sealing your air leads and adding attic insulation.  This will also help save you money on your utility bills.

In 2007 the average homeowner lived in their home for 6 years.  Today that number has risen up to 9.  You want to remodel your house to suite your taste, especially when you’re looking at being in the house for so long.  Avoid modern trends and think about timeless looks like white overtones and shaker-style cabinets which work with a variety of styles.

Remember, every house is different. If you change to far out of your neighborhood, it will hurt regardless of when you sell.  Your best bet is to get expert advise.  For a free evaluation and suggestions for your home, call Helen today at 847.967.0022 or email [email protected].