Features Home Buyers Want Most

top 10 word cloudWhether you are selling or buying, you might find the results of a study useful when assessing your own needs and more importantly, resale values.  Completed by Avid Ratings for the Canadian Home Builders Association, the Canadian Home Buyers Preference Study is a wealth of information.  While it says most buyers still prefer a two-storey home, I’m sure there are regional differences based on demographics.  Having said that, I suspect the general list of “I Wants” is pretty universal.

The most requested features are:

  • Ample storage with things like walk-in closets, walk-in pantries and linen closets topping the list
  • Energy Efficiency including energy efficient windows, appliances and heating/cooling, ENERGY STAR designations and now, LED and solar generation are climbing the list
  • Kitchens that are open to adjacent living and dining areas with islands.  There is now a clear preference for quartz versus granite for countertops.
  • 2 car garages
  • Large windows and lots of light

In my own experience selling homes, I have to agree with all of the above and would add a couple of my own:

  • Master Ensuite bath with two sinks, separate and large showers
  • Modern updates especially to kitchens and bathrooms.  Many people don’t want to undertake major renovations

What’s on your top 10 list?


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