Most people see owning a home as a work in progress. Rarely will you buy somewhere where you don’t want to make your own improvements or add some individual features. So, within this article, we will talk about some of the most common and desirable aspects of a house that homebuyers look out for or homeowners want to add at some point down the line. Of course, everyone has their own individual list, but these are just a few features that come near the top. If you are looking for a new place anytime in the near future, this list can give you a helping hand when it comes to what you should look out for.
Open Plan Living
Older houses tend to have more of a focus on rooms that are clearly divided off and have one particular function. But many homeowners are looking to open up their space by taking down walls and making rooms more multifunctional. There is no doubt that the feeling of having more space in your home is an attractive one, and there are plenty of design and lighting tricks that you can use to create the illusion of space, even if you are not blessed by having a huge amount of it to spare.
Options for Expansion and Customisation
One thng that people like is to have opportunities and options, and this is certainly true when it comes to their homes. So, knowing that you could one day add an extension to the property is great as you may find that you want more room but you don’t want to move house. Similarly, if there is a basement or attic that is not being used for any particular function, you may have your eye on making the most of this space.
More Natural Light
Natural light is something that is very important in a home. Encouraging the sunlight and valuable vitamin D to stream into the house is something that can be achieved in a number of ways. Firstly, you could remove heavy curtains or anything else that is blocking the light from getting inside. You could also use glass in your doors – maybe frosted or tinted if you are still looking to maintain your sense of privacy. Simply making sure your windows are well-maintained and cleaned can make all the difference.
Plenty of Storage Space
No one wants to feel like their home is too cluttered and they can’t move their way around freely. Ample storage space is something that many homeowners desire, but if you aren’t blessed with a huge amount of space, you may have to get a little more creative when it comes to your storage solutions. Making the most of height is important, so you should consider placing shelves high up and utilising taller storage systems as much as possible.
Feeling like your bills are spiralling out of control is something that no homeowner wants to experience, which is why energy efficiency is a very desirable feature of a home. There are plenty of ways of making homes more efficient by adding insulation, double glazing and switching to renewable energy sources. As well as this, there are new digital methods of allowing you to control the essential features of your home including heating. And new appliances that focus on energy efficiency are also always becoming available so energy efficiency is something that can certainly be built up over time in a home.
A Great Garden Area
Having some sort of outdoor space to enjoy when the weather gets warmer is an attractive proposition in a home. And the best gardens also have this sense of versatility that means you have the option to do what you like with them. For example, you may want to split up the garden into a place where you entertain guests and a place where you grow your plants and vegetables. There is no doubt that getting their own pool or hot tub ranks highly on many homeowners’ outdoor wishlist. If this is on your own wishlist, it is worth knowing that Portable Tubs HQ reviewed the top inflatable hot tubs and portable spas available for you to take a look at. Just like the rest of the home, the garden is something that can be steadily enhanced and improved over time.
A Modern Kitchen and Bathroom
If there are two rooms in the house where people are looking for the most up to date features, it is certainly the kitchen and bathroom. Starting with the kitchen, big changes are always being made in the type of appliances that you can get and design trends tend to alter on a more regular basis. And the bathroom is certainly second on the list of rooms that most often get updated in the home. Both of these rooms also have the advantage of adding significant value to a property.
The Latest Technology
As technology continues to advance at such a rapid rate, there are alway new appliances and innovations coming out that make our lives easier. With home features that are now controllable through smartphones and voice activation, the home of the future feels like it is more in reach than ever before. And location also matters, as having a home in a spot where the WiFi connection is not good can be particularly frustrating. As we have talked about, homeowners value being able to make steady improvements to their houses and there is no doubt that technology provides a myriad of options for them.
Blurring of Indoors and Outdoors
We have already talked about the importance of openness in a home, but there is also a tendency now to blur the line between indoors and outdoors. For example, you could have wide French doors leading to an area of patio or decking. Another option that many people are starting to favour is operable glass walls. Consistent flooring can also add to that sense of seamlessness. If this is not possible, another way that the outdoors can be brought inside is by bringing some plants and flowers into the house.
A Sense of Security
Everyone wants to feel like they are safe in their own home, and there are many ways that you can do this. The most obvious one is installing a security system so you can deter any potential intruders. Also, security lighting around the home is one of the most popular options. Again, technology is helping to make homes a lot more secure than they once were. A good example is security cameras that allow you to stream the footage to your phone so you can see exactly who is outside when they doorbell has been rung. Of course, there are still all the basic options as well like latches on the windows and gates around the side of the property.
With more people working full time than ever before, having a home that is low maintenance is extremely important to many homeowners. And a lot of modern homes are built with this in mind, so they can be kept well without having to put in the same amount of effort. For example, hardwood floors have become the norm ahead of carpeted options. This idea of low maintenance is particularly important amongst the younger generation who tend not to have the same level of DIY skill of older people.
A Garage or Off-Street Parking
Rather than having to park on the street at the front of the house, having a garage or some off-street parking gives that extra sense of security that homeowners are looking for when it comes to their cars. Not only this, a garage gives that extra bit of space so you have plenty of options when you are choosing what to do with it.
A Good Neighbourhood
We have talked a lot about the individual features that make up a good home, but there is no doubt that the location makes a huge difference. Even if you have the most modern and attractive property in the world, if it is not in a neighbourhood that suits all your needs, it can never really be your ‘dream home’. That is why it is so important to check out the surrounding area if you are in the process of purchasing a new property. The old adage of location, location, location certainly still rings true.
The individual features that homeowners most desire varies from person to person, but this list gives a good overview of what a few of the most common of them are. Like we talked about at the start, when you own a house, it is always a work in progress and there are plenty of ways that you can make improvements to make it a more livable place. So, these are some of the enhancements you may want to make in the future or the things that you want to look out for if you are about to buy a new property.