Are you looking to buy a home in the near future? If so, there is no shortage of advice online about what you should be looking for. Some of that advice is legitimate while some of it is rubbish. The key for you is to figure out which is which. Whether you are looking for single-family homes for sale in Utah or luxury condos for rent in Florida, the idea is to get something you will ultimately be happy with for as long as you live there.
On the other side of the equation are the sellers looking to unload their properties for the highest possible price. They also need to know what buyers are looking for. Most will take the advice of real estate agents who tell them how to prepare and present their homes.
Interestingly enough, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) says the most important things people look for when purchasing a new home are:
- walk-in closets in the master bedroom
- en-suite master baths
- new kitchen appliances
- eat-in kitchens
- hardwood floors.
The NAR data is based on years of surveys in which respondents are asked to rank the various physical aspects of a home. But are these things really what customers consider to be most important? Probably not. In fact, all of these physical aspects could be listed under three categories that explain what is truly important. We have listed the three categories below.
1. Personal Comfort
Whether you are talking about walk-in closets or an en-suite master bath, these kinds of things all boil down to personal comfort. As potential buyers are walking through a home, they are trying to imagine what it would be like to live there. In the case of a walk-in closet, for example, having that much closet space makes it a lot easier to store one’s clothing and get dressed in the morning. A walk-in closet increases the comfort level of the master bedroom significantly.
Personal comfort extends to every room in the house. This includes rooms that a house might be lacking. For example, a family with young children may believe a separate playroom is necessary in order to contain the children’s toys and activities. Not having a separate room could make the house less comfortable.
2. Daily Efficiency
What do people think about as they survey the kitchen? Most imagine themselves trying to cook in the kitchen, leading to thoughts of efficiency. Is there enough counter space? Is the refrigerator door right in the way of traffic flow? How easy will it be to cook if two or three people are working simultaneously?
Efficiency extends to household appliances, heating and cooling, windows, etc. The more efficient the interior spaces, the more desirable a house is.
3. Personal Identity
This last category is perhaps the hardest to quantify: personal identity. As mentioned earlier, people try to imagine themselves living in a home they are viewing. They are willing to sacrifice a bit of personal comfort and efficiency for a home that speaks to their personalities. They want something that is truly a reflection of who they are. And unfortunately, that’s not something sellers can prepare for. It’s up to agents to recognize the personalities of their clients and show them houses that match.
Whether it’s houses for sale in Utah or rental condos in New York, people looking for new homes want to be comfortable, efficient, and in the place that reflects who they are. Nail those three things and the enjoyment of your new home will be maximized.