Trends That Sell
Sellers often ask me what to change or build when preparing their house to sell. I might have a few suggestions, but just as often my advice is to do nothing more than a few superficial updates like new paint. Getting the most for your house is not necessarily about creating what you think a buyer wants, but more about showing your home so that buyers see all the things they want.
"Future sellers", however, who are looking for ideas to update their house for themselves today but plan to sell at some date several years out, are more interested in current design and remodeling trends. So for you, I have a brief list of some current trends that just might inspire your next project.
Kitchen Central - More and more, home life continues to revolve around the kitchen. Today’s new kitchens take advantage of that by providing features such as large islands, open walls, and integrated offices. And here is a fun trend: banquette seating under a bright picture window provides an inviting spot to sit down and get comfortable on while doubling as extra storage.
Spa Retreat - The master bath is becoming more of a destination, integrating soaking tubs, his-and-her grooming areas, breakfast nooks, fireplaces, and heated everything (floors, towel bars, mirrors, shaving cream…). When was the last time you enjoyed a nice steam shower at home while catching up on your favorite TV shows? And keep your eye out for wall-mounted and dual-flush toilets - they can save space and water!
Improvements with Technology - Surveys continue to show that homeowners want to integrate technology into their houses, such as energy-efficient appliances that monitor usage, thermostats that can be changed from a smart phone, and voice-activated controls. House, can you prepare my dinner now?
Outdoor Living - Creating “outdoor rooms” continues to be a popular way to blend indoor and outdoor living spaces. Where some vinyl patio furniture used to suffice, homeowners now look for lounges, gazebos, built-in food prep stations, and entertainment. Ever made a green salad while reaching over the counter to pick the lettuce?
Fun and whimsical, these are just a few ideas for how you can perfect your living area. As a real estate agent along the SF Peninsula, I love seeing these trends in person as I view new homes for sale. Join me one day and see what inspires you!
Image courtesy of Charles Rondeau