No need to consult your crystal ball, the National Association of Homebuilders’ has completed a country-wide survey to determine buyers most wanted and unwanted features in a house. They’ve even broken the wants down into essential and desirable categories.
What Buyers Want
If you’re thinking about putting in a wine cellar or installing an elevator in your house, you may want to reconsider.
But if Energy Star windows or a laundry room are on your to-do list, go ahead and put them in.
That’s according to findings from the National Association of Homebuilders’ What Home Buyers Really Want, a publication that looks at what tops home buyers’ most and least wanted lists.
The survey asked recent and prospective buyers about home and community features and asked them to rank feature as essential/must have, desirable, indifferent, and do not want.
It does give the green light on making green upgrades.
Energy Star-rated windows, Energy Star-rated appliances, and the Energy Star rating for the whole home came in in first, second and third place, respectively, on respondents’ Top Most Wanted Green Features.
Also on that list are efficient lighting, triple-pane insulating glass windows, insulation higher than required by code, and water-conserving toilets.
The survey also looked at the don’ts.
Beware of the other most unwanted items, including pet washing stations, dual toilets in the master bath, and laminate kitchen countertops.