Home features that attract buyers – The Virginian-Pilot

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Demand for real estate across Hampton Roads is high and competitive, and yet buyers have not given up on finding their perfect home. Surprisingly, not every property is fought over. Some properties stand out more; they’re the ones with features that buyers want now, and they can be under contract within hours.

If your home has one or more of these sought-after features, you can guarantee it will be at the top of many buyers’ property lists:

Storage. If there’s one thing a home can never have too much of, it’s storage — whether it’s more kitchen cabinets, a pantry, garage storage, or clever design updates with space for most anything.

Laundry room. A dedicated space for laundry is always a great feature. Buyers particularly like it on the floor with the main bedroom. If you don’t have the space for a dedicated laundry room, you can create a spot or make a current laundry space more appealing by adding storage (cabinets or shelving), a drying rack and a way to hide the area from guests. You can find great ideas on Pinterest.

Updated windows. Old windows can be an eyesore and a huge energy leak, and buyers know it; they also know replacing them can eat into a renovation budget. Homes with newer or energy-efficient windows attract more buyers and are much brighter inside.

If your windows are older and you can upgrade them, you will benefit and buyers will love them.

Adequate lighting. Lighting can make or break a home sale; homes that lack adequate lighting come off as dark and uninviting. The type of lighting can also be a big draw. Stark, fluorescent lighting commonly found in older homes is inefficient and an energy waster. Incandescent bulbs are still available, but they are not energy efficient. Compact fluorescent lamps, CFLs, are more energy efficient than incandescents, but they contain mercury and need to be recycled as hazardous waste.

Buyers like homes with modern lighting systems and LED bulbs. LEDs can last for thousands of hours, are extremely energy efficient and can provide a clean white light. They may be more costly up front but they will last for years.

Outdoor area. Buyers love living space. Homes that have usable living space inside and out are highly sought after in Hampton Roads, especially as the weather gets warmer.

Patios are popular. They’re more affordable to install and easier to maintain than a deck or porch, and they’re versatile and can be customized in a variety of ways.

Maura Callan Bain is a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty. She is a member of the Hampton Roads Realtors Association, Virginia Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. For more on HRRA, visit www.hrra.com. Contact Maura at maura@MauraBainHomes.com, by text at 757-418-2139, or visit maurabainhomes.com.

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