What do Cook County Home Buyers Want?

Selling

1If you’re planning to sell you home, the more features and amenities you have that buyers are looking for, the better your chances are at selling well and quickly. But how do you know what buyers are looking for and can you readily give them what they want? While you can’t guess what every buyer may want, there are some long-term trends which have been noted by new home construction statistics and surveys.

Wood floors are still a better option over carpet. Easier to care for and timeless in style, a wood floor is a top feature worth including on your listing. If you have carpet that’s seen better days, before you list consider replacing it with wood flooring. If hardwood is out of your budget, not to worry, today’s market includes incredible, durable composite flooring material, where you can get the look and feel of a hardwood at a fraction of the cost.

Here in Cook County we experience the harshest of winters and summer heat as well. One key way to combat the worst of these extremes is with a well-insulated house. This is something that home buyers are keen to have. If it’s been a while since you’ve had your insulation redone, have an inspection completed before listing and update it if needed. As we head into colder weather check for drafts around windows and doors and get them sealed.

2An energy efficient home will also help keep you comfortable, no matter the weather, and home buyers want houses which are already efficient, a green home is a sold home. This doesn’t’ mean you have to upgrade your entire house. There are several ways you can increase your home’s efficiency without a major overhaul. Smart lights and thermostats, low-flow water faucets and toilets, tankless water heaters and solar exterior lights can all make a big impact. You can also go big and consider an upgrade to solar power as an option.

The appeal of a garden is a natural curb appeal for any home with a delineated outdoor space. Whether in the front or back yard, if you have a clean and attractive garden and space for enjoying it in comfort, such as a brick patio leading to the garden, you have a good chance of appealing to many home buyers.

3While more shades of color are being accepted as neutral in tone, when it comes to the kitchen whatever colors you choose, opt for something on the lighter side for your cabinets. Home buyers appear to prefer lighter cabinets. This makes sense when you think of the important of light in a room. The kitchen is one of the busiest places in a house, and good lighting is imperative. If you have dark cabinets, there’s a bigger challenge in providing adequate light.

Find out more about what home buyers are looking for in this article published by RealtyTimes. When it’s time to sell or buy a home, you want the process to be stress-free and easy. Work with a Realtor® who puts their expertise to work for you. The Driscoll Properties Team is ready to help you every step of the way. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.