The following is a guest post by Jason Hartman. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on what home buyers want in 2018, Jason!
Buying a home for you and your family should be a very calculated and thoughtful decision. Amenities that were once considered luxuries are now deemed necessities. What home buyers look for in 2018 can fall into three categories: cost savings, comfort and convenience.
- Cost savings as amenities can add up when owning a home
- Comfort is essential in making your home a place you want to come back to after a hard day’s work
- Convenience is another pillar of what home buyers want in 2018 so that everyday tasks can be accomplished without hassle.
In my experience, given these three categories, the below requirements are commonplace considerations for home buyers in 2018.
14 Most Wished for by Home Buyers in 2018
1. Spacious and open living spaces
Modern home concepts are to have ample open living spaces, indoors and outdoors which would have a good flow of fresh air. Air-conditioning and heating costs are rising and it is becoming exorbitant by the day. Hence if you could maximize natural air flow it would ensure that you switch on both above systems only when it becomes necessary.
2. Large bedrooms
Large bedrooms are requirements of modern living. Furniture and belongings have gotten bigger over time, as has our desire for material things and a place to house them.
3. A walk-in closet
Gone are the days when dressers and wardrobes could accommodate for small or complete lack of closet space. Today’s homeowner wants minimalist style, so a place to organize and keep belongings is a must.
4. Energy efficiency
Solar power is the in-thing in modern living in 2018, which would enhance your image in the neighborhood of being a family that considers the environment important. It would also save you immensely on the cost of electricity which today is a major concern around the world.
5. Modern bathrooms
The compact bathrooms of the past are done, and home buyers look for spacious bathrooms. But size isn’t the only thing they look for. Remodeled countertops, sinks, hardware, tubs and showers can make all the difference in making a home desirable.
6. Open kitchens
An open kitchen concept is nearly synonymous with modern design. It not only is convenient when you are entertaining guests as it allows interaction whilst you are preparing the food, it also brings modern ambiance to the whole open area.
7. Modern flooring
Flooring is available in many types, and whatever is chosen should be easy to maintain and elegant to behold. Hardwood flooring is becoming popular among most young home buyers for its modern looks and it is also easy to maintain. Natural options may be more expensive but home buyers have deemed them worthwhile.
8. Optimum natural indoor lighting
Whether designing for a permanent residence or vacation home, there should be ample daylight without harsh sunlight which could ruin curtains and furniture. A builder should carefully consider how the house is located in relation to the rising and setting Sun which should bring in diffused sunlight.
9. Good outdoor lighting
The advantage of having solar power is that you could have good outdoor lighting when dusk falls, giving your home an elegant look. When the outside is well lit up it also ensures good security as anyone walking up the driveway would be easily identifiable.
10. Multi-car garage with storage space
Most families have two cars and leaving one outside to the elements is not what many would want. This is especially true if they are in an urban area more susceptible to crime or if they tend to purchase luxury vehicles. Storage space and organization within the garage are also atop home buyers’ lists this year.
11. An office
In today’s day and age, it’s very common for many to work from home, regardless of industry. An office where one can be free from disturbances when working at home is another aspect most home buyers look for today.
12. Smart home technology
Smart home technology is not a luxury anymore. It is convenience at your fingertips which would propel you and your family into the modern society we live in.
13. Adequate laundry space
An adequately large laundry space to get all the appliances in and ample room to move around and attend to this chore has become a priority for home owners. And location matters, too. It’s one of the most loathed chores but something that must be done regularly, so any added convenience and luxury can help.
14. Low maintenance
Last but not the least, one of the most important items to check off our list is low maintenance. To that end, the home you buy in 2018 should have good, long lasting fittings and finishes. Cheap locks will give away. Gutters, taps, doors, hinges and windows should be long-lasting while at the same time elegant.
About The Author
Jason Hartman is the founder of the Platinum Properties Investor Network, Inc. helping thousands of people to achieve The American Dream of financial freedom by purchasing income property in prudent markets nationwide.