If you’re a contractor responsible for building several brand-new homes in a neighborhood, you want to outfit those homes with the most desired features. Popular elements like three-car garages or open-concept living spaces attract buyers and help the homes sell quickly.
However, sometimes you have more control over final design touches than the actual floor plan. Even if you can’t change the basic blueprints, you can outfit the homes you build with features that most buyers look for. Check out our list of four top wants of new-home buyers, and incorporate these components into your new construction.
- Energy-Efficient Windows
Almost all homebuyers who shop new construction look for features that make the house eco-friendly and reduce its carbon footprint. A survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders found that 89 percent of buyers want Energy Star-rated windows.
Lucky for you, window manufacturers have engineered many new types of energy-efficient glass and window frames. You can install these green products anywhere you’d put a window, including in skylights, gliding doors, and window seats. Plus, you can choose from an array of colors, materials, and styles to attract buyers with various tastes.
- Stone Countertops
Many homeowners consider the kitchen the most important gathering place in a house, so they look for welcoming cooking areas with durable countertops. Although laminate remains a viable countertop choice for budget-conscious buyers, many prefer to splurge on solid stone countertops.
Almost all homebuyers think of granite first when they judge countertop quality, so you’ll earn the approval of many open-house visitors if you choose this material. Some more discerning buyers may prefer ultra-durable quartz or elegant, trendy marble. Whichever material you select, your supplier can cut it to fit snuggly onto the kitchen’s counters.
If space allows, make sure to build a central kitchen island. Home cooks love having the extra counter space on which to spread out their tools, and they also love being able to look into an open area while they work rather than at a wall.
- Outdoor Living Spaces
Unlike apartment buildings, single-family homes offer their owners private yards, so many homebuyers, particularly first-time buyers, consider useable outdoor living space a nonnegotiable. They want room to stretch their legs after a long workday or watch the kids or grandkids roam in safety. To please your potential purchasers, add decks, patios, or porches to the houses you build.
You don’t have to worry about equipping the back deck with extra amenities like an outdoor fireplace or a built-in grill. Most homeowners don’t expect to find those features in new construction. Just focus on building an eye-catching deck with additional sale-enhancing elements, such as attractive safety railings and maintenance-reducing drainage systems.
- Finishing Details
Sometimes homebuyers complain that neighborhoods contain houses that feel too similar to each other. They want their houses to feel unique and serve as an expression of their personal style. You can appeal to your client’s desire to stand out by adding interesting but subtle finishing details.
Some places to incorporate these custom details include:
- Handrails and balusters on staircases
- Architectural columns
- Crown moldings
- Radius moldings
For example, instead of using the same baseboard style throughout the subdivision, use several different wood types, or install beaded baseboards in select houses. These details give a house its own personality, and buyers will sense that charm during their walk-throughs.
When you build several homes in a new subdivision, you want to make the neighborhood feel cohesive while ensuring that individual houses feel special to potential buyers. If you incorporate the popular home features described above, you are sure to please clients and make your quality construction work stand out.
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