According to the Chicago Tribune, home buyers are getting very practical. They're zeroing in on their needs and quickly eliminating their 'wants' as they seek to get the most for their money.
Here's a summary of most-wanted and least-wanted amenities. You're in luck if your house already has the most-wanted. If your house has the least-wanted, consider how staging can reposition those spaces as most-wanted.
What buyers want:
- First-floor flex rooms that can be used for dining, exercise, games or a home office
- 'Pocket offices' for household billpaying and paperwork
- Larger, informal, eat-in kitchens
- Lots of storage and walk-in pantries
- Spacious mudrooms and laundry rooms
What buyers aren't willing to pay extra for:
- A breakfast room off the kitchen
- A sitting room adjacent to the master bedroom
- Overly large secondary bedrooms
- Formal dining rooms that can't be repurposed