What Do Homebuyers Want in 2014?



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Homebuyers will continue to seek bargain home prices in 2014, of course, but home sellers should always be considering what else they can offer besides a competitive price when it comes time to put their homes on the market – so what else are buyers shopping for in 2014?

Keep in mind that there’s a big difference between what a seller may want and what the buyer may want, and one must ask what takes priority in the months leading up to the 2014 home-selling season.

Home Improvement Data Collection and Value vs. Cost

While home improvement preferences may differ between buyers and sellers, keeping home improvement costs at a minimum is in the best interest of all parties involved. Given the agreement, the value vs. cost of the improvement is one of the main drivers in the survey data.

There are a lot of surveys that collect this kind of info and ATG Stores combed through the most recent polls that included the largest survey pools to find correlative data. You can find the results below (in no particular order):

1. Switch out incandescent bulbs with LEDs.

LEDs have come a long way with regard to style, the available light spectrum they provide and dimming capabilities; so much so, in fact, that it now makes sense to switch out the old incandescent lighting in your home. The cost is minimal and the talking points it provides vis-à-vis energy savings and bulb longevity makes it more than worth the effort.

2. Do some minor landscaping.

Sodding the lawn or repaving entire driveways and walkways are big-ticket commitments that should only be considered if they are in bad shape. There are other upgrades that are less expensive and add a lot of noticeable curb appeal. These include replacing cracked pavers, adding decorative or security lighting, touching up the mailbox and doing some light gardening and planting.

3. Try a minor kitchen upgrade.  

Major kitchen upgrades can cost a bundle, but there are a lot of little things you can improve that will add up in the eyes of a buyer. If a full kitchen remodel is not in the cards try updating the knobs and pulls on the cabinets, installing new faucets, installing a kitchen island and/or adding some stainless steel appliances.

4. Add a deck.

This is not always a slam dunk, but if you already have green space and a deck will improve the enjoyment of it then you can recoup nearly all of the project cost while adding a significant boost to your overall home value. If you already have a deck, even better – pressure wash it, reseal it and add some décor to really bring out its fine points.

5. Spend a little time in the bathroom(s).

Bathrooms are fairly easy and inexpensive to improve, especially if you just focus on the fixtures, wallpaper, shower curtain, décor and knobs and pulls. If you want to go a little deeper, you can even replace the toilet and vanity for a modest price if your plumbing is in good order.

ATGStores.com hopes these ideas help buyers and sellers alike with finding and improving their dream homes.

Reimagine  your bath area with an eye-catching vanity like this Victorian design from Virtu USA.

Adding a kitchen island does not have to involve a contractor if you choose to go the mobile route, like with this well-rated granite-topped model from Crosley Furniture.

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