Hosting A BBQ This Weekend? Leverage That In-Demand Patio When It’s Time To Sell

Don’t have a patio? No worries! Here’s why other features – like a home office – could also help your home sell in today’s market.

If you’re a shopping regular or magazine page-flipper, you know that consumer preferences are constantly evolving. Right now, buyers are using their newfound appreciation for life at home as fuel for finding a space that better suits their needs. This summer, and heading into fall, there are certain household features that buyers are on the lookout for.

From grilling burgers now to potentially packing boxes down the road, this could be a busy summer for you and your family. Here’s why simple features like your backyard, kitchen or extra rooms may just be the key to selling your home this season.

Outdoor living space

After feeling cooped up in recent times, buyers in today’s hot market are largely looking for homes that have some configuration for time outdoors. That could be a grassy yard, pergola-covered patio, deck complete with rocking chairs or even a balcony in communal-living settings.

The work-from-home lifestyle has been a catalyst for many people to welcome new pets into the family, making the desire for a play space (and potty spot) for furry friends even greater. Plus, hosting celebrations over video chat has shone light on the importance of gathering in-person with family – and having a proper space that can fit everyone.

RE/MAX agents weigh in on upgrades for an outdoor space worth investing in when a home is being listed, including a reconfigured seating area and sleek gardening.

A dynamic kitchen

The living room is where your family intends to gather, but let’s face it – everyone ends up piled into the kitchen for snacking, cooking and using the table as a makeshift workstation. Today’s buyers are on the hunt for a kitchen that not just fits their family but works for their family.

Many are interested in a kitchen that’s been renovated with a neutral color palette, modern fixtures (think: stainless steel fridge) and a configuration that is comfortable for everyone.

Learn pointers for kitchen renovations big and small that make a large impact on a home’s resale value.

Room to work

And while it’s great to spend more time at home, the apparent need for an efficient (and quiet!) workspace has risen tremendously. Many buyers are interested in having a home office, whether it’s a dedicated room, guest room with flexibility or even just space carved out for a desk within an open area.

The demand for this feature may be heightened by the season, with kids out on summer break and parents multitasking at home.

Article originally appeared on RE/MAX.com.

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