- Casual Media Rooms. Home theaters, usually found in the basement, used to be a huge selling point for potential home buyers. These days, families are more likely to embrace a cozier room with large, pull down screens rather than a dedicated theater.
- Tech-Savvy Homes. From USB-ready electrical outlets to wireless, whole-house sound, buyers are looking for homes on the cutting edge of technology. Music lovers especially love discreet speakers and surround sound integrated into a home.
- Energy Efficiency. This concept will continue to be huge for the long-term future of home buying, selling and building. Energy-efficient appliances, sustainable materials, cost-effective heating and cooling solutions plus solar panels are all attractive to a 2014 home buyer.
- Outdoor Entertaining. In today’s busy world, Americans feel the need to escape to the great outdoors. Outdoor living spaces, from patios to swimming pools to outdoor kitchens, help families entertain at home or have their own “staycation.”
- Multi-generational Options. Separate apartments, in-house suites and other convenient solutions to multi-generational continue to be popular, with 51 million Americans living in a multi-generational household. Creative ways to maximize space for adult children or aging parents will help homes sell quickly this year.
- Home Office Space. Technology improvements have made working from home easier and more ideal for many Americans. In fact, telecommuting has grown more than 80% since 2005. Providing a home office solution for those who can work from home will be a huge selling point for homeowners in 2014.
Quick and easy changes can help make some of these options a reality. From new home staging to small-budget updates, talk to your real estate agent about how you can make your home appeal to buyers this year.