The key features buyers are looking for in a home

While security remains one of the top priorities for South African property buyers, there are other key features that makes a property more attractive to buyers.

The old adage of location, location, location will never not be true, however buyers of apartments are looking for different things than buyers of a freestanding home. Apartment buyers prefer more open plan spaces as they can better utilise the space available to them, while freestanding home buyers in suburban areas prefer spaces that are designed with a floor plan that optimises the flow of the home.

Getting down to the nitty gritty features, today’s buyers are looking for fixtures and fittings in the bathroom and kitchen - which are still the top selling areas - that are not only modern but also contribute to the sustainability of the planet (and their wallets!) Green fixtures such slow-flow faucets, solar geysers and other eco-friendly features score high with buyers. 

Example of a sensor activated faucet (Image via Inhabitat)

Stainless steel finishes are slowly bowing out of the market as the more easily maintained matte-finishes makes an entrance. Matte has the benefit of hiding smudges and fingerprints more easily, which means the home buyer will spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying their home.

Gone are the days of small tiles! Larger tiles are all the rage and this paired with more neutral colour palettes are helping buyers say yes to the home. Although concrete flooring and finishes still appeal to some buyers, it would seem that a less industrial aesthetic are what buyers are looking for the most these days.

Elf Verdon Oak Beige Laminated Flooring (Image via CTM)

For the younger generation buyer, wood flooring will always trump carpeting - mostly because it requires less maintenance. This year has seen cork flooring also making an appearance in the international housing market, which still allows for low maintenance but with a softer feel. For the same reason granite is still the preferred counter top finish in the bathroom and kitchen.

Although not part of the brick-and-mortar features of a home it is interesting to note that many young buyers are now also taking into consideration how the internet or mobile network coverage is in a particular area. As fibre-to-home solutions become more prevalent and affordable so its role will increase in the decision-making process.

Modern Kitchen with granite countertops and larger tiles (Image via Easy Life Kitchen)

It is however vital to remember that if you are thinking of upgrading your home for a new generation buyer, you should never over-capitalise. If the upgrades are way out of your budget, it will probably be out of the potential buyer’s as well.  Rather ensure that your property is well-maintained, correctly priced if it is going to fit your own budget better.

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