If you’re thinking about moving soon or are wondering which property improvements add most value to your home, the search is over! Following research from a number of estate agents teamed with a study of potential buyers, these six features are a worthwhile investment as well as some great elements to look for within your prospective new home.
1. An Open Plan Layout:
With connected living remaining at the forefront of home design, more buyers than ever before are looking for a home which offers a seamless flow between spaces. Buyers are particularly keen on open plan kitchens which allow guests to flow into the hub of the home when entertaining and socialising.
2. Hardwood Floors:
Whilst carpets offer comfort and an element of cosiness, hardwood flooring is proving popular amongst buyers. Not only is it versatile, timeless and practical, it’s very safe so it’s a great choice if you have young children or pets.
3. A Contemporary Kitchen:
Gone are the days when buyers were merely looking for a ‘revamped kitchen.’ In 2016, a kitchen that incorporates all the latest trends is regarded most desirable, with a central island, tiled floors and granite surfaces ticking every box.
4. Ample Storage:
As buyers strive to achieve a clutter-free space, this goes hand in hand with the desire for generous storage capacity. Make the most of any cupboards by ensuring they feature plenty of shelves and hooks, as well as introducing a laundry room if possible to keep the household chores out of sight.
5. A Multi-Functional Space:
With children and adults requiring their own space for activities such as homework or studying, it’s important to create ‘zones’ within the home. If you have a quiet corner, try introducing an office area or alternatively look at adding a technology room to keep noisy equipment away from the rest of the house.
6. Indoor/Outdoor Living:
Millennials are drawn to patio and outdoor areas that increase the functional area of a home. An outdoor kitchen and entertaining space is very attractive to potential homebuyers, with sliding doors or bi-fold doors aiding access to the alfresco area and encouraging a smooth flow throughout the home. A retractable patio awning from Caribbean, comfortable furniture and a practical-yet-stylish floor surface is a great place to start when applying this trend.