It Really Is the Simple Things – Homebuyers’ Favorite Features

Sometimes all you need is space – garage space, that is.

Zolo Realty, a Canadian online real estate marketplace, surveyed more than 1,800 North American home shoppers and found that most of them would rather have a garage than a luxurious item.

A pool? No thanks. A garage? That’s what they’re looking for.

The highest marks went to properties with a garage, an en suite, main-floor bathroom, or a newer furnace or A/C unit.

What’s the ideal home layout to both men and women, you ask? Well, a standard 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home with a master bedroom suite and a garage sounds about right.

The top 5 features homebuyers consider not as important:

  1. 61% – Pool
  2. 54% – In-law/income suite
  3. 44% – Mudroom
  4. 35% – View (city, mountain, water)
  5. 31% – Accessible living features

This might not be that surprising when one thinks about tackling renovations – updating a kitchen to fit your needs wouldn’t seem as big of a feat as pool maintenance or building a garage if one doesn’t already exist.

If you’re selling your home and wondering what you can do to up your value, maybe don’t worry so much about whether you need to build a mudroom, but hope that you have a garage to highlight.