When Buyers Begin Looking for a Home Again, What Will Be Important to Them?

Reblogger Brian England
Real Estate Agent with Arizona Focus Realty SA634540000

Kathy Streib always has the best advice when it comes to staging a home and this is a really good post that is spot on with what people are likely to be looking for after dealing with the pandemic.

Original content by Kathy Streib

When Buyers Begin Looking for a Home Again, What Will Be Important to Them?


For many states, buyers have continued to look for a new home while we’ve house for salebeen in the “stay at home” protocol. 

And for states that are opening up, sellers and buyers are ready to move forward as well. 

If you’re preparing your house to sell, the basics of staging haven’t changed…

...Edit what you have so that your buyers can see the liveability of the space.

...Make sure it is spotless. 

...Address any repairs or deferred maintenance you have. 


However, after spending 2 or 3 months at home with limited opportunities to travel outside their home or dine out, buyers may add these to their list of what they’re looking for  

What buyers might be looking for post-stay at home mode…


  1. A spacious working kitchen!

With our options being take out or delivery many of us have been spending more time in the kitchen. In fact, some have renewed their interest in baking and preparing meals at home. 


Make sure that your countertops are cleared of all unnecessary items. Let a potential buyer see the space. They’ll look at your storage as well so straighten and edit the pantry. 


  1. Space for a home office or some niche where they can work

Many of us here do all or a lot of our work from home. But for others who are accustomed to an office outside their home, they have had to be officecreative when carving out space for their laptop, files,  and let’s not forget...“Zoom” space.


If your home does not have a designated office, find a place in your home that a potential buyer could envision as space where they could set up to work.



If you have a guest room or that extra room where you toss things because you don’t know what to do with it, remove what isn’t necessary. Make sure the window is clean and has a nice view. If you have a small desk or table and chair, place it there. 

  1. Lots of light via windows or added lamps.

After spending months at home, I’ll bet there are many who’ve realized that their rooms such as extra bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms don’t have enough light, especially with the whole family trying to carve out some space while in the stay at home mode.


Clean your windows until they sparkle..pull back (or up) your window coverings for showings. 


Each room needs to have more than just the overhead light. If it’s a bedroom, add bedside lamps. Lamps are inexpensive and add so much to a room. 


  1. A deck/backyard/patio where they can relax and have a drink or be with family.


Many states closed their parks, so families have been walking in their neighborhoods or spending time in their back yard or deck. This has been their own private bit of paradise.


Remove dead plants, clean your patio furniture, pressure clean the area, and make it an oasis. 

Don’t forget to remove tools and equipment like ladders, tools, etc.  Add pots of flowers if you can. 


patio area


  1. Editing what you have is even more important now. 

Many of us have used this time at home to go through their closets and drawers. We’ve edited our bookshelves and removed items that were just taking up space. 


All of this editing has made us realize how this simplicity is also calming. And we like it!!!


Our homes have become even more of an oasis or retreat for us. 


When you’re preparing your home to sell, you’ll want to appeal to your buyers and not just in their wallet either. You want your home to appeal to their emotions as well. Appeal to their desire for space and liveability. 


If you’re still not sure, contact your home stager for a consultation to learn what you can do to prepare your home for sale. 


 Kathy Streib 

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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Brian,  I like this blog and ask Kathy if I could copy it and put it in my listing presentation book.


Jun 02, 2020 09:08 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Brian, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Jun 02, 2020 09:55 AM #2
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Brian, this is excellent advice from Kathy Streib.  Her advice checks off several boxes for me.

Jun 02, 2020 10:22 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Brian - oh yes, I thought this was spot on.  Kitchens, home offices, and rec space so you don't have to leave.

Jun 02, 2020 11:03 AM #4
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Thank you for the re-blog Brian. I am bookmarking this so I can share this with my future sellers. Thank you Kathy. I find the advice on outdoor space very useful during these times. 

Jun 02, 2020 11:34 AM #5
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Brian:

This was a great reblog. Kathy's posts are always filled with good information and advice. This is right on target given the pandemic issues!


Jun 02, 2020 10:18 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Brian.

Like I told Kathy, the feature gods missed this one.  Be careful hiking, the snakes are out

Jun 03, 2020 12:59 AM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Brian, great choice for a reblog!    In Denver we still don't have enough listings in the lower price ranges, so buyers are considering homes backing to busy streets, dirty homes and those that obviously need repairs.    

Jun 03, 2020 07:09 AM #8
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