Home Buyers Reveal What They Want in Their Next Home

In a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders, consumers share exactly what they’re looking for in their house hunting this year. Both first-time buyers and existing home owners were asked about the features they consider essential in their next home.

Nearly half of first-time home buyers rank these features among their top five must-haves:

  • Living room

  • Laundry room

  • Dining room

  • Garage storage

  • Walk-in closet in the master bedroom

First-time buyers are also looking for a front porch, a two-car garage and a double sink in the kitchen.

Are existing homeowners looking for dramatically different features as they move up or downsize? In fact, their list of essential items includes many of the same preferences as first-time buyers. But they also are looking for more, including a patio, table space for eating in the kitchen, hardwood floors on the main level, Energy Star appliances and granite countertops in the kitchen.

Both sets of home buyers are continuing their commitment to energy efficiency in 2018. Energy efficient features like low-E windows and Energy Star-certified appliances are among the popular desired features.

Home buyers also indicated their openness to joining the tiny home trend. 53 percent of respondents would consider purchasing a home of 600 square feet or less at some point during their lifetime. Perhaps not surprisingly, Gen Xers and millennials were much more open to the idea of a tiny house than baby boomers and seniors. SOURCE: National Association of Home Builders

When it comes to curb appeal, it can be hard to know how to upgrade and where to invest. You want your home to make a good first impression, but where do you start? Marketplace Events, producer of 57 local home shows, has turned to home improvement experts featured at many of their events to get the scoop on creating a stylish façade — on a budget.  

Matt Muenster, star of HGTV’s and DIY Network’s “Bath Crashers,” insists that improved curb appeal is as easy as one-two-three. He reminds homeowners, “Keeping your home looking its best doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. Sweep the dead leaves off the sidewalk. Mow the grass. Add potted plants to the porch. A tidy home is always appealing and can fit any budget.”

It really can be that simple. Add yard maintenance to your list of weekly chores and pick up some potted plants at your local nursery. Fresh blooms can do a world of difference in any space, and their sweet aroma makes for an excellent first impression.

Have a bit more to spend on this project? John Gidding, star of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block,” suggests that accessories can have a big impact when it comes to amping up your curb appeal. “Toss out those old, gold house number stickers,” he says. “There are many newer styles of house numbers in black, nickel and stainless. Roll out the welcome mat! There’s no reason to hold onto that same muddy mat year after year. Welcome mats make a great style statement. They’re affordable and come in a variety of colors and shapes.”

For more home improvement tips and to connect with experts in your area, visit the Marketplace Events show nearest you: https://marketplaceevents.com/our-shows