Top 10 Most Wanted

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

1. Laundry Room

A separate laundry room is at the top of the list as the most desired feature in a home. Having a laundry room for folding clothes, piling up dirty clothes or ironing is a huge benefit as it helps keep the mess out of the rest of the home like the guest rooms, sofas or the dining room table.


Energy efficiency and saving money on utility bills are top priorities for homebuyers. Energy-efficient windows can help cut heating and cooling costs by 12%, an ENERGY STAR appliance like a washing machine can help save a homeowner $40 or more a year on utility bills and an ENERGY STAR Certified Home uses 15-30% less energy.

3. Exterior Lighting

Exterior lighting is the most desired outdoor feature. An illuminated home that highlights landscaping, a tree or a beautifully manicured lawn can improve the aesthetics of a home and set a mood. It can also help guide visitors to the front door in the dark and is an excellent burglar deterrent.

4. Patio / Outdoor Space

Patios are the second most coveted outdoor feature. Outdoor areas offer more living space without the cost of a home addition and they can help recover 30-60% of a home’s investment. Plus, they’re great for entertaining or just relaxing outdoors.

5. Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are practical and decorative. They’ve become must-haves as energy costs continue to rise because they can cool a room more efficiently than air conditioning. Plus, they come in many beautiful and stylish designs.

6. Full Bath on Main Level

A second full bathroom in a house can make a big difference and a good impression on buyers. In fact, an additional full bath can increase a home value by 20%. Plus, it comes in handy as a guest bathroom.

7. Hardwood Floor

Not only do hardwood floors give a home a nice sleek look, they’re also cleaner, easier to maintain and more durable than carpeting. Hardwood floors can be refinished and can last a lifetime.

8. Extra Insulation

Insulation helps lower the cost of heating and cooling. Higher insulation levels that exceed code requirements can usually be found in energy-efficient homes.

9. Garage Storage

Everyone loves having lots of storage space and the garage is the most convenient and accessible place for storage, as it’s usually just a few steps away from the house. A nicely organized, roomy and easily accessible garage with storage cabinets is very appealing.

10. Eat-In Kitchen

Kitchens with plenty of space for a table are important to home buyers, especially those with families. The kitchen table is where everyone congregates — in the morning over breakfast and in the evening for dinner.

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Comments (9)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I never see laundry rooms feature on here as much as you might think there would be.

Jul 07, 2018 05:28 AM
Kevin J. May

Always a comination rarely a standalone is the norm Laura.

Jul 07, 2018 06:56 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kevin J. May good list of important rooms in a home.... I'd put kitchen as a top priority.... my family would rather have holiday meals in my kitchen than my dining room.... and for that reason, I have an island that comfortably seats 10 and uncomfortably fits 14.... my home is very small with a 28' kitchen...

Jul 07, 2018 05:32 AM
Kevin J. May

That's not an island Barbara, it's a kitchen continent

Jul 07, 2018 06:47 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kevin. The indoor laundry room was a major need when I was selling in Florida. In unit washers and dryers are becoming a need for downtown apartments in Chicago. Enjoy your day 

Jul 07, 2018 05:34 AM
Kevin J. May

Are laundromats becoming scarce in the Windy City? A clothes-line there might be a partial solution.

Jul 07, 2018 07:00 AM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Morning Kevin, thanks for sharing your thoughts. In addition to your suggestions I also recommend storage within the house.  Since we don't have basements in FL, any storage comes at a premium. Have a great weekend!

Jul 07, 2018 05:44 AM
Kevin J. May

On the bright side there are no bulky winter clothes to store!

Jul 07, 2018 07:02 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is not what I would expect would be the most wanted, times they are a changing.

Jul 07, 2018 06:01 AM
Kevin J. May

I always want to see a sauna on that list. When it happens I know civilization is at its apogee.

Jul 07, 2018 07:04 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kevin,

Thank you for your top 10 most wanted items. I'm finding in my area its all about an updated kitchen & master bath. Many want the master down as well as another full secondary bedroom and bath. We have many cultures in Austin whose parents come to stay for long extended periods of time from other countries and they need that bed & bath down for them.

Jul 07, 2018 06:05 AM
Kevin J. May

Ah. the dual owners bedrooms, serving two masters has not been successful historically.

Jul 07, 2018 07:06 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thanks for the list.  In our last 3 homes, we had a laundry roon and I really liked that.  Now I don't and miss it.  A

Jul 07, 2018 06:22 AM
Kevin J. May

We never know what we've got until it's gone Alexandra. My "future" home plans are growing.

Jul 07, 2018 07:08 AM
Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

Good morning Kevin, the master bedroom on the 1st floor is a must. Especially for those folks 50 years or older. Bad knees, hip joints and bad backs will keep you grounded at least on the main floor. The other rooms are desirable and needed.

Jul 07, 2018 07:20 AM
Kevin J. May

That's the plan Ted, one more home and that'll be it for me. Unfortunately MY list is growing out of control, where to compromise I don't know!

Jul 07, 2018 10:13 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning 

Thank you for sharing your great information with us, interesting 

Have a great day.


Jul 07, 2018 07:37 AM
Kevin J. May

You're welcome Anthony, the power of the consumer at work.

Jul 07, 2018 10:33 AM