At the start of a new year, it’s always a good idea to stop and review the home features most people want these days. After all, these are the very things that will get you a higher sale price if you ever decide to put your home on the market.
If you’re looking to remodel this year, don’t break ground before reviewing these six popular home features for 2016 remodeling.
- Walk-In Shower: As more and more Boomers resolve to age in place rather than sell their homes, this popular home feature continues to expand its appeal. A walk-in shower benefits the older homeowner by eliminating the need to step over a threshold – a feature that’s better for slip-and-fall prevention.
- Hardwood Floors: The natural beauty and long-term durability of hardwood floors has made them one of the most popular home features of 2016. Include this buzzword in your home’s description and you’re likely to generate more interest than you would with wall-to-wall carpeting. It’s possible too much carpeting is being seen as too “high-maintenance” these days to retain its long-standing popularity.
- New Roof: Buyers love this buzzword because it means they won’t be running into issues with water damage and ice dams for long, long time. Plus, in recent surveys, a new roof ranks as one of the best remodeling features for return on investment.
- High-Quality Paints: It’s easy to explain why this is a popular home feature in 2016. Top-rated interior paints stick better, last longer, and provide more effective protection than low-quality paints over the long term. Be sure to use a neutral color scheme if you’re planning to put your home on the market anytime soon!
- Curb Appeal: This remodeling buzzword has been around for a while, but in 2016 it means having the front door painted, replacing siding that’s seen better days, and making other repairs on the façade. Excellent curb appeal will always be a home feature that wins buyers.
- High-Efficiency Windows: Given the effectiveness of high-efficiency windows at reducing energy bills, it’s no wonder this is a popular home feature in 2016. Up to 15% savings are possible with Energy Star-certified windows!