(StatePoint) Whether your home is on the market, or you plan to sell one day, knowing homebuyers’ preferences can help you make smart upgrades that will increase your home’s value and offer a great return on investment.
Luckily, a 2012 survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is giving savvy homeowners a clear look at what potential buyers are looking for. Here are a few insights:
When it comes to windows, energy efficiency is the prime consideration for consumers. ENERGY STAR rated windows, triple-pane insulating glass windows, and Low-E insulating glass windows are the three top “must haves” and “desirable” types of windows among new and potential homebuyers, according to the NAHB survey.
With that in mind, when replacing your home’s windows, you’d be wise to look for those from an ENERGY STAR partner that’s committed to meeting the strict criteria of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For example, Simonton Windows has developed glass packages for each climate zone -- Northern, North Central, South-Central and Southern -- which utilize insulating glass units to drastically reduce the transfer of heat and cold, as well as block ultraviolet rays.
As far as materials are concerned, opting for lower maintenance vinyl frames is a good bet, as survey results from the study also show that vinyl framed windows are the leading preference for homebuyers for their low-maintenance features, durability and great insulating factors.
More information about ENERGY STAR qualified vinyl windows can be found at www.simonton.com/energystar.
Homebuyers want great storage features, like laundry rooms, linen closets, garage storage and walk-in pantries, says the NAHB survey.
If you don’t have these features or the budget to knock down walls or build additions, you can at least make the most of the storage you do have. Get organized and use easy-to-install closet systems that fit into your existing closets. Doing so will put your home in the best light possible.
Homebuyers want quality and beauty in their doors and entryways, according to the NAHB study, and fiberglass doors are gaining popularity. It’s no wonder, since the door is the first thing anyone sees when entering a home and fiberglass doors are durable as well as aesthetically pleasing.
With quality in mind, consider selecting a door with a complete system of components engineered to work together and sourced from the same manufacturer. A door system designed to work together for lasting performance, security and energy efficiency, such as Therma-Tru fiberglass doors, can withstand severe weather conditions along with day-to-day family activity. They also provide the home with strong protection from air and water infiltration.
Don’t forget to add some beauty and detail to your entry door. Request decorative, clear or privacy doorlites and sidelites to reflect the personality and style of your home.
More information about updating your entry doors can be found at www.ThermaTru.com.
Don’t make home upgrades blindly. By taking the pulse of homebuyers, you can ensure you get a great return on your investments.