The Features That Sell a House in 2023
What sells a house in 2023? As years change and trends come and go with evolving lifestyles, buyer priorities also fluctuate. What sold a house in the Bahamas, 10 or even 2 years ago, won’t necessarily be what sells it today. If you’re thinking about selling soon, highlight these sought-after features to make your Bahamas property stand out in today's competitive real estate market.
A flood of natural light
2023 is the year of light-infused living spaces. Natural light wins out as the #1 must-have feature found through many surveys and publications worldwide. It makes spaces in your home look and feel larger, airier, and more open—but that’s not all. Beyond aesthetics, abundant natural light has been linked to better mood, increased productivity, and even reduced energy costs.
To captivate buyers, enhance the features in your home that maximize the light right. Expansive windows that frame picturesque views, strategically placed skylights that create a sense of openness, and open floor plans that allow light to flow seamlessly throughout the living areas are all highly desirable. When you’re ready to show your property, ensure that the windows are crystal clear and the curtains or blinds are open. Arrange your furniture in a way that maximizes space and openness in your home, and change your lightbulbs to soft white versions free of dust. Additionally, try to schedule showings during the time of day when your home receives the most natural light, which will depend on its orientation according to the sun.
Highly usable outdoor space
The desire for outdoor living spaces has reached new heights in 2023. What started as a pandemic trend has become the new normal, with highly usable outdoor spaces at the top of most buyer must-have lists. Buyers now envision their homes as retreats where they can entertain with friends, relax, and connect with the outdoors. That means fenced areas and spacious backyards, comfortable seating, outdoor bars and kitchens, cozy fireplaces, shades and screens, upgraded lighting, integrated sound, beautiful landscaping, and more. Consider enhancing your property's outdoor appeal with these elements, and be sure to highlight them when you go to sell. Please check out our earlier article on 7 Spectacular Outdoor Projects To Boost Home Value.
Have an open house? Make sure you lead your visitors outside with food and drink offerings so they can experience all your property has to offer.
A versatile kitchen island
The kitchen, long considered the heart of the home, continues to be a focal point for buyers in 2023. Today’s kitchens must be as beautiful as they are functional, which means integrating on-trend stylistic choices with smart home tech and top-of-the-line appliances. One major must-have on buyer lists? A versatile kitchen island.
An expansive kitchen island with a variety of features can be a game-changer, providing a multifunctional space that serves as the home’s hub of cooking, dining, and socializing. Think of an island with abundant storage, countertop space, and seating for casual meals or conversations. Including features like a built-in sink, dishwasher, and wine cooler can further enhance its functionality and appeal. A well-designed kitchen island not only contributes to the aesthetic appeal of your home but also makes daily living more efficient and enjoyable for prospective buyers. Also read our prior article,
A dedicated laundry room
In 2023, homeowners are increasingly valuing practicality and organization, and the desire for a dedicated laundry room is a clear reflection of this trend. A well-equipped laundry room significantly enhances a home's appeal by offering a designated space for doing laundry. This separation from other living areas keeps the home tidy and provides space for washing, drying, folding, ironing and more — as well as storage for the associated appliances and supplies. If your home doesn’t have a laundry room, you can improve its laundry area by providing separation with room dividers, area rugs, and shelving.
Already have a laundry room? Make sure it’s outfitted with ample storage, generous countertop space, and a utility sink for added convenience. Don’t leave this room looking utilitarian, either. Paint it with soothing hues and choose aesthetically pleasing laundry baskets and accessories. This attention to detail and organization will resonate with buyers, making your laundry room a sought-after feature that will help your property stand out. For more great ideas, please review our earlier article The Most Valuable Renovation Projects in The Bahamas (and How to do Them).
For more wonderful ideas on improvements to your home, please read our article, Value-Boosting Home Design Trends.
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