It may be a seller’s market in most real estate markets across the country right now, but anyone selling a house should still be aware of what buyers want. Trying to give buyers what they want (within reason) will go a long way toward helping you sell for more and more quickly. And it may surprise you to learn what buyers are looking for these days. So if you’re selling a house in Houston, read on to find out about the 5 things home buyers want.
1. The Right Location
It nearly goes without saying that buyers in Houston and elsewhere are highly concerned about location. So when you’re selling a house, you need to leverage and play up the positive aspects of the location.
With respect to location, here are some of the most common things buyers want . . .
- Golf communities
- Great school district
- Neighborhood walkability
- Nearby amenities
You can consult a Houston to find out exactly what buyers want in your area, and an agent can help you craft a marketing campaign to leverage the best features of your home’s location. To discover more, just call (832) 428-3134.
2. Plenty of Parking
Today, buyers are interested in more than square footage and plenty of storage space. They also look for plenty of parking outside a home to accommodate things like boats and RVs. In fact, the value that RV parking adds to a home has nearly doubled since 2020.
So when selling a house, if such parking is available, be sure to include that in your listing. If you don’t have a parking space, you might consider installing a concrete parking pad to give buyers what they want and to increase the value of your home.
3. Attractive and Functional Laundry Room
Many people don’t give much thought to the laundry room when selling a house, but they should. More and more buyers, as many as 87% in some markets, want an attractive, functional laundry room.
You might consider upgrading if you don’t have a dedicated laundry room. If you do have one, you can make it even more attractive to potential buyers by . . .
- Painting the walls in neutral tones
- Adding storage solutions such as cabinets, shelving, and racks
- Installing a built-in ironing board on one wall
- Getting a stackable washer and dryer to free up more space in the room
4. Exterior Lighting
In addition, surveys show that 87% of buyers (depending on the area) want exterior lighting. They want exterior lighting for both enhanced curb appeal and the extra security it provides, so just one exterior light by the front door isn’t going to do the trick.
Selling a home, then, often means installing more exterior lighting in order to have what many buyers want. Landscaping lighting is a big plus, and while it will likely require professional installation, it can yield a good return on the investment.
5. Neutral Colors
And buyers typically want neutral colors. They may repaint the walls later in bold garish colors, but they want to see neutral tones when viewing homes before buying. When selling a house, industry experts recommend that you paint the walls in whites, grays, and creams.
These neutral colors will work with almost any furniture colors and schemes. They will also serve to create the needed blank-palette effect. This will allow potential buyers to envision your house as their home, letting them imagine living there will all their belongings in place.
Selling a House with the Pros
These are things that buyers typically want, and you should indeed pay attention to them. But buyer wants can vary from local market to local market. And that is exactly why it’s so important to work closely with an experienced, local Houston agent. Your agent will know what buyers want and what will appeal to them in your market. So if you’re selling a house in Houston, don’t hesitate to contact us at (832) 428-3134.