What do buyers really look for in their homes in 2022?

Posted by Tristan Angelini on 06 June 2022

Over the past two years, the pandemic has not only taught us so much but has also changed the way we do our daily lives. The way we make decisions in our personal lives has also been a manifestation of the impact of the pandemic in many aspects. It has driven so many of us to a new goal or a desire to explore something new, like investing, particularly in quality home space which is why many buyers are modifying the designs they want.

Most homebuyers nowadays have really strong opinions about design especially because of the new ways we do our work. Investors must understand what increases or decreases the value of a home, but when it’s time to sell, decisions should not be based on your own opinions. Instead, it’s necessary to listen to the voice of homebuyers and homeowners.

Here are the home features that homebuyers are looking for in a home this 2022.

Many houses are not big enough to have an extra room where you can do laundry. Many times, the washer and the dryer sit in the basement, so it makes sense why 87% of buyers want a laundry room that is accessible from the main living space.
Some tips to make the laundry room even more functional:

- Add storage solutions such as shelves, cabinets, and racks;
- Install a built-in ironing board that can be stored away when not in use;
- A stackable washer and dryer may also create space for more storage.

Large kitchen designs are totally in vogue these days. The pandemic forced us to stay indoors for long periods of time and make use of the space that we have to become productive or just simply kill time. People have discovered a love for cooking or baking during this time, but it’s difficult to prepare food in a small space, so many homebuyers want ample room for cooking and enough room to even place a dining table.

A dedicated space to store food and kitchen supplies is definitely a homebuyer’s dream. This is one feature that almost every homebuyer mentions to either get built in the future or be a requirement. About 80% of homebuyers want to have a walk-in pantry added to their homes. However, many homes aren’t originally built with a walk-in pantry or are even big enough to add this particular feature, so this is something that investors or developers must take note of.

Many may have probably forgotten the importance of outdoor features, but front porches have returned in popularity over the past couple of years. Not only do porches add functionality, but the design and the overall appeal to a home significantly increase because of this feature. The actual value of this exterior home feature would typically depend on the location’s climate. The best way to make sure if a front porch would work well in the current location the buyer is interested in is to look for homes that have recently been built and whether these houses have front porches.

Carpets have been the most desired floor type for a long time, but in the past few years, homebuyers are choosing hardwoods in their living areas – even in multiple rooms so much more. There is something about the look or the overall vibe hardwoods bring, that homeowners like to see. Hardwoods are low-maintenance, so those with busy schedules or an active lifestyle normally go for these.

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