In determining which home among competing homes to select for their next place to live, many buyers are heavily tilting towards preferences which enhance their lifestyle. They may be looking for higher end countertops, fancier pools with spas, art niches, upgraded landscaping, better appliances, energy efficient water heaters and air conditioners, even outdoor kitchens. When you see the eyes of a prospective buyer light up over these "goodies" it reminds us while we live in a home to try to keep it up to date and remodel it with some cutting edge amenities along the way.
Not only will it make us feel good about our current homes, but it adds to its investment value and it's edge in the marketplace when it comes time to sell. It's the nice touches that give you the edge.