ENERGY EFFICIENCY FEATURES
With fossil fuel prices headed skyward, buyers now want homes that will save them money on energy bills every day. Buyers these days are getting excited about unsexy features like tankless water heaters, solar panels, and low emissivity, argon-filled windows.
PRE LISTING HOME INSPECTION
Arranging for a home inspection prior to listing makes your home more appealing in several ways. You can show buyers you’ve addressed any defects the inspector found, and add weight to your disclosure statement. A pre-listing inspection suggests you have little to hide, alleviating buyers’ concerns and suspicions. It may even encourage them to waive the inspection condition in an offer. Finally, it should help you price your home more realistically, which always attracts buyers.
Coveted bathroom features include: whirlpool tubs, separate shower enclosures, multiple shower heads, generous linen closets, dressing areas, and double sinks. Buyers also expect multiple bathrooms and Jack-and-Jill bathrooms are popular with families.
The living room is practically passé, but mention a well-outfitted media room/home theatre and buyers’ wallets start to pop open. Exercise rooms are also a trendy feature. And, in certain neighbourhoods, a dedicated yoga/meditation space could seal the deal.
Hardwood floors are perennially popular, but some buyers prefer eco-friendly alternatives to traditional hardwoods. Bamboo is one of the trendiest new flooring options, because it’s considered a renewable and sustainable resource. Cork and natural linoleum are also appealing, and heritage hardwood reclaimed from old building offers both patina and eco-panache.
Each year there are more techno-gadgets and appliances we just can’t live without. Buyers expect a house to have plenty of well-located phone jacks, electrical outlets, and cable/internet connections. They want flexibility and portability, so a house that’s wired for maximum connectivity is a hot property.
Glass tiles, upgraded cabinet hardware, solid-surface kitchen and bathroom countertops, classy lighting, and upgraded fixtures will make buyers look twice. Luxurious materials and fittings need not break the bank: shop carefully and install them where they will have the most impact.