With all the competition out there, it would be helpful to know exactly what buyers are looking for in a home they plan to purchase. As a seller, you want to have the goods that buyers want in order to sell quickly and for top dollar. Knowing what those traits are can help you put your best foot forward when it comes time to sell, leaving you with a successful deal under your belt.

Smart Home Technology

Homebuyers want a home that is able to be operated with smart technology as much as possible. Whether it's to dim the lights, shut the stove off, set the alarm, or turn up the thermostat, smart technology in a home is a hot feature that buyers will surely be impressed with if you have it. 

Quartz Counters

Granite is still as hot as ever, but quartz is giving it a run for its money. This newer material is not only gorgeous, it's also very versatile and comes in all sorts of colours and patterns to suit any space perfectly. Plus, it's durable and easy to keep clean. 

Soaker Tubs

Free-standing soaker tubs not only provide owners with a spa sanctuary within the convenient confines of their own home, but they also add an element of luxury to a bathroom. Soaker tubs are also a lot deeper than the average tub and have a tendency to look more modern too.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring has long been on the list of must-have features for buyers, and it continues to be a strongly desired trait in homes. While carpeting may be OK in bedrooms, hardwood is definitely a must-have for living spaces. If your home has wall-to-wall carpeting, you may want to consider ripping it out and having hardwood installed to attract the masses of buyers. 

Office Space

More and more people have the opportunity to work from home thanks to technology, but having a dedicated space at home to work from can make telecommuting even more convenient. They'll be able to focus more on their tasks when they have a separate office space instead of having to work from the kitchen table among all the other clutter in the room. 

Garage Storage

Storage is extremely important to buyers, especially when it comes to buying homes that are tight on square footage. Adequate storage is something that everyone loves to have, and one of the easiest places to add storage is in the garage. This particular space is easily accessible and convenient for storing large equipment that can get particularly dirty. A well-organized garage space with lots of room for storing items is a very attractive feature for buyers. 

Eat-In Kitchen

Homeowners like to be able to eat in the same space that they cook in. It's easier and more convenient and allows for more communication between family members and guests. The kitchen table tends to be the spot where everyone comes together, whether it's family occupants or guests that are being entertained. As such, kitchens with lots of space for a table are very important to buyers, particularly those with families.

Skylights

With more and more people moving into smaller homes (ie. townhouses) as the city becomes continuously more dense with housing, more natural light can help make an interior feel more spacious and bright. In addition to large, numerous windows in a home, buyers are increasingly searching for properties with skylights to allow maximum natural light in. If your budget permits and it makes sense to do so, consider installing a skylight to impress buyers on the prowl.

Fences

The saying "good fences make good neighbours" is very true when it comes to privacy. For buyers who like to keep their home private to some degree, fences help give them that. More and more buyers are adding fences to their list of must-haves in a home. Having a fence already installed can help buyers avoid having to obtain permits and look into erecting a fence themselves, which is a hurdle they won't have to overcome.

The Bottom Line

If your home has any of these features, you'll likely be in a better selling position. That said, there are still plenty of classic staging tasks that shouldn't be ignored, whether or not you have these traits, such as de-cluttering and neutralizing colours. When in doubt, seek the advice of your real estate agent to find out how to make your home stand out from the competition.

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