5 Home Interior Features That Attract Buyers
There are certain things that most people are looking for in a home. They want the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms for their family, for one thing, and they want a property that looks relatively nice and new inside and out. So in terms of cosmetic upgrades, you can usually spend a little money on updates that will make your home a lot more attractive to the average buyer. However, there are also a few major renovations that are bound to make your house more appealing to the majority of prospective buyers. You just want to make sure you spend your remodeling budget in the right ways to ensure not only return on investment, but also a quick sale. Here are just a few interior features that you might want to install or at least upgrade before you put your house on the market.
- Master bath. The en suite master bath is something that has become so commonplace that homes without one are at an automatic disadvantage. Whether you have one already or you have to carve it out of a bedroom, though, it needs to be both functional and modern in order to interest savvy buyers scouting for the home of their dreams. If you can outfit the space with a separate shower and bath, a double sink, a water closet, and materials like stone and wood, you'll definitely up the appeal of your home. But just replacing ugly and outdated linoleum and fixtures is a good start.
- Gourmet kitchen. It can certainly be expensive to build out a kitchen complete with a large island, dine-in options, and stainless steel appliances, not to mention all of the modern amenities and high-end materials home buyers expect these days. But chances are good that your expenditure in this area will pay off, not only in your asking price, but in the number of interested buyers clamoring for your property - and potentially starting a bidding war in the process.
- Walk-in closet. This is something that most homeowners don't realize they really want until they see it in your home. While you don't need to include this spacious amenity in every room, adding a walk-in to the master bedroom could just provide that extra nudge a potential buyer needs to put in a bid.
- Central air. There are certain areas where central air is expected, namely in major metropolitan areas of the southern states. But including it in any home, regardless of the climate, is bound to attract more buyers than homes that don't offer it.
- Solar panels. The greenies seem to be taking over the world lately, and although some homeowners might not be keen on the look of solar panels on the roof, or the maintenance they require, odds are good that they'll appreciate the money they can save on monthly utility bills thanks to the alternative energy that these panels provide. If you're not sure, just take a look at listings on popular real estate and MLS sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Movoto, for example. You'll discover that properties that offer alternative energy options are not only worth more than similar listings, but they tend to get snapped up more quickly, as well.