If you’re thinking of selling your house this year then you need to understand exactly what potential buyers are going to be looking for. With COVID restrictions and everyone spending so much time at home over the last 12 months, priorities have shifted significantly when it comes to finding a new property. This post outlines what house buyers are looking for in 2021 and how you can update your home to meet those requirements.
Set Up a Home Office and Workspace
Working from home is set to be the new normal for the foreseeable future, with many businesses unlikely to return to the office full time. This means that many home buyers are looking for space to set up a home office or workspace so that they can do their job at home.
If you don’t currently have a dedicated home office, or you’re working from the kitchen table, then take some time to set one up.
For example, buy a basic desk and clear out your spare bedroom and stage a home office. Or, if you’ve got a box room or loft space that you use for storage, move out some boxes and create a space where buyers can see the potential for a home office.
Create a Garden Or Outdoor Space
Having been cooped up inside for months, gardens or at least an outdoor space are another big priority for house buyers at the moment. In fact, for many potential buyers currently living in apartments and city locations, a garden is the main reason they want to move.
If you have a garden, make sure that it’s well maintained and make the most of it. Even if you’re not much of a gardener, spending some time getting it to look its best could boost the value of your home and make it easier to sell.
Tidy up your flower beds, mow the lawn and clean your patio or decking. If you struggle to get plants to grow, then look into improving your soil. For example, if the ground is too hard for plants to thrive, you could use clay soil conditioner to break it up — somewhere like John & Bob’s has options. Then you can plant some bright colorful flowers to show off the garden and attract buyers.
Any outdoor space can be a bonus for house buyers though. So even if you’ve got a small patio or a balcony, give it an update, add some potted plants, and make it a feature of your home.
Divide Up Spaces
Open-plan homes have been popular for years, but now, for many people, their home has to be multifunctional and provide spaces to work, homeschool, exercise, and relax in. This means that house buyers are looking for flexible spaces they can divide up to keep the various parts of their lives separate.
If you’ve got an open plan home, consider ways to separate out different areas for different purposes. For example, if your living and dining area is one room, make sure your sofa is positioned to divide up the space, or look into buying a few room dividers.
People want to be able to switch off from work and relax in a separate area. Dividing space is especially important if you don’t have spare rooms that can be used for working from home, homeschooling, or exercising.
Make As Much Space As Possible
A lot of homebuyers in 2021 are also going to be moving because they need more space. So try and maximize your home as much as possible. Get rid of as much clutter as you can, and keep the place tidy. Create plenty of space around the house — sort out messy cupboards and consider getting rid of any extra furniture that makes your rooms seem crowded.
If you have a shed or garage, clear it out and keep it organized so that buyers can see the potential to use it for whatever they want. Without as much stuff in your home, it’s going to feel more open and spacious, which is exactly what buyers are looking for.
With huge numbers of people moving because they need more space, indoors and outdoors, these are some of the key things they are looking for. By following these tips, you’ll be able to make your house more appealing to house buyers in 2021.
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We hope you found this blog post What Are House Buyers Looking For In 2021 useful. Be sure to check out our post 5 Affordable Makeovers to Complete Before You Sell Your Home for more great tips!
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