Trying to figure out which features home buyers value most is no simple matter, but it is of particular importance when you have a Carlsbad house for sale. Everyone knows that an updated kitchen and bathrooms are near the top of the ‘most desired features. One thing that is overlooked but actually big with buyers is storage. Buyers are likely to think a home for sale with small closets and few drawers is somehow “smaller” than others with the same square footage.
The National Association of Home Builders found updated cabinets and counters may catch a buyer’s eye, while other less expensive improvements may serve the same purpose. The top three features home buyers from all walks of life want in a kitchen are -
- double sinks
- room for a table
- walk-in pantry
That doesn’t mean tearing out walls or reconfiguring the whole kitchen—but it can call for seeing if a similar effect can be achieved within a sensible budget. If you don’t have room to create a walk-in pantry, a good alternative would be to see if there is room for a stand-alone pantry cabinet. If you update the kitchen sink and fixtures, consider a deeper-welled model. Any improvements that add extra ‘roominess’ to the kitchen will register with many prospective buyers.
The NAHB has more findings that would interest anyone with a Carlsbad home for sale. Environmentally friendly homes have increased in popularity, however, buyers don’t want to pay extra for those ‘green’ features. They are willing to pay more for a home that’s energy efficient. If you have already determined that new appliances will be needed, installing those with high Energy Star ratings is a good idea. If window replacements are in the budget, new energy-efficient windows are worth considering. Today’s buyers are more aware of details like windows constructed with triple-pane glass, plus they look much nicer. It’s common knowledge that those favorable Energy Star ratings mean decades of lower utility bills.
One low-cost way homeowners with a Carlsbad home for sale can capitalize on buyers safety concerns is by installing some exterior lighting. It’s a feature rated as “essential” or “desirable” by 80% of buyers in one study. When a house for sale features a wireless home security system in its listing, even buyers whose safety concerns are less than top-of-mind will take note.
Before making any improvements, it’s only sensible to have a discussion with your town Realtor®. Even before you’re fully committed to putting your Carlsbad home up for sale, I’m ready to offer a no-obligation assessment of your home and how to best take advantage of today’s active market! Please contact me to set up an appointment.