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Classic wood floors are among home amenities that would-be buyers want

July 25, 2013

Hardwood FloorsWell-maintained landscaping and a welcoming front entrance are important to get prospective home buyers to look at a property, but once they're inside, they want to see certain features that let them know this may be the new home for them. Classic oak floors like those in Anderson's Eagle Lodge collection, good quality kitchen appliances and attractive moldings and trims are some of the items that attract serious offers.

An energy-efficient home is at the top of the list for many home buyers these days, according to the National Association of Home Builders.  They're looking for Energy Star-rated appliances, windows, door and insulation and often are willing to pay slightly more for a home that includes features that will lower their utility bills. To make a sale, it may be worth investing in a few new appliances to replace older models that don't meet current standards.

Hardwood floors
Wood floors have an air of elegance and spaciousness that wall-to-wall carpeting doesn't convey, which is one reason that Forbes magazine lists them among the items most wanted by home buyers today. If homeowners have hardwood floors beneath carpeting, real estate brokers frequently recommend they pull up the carpet and clean or refinish the wood to bring it to prime condition.

Extra storage
Everyone's looking for more places to store their personal goods. If they can have a linen closet in the bathroom, shelving units lining the garage and a separate laundry room or enclave, that's sure to get buyers' attention. A walk-in pantry off a kitchen is considered golden.

Work and play
NAHB has also found that younger families place a high premium on a room they can use for all their media and gaming needs and the wiring components in place to accommodate these pastimes. Space for a home office is also tops on the Forbes list of must-haves.

Outdoor living spaces
People are trying to expand their living space as much as possible and one easy way to do that is to have a well-equipped patio or deck for family meals outside, social gatherings and a comfortable place to put up their feet and relax.

As a result, keeping the backyard landscaping in good shape is also considered part of a home's curb appeal. Home sellers should consider repairs to fences and walkways along with keeping the greenery healthy and manicured in both front and back areas.