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What Are People Looking for In A Home In 2021?


Since the start of 2021, we have known that this year would be different in the realm of real estate. Today, we are answering the question, “what are people looking for in a home in 2021.” From multiple offers to selling before going on the market, to more first-time homebuyers than ever before, many trends have emerged that are worth taking note of. Based on the first few months of this year, we have gathered a list of what buyers are looking for in a home in 2021.

Upgraded Laundry Rooms

With more time spent at home in 2020, there was also more time spent in the laundry room during the day. In fact, a separate laundry room has topped the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) list of most-wanted home features by buyers. Upgraded laundry rooms are now a major selling point plus having an additional space to fold clothes avoids clutter throughout the rest of the home.

Perfectly-Situated Patios

This may not be a new concept, but backyards can be a huge selling point for buyers. With the onset of COVID, many homeowners wanted to be outside even more, which gave greater importance to outdoor living spaces. So, sellers take note of your outdoor space and splurge on a simple patio or back deck because it can add substantial value when putting your home on the market.

The Little Things Are Now Must-Haves

Gone are the days of making do without ceiling fans, recess lighting, or updated fixtures. Buyers are looking for homes that do not cut corners when it comes to small and inexpensive updates. So, take the extra time to install new blinds, give your home a deep clean, and replace outdated lighting because these minor upgrades have now become major must-haves.

No Shortage on Storage

Since spending more time at home, many were able to address junk drawers, overflowing closets, and other storage issues. The more storage options the better for these 2021 buyers, especially those with growing families. So, whether you add simple storage solutions to the garage, attic, kitchen, closets, etc. sellers can sleep easy knowing that storage solutions can streamline daily living for buyers, thus making your property more desirable.

High-End Kitchens

When it comes to your home, few places receive as much foot traffic as your kitchen. So, it’s no wonder that buyers are looking for kitchens that pull out all the stops from high-end appliances, fixtures, large islands, and more. Curious to know what’s trending this year? Check out our recent post on kitchen inspiration and trends here.

Hardwood Floors

Been debating on installing hardwood floors before putting your home on the market? Run, don’t walk! Hardwood floors are another buyer must-have for 2021 because of their ease of cleaning, overall elevated look, and durability. This can be a costly update, but there are options to buy engineered wood flooring for a lower cost.

Energy Efficiency is Important

Although Earth Day was just celebrated, homes that are eco-friendly have been a hot trend all of 2021. Features such as solar paneling, Energy-star qualified windows and appliances have become super appealing to buyers. Due to their lower utility cost and visible impact on the environment, these are worth the cost. In fact, these features have become expected, and sellers will want to take note of this trend when planning to list their home.

Now you know what people are looking for in a home.

Knowing what buyers are looking for can be challenging at times. This list is a great place to get started. If you are getting your home ready to sell this spring, contact your preferred Dickens Mitchener agent to get started. Don’t have an agent? Contact Catharine Pappas to be paired with an agent today.