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6 Home Upgrades Buyers Want in the Era of COVID-19

Now, well into the COVID-19 era, many people continue working and logging in to school from home. This shift in daily life means buyers may be eager to upgrade to a new home.
Now is the time to step on the gas in preparing your home to sell. These home improvements will hit the right note with buyers during the pandemic (and beyond).

1. Upgrade your outdoor space
Most of us are suffering from an acute case of cabin fever these days. It’s little wonder that outdoor space has become more important to prospective buyers.
That doesn’t mean you need to splurge on a new in-ground pool; even a minor landscaping refresh can make a big difference and increase curb appeal. Depending on your budget and your neighborhood, you might also consider adding an in-ground fire pit or outdoor kitchen to maximize your outdoor space.
With cooler weather approaching, extending the usability of your outdoor space will be a big draw for buyers.

2. Create a functional home office or classroom
Many workers aren’t heading back to the office until 2021 or even later, which means home office space is at a premium, as is space for kids to log in to virtual classrooms.
Consider staging a guest bedroom as a home office or classroom to show the possibilities for buyers. Most of us host guests in our guest rooms less than a month per year—and probably even less during the pandemic.

3. Add separation of space
Homeowners are looking for distinct spaces for family members to work or study. If your space isn’t well-segmented, you may want to create separate spaces by adding barn doors or pocket doors—or even room dividers for a quick and easy solution.
Having distinct rooms helps to minimize volume from other people’s activities, and can create a different feeling in each part of the house. With people spending more time at home, it’s great to have different environments to avoid feeling “stuck” inside.

4. Add space for a home gym
Many people are forgoing the gym during the pandemic, instead preferring to work up a sweat from home to minimize risks of coronavirus transmission. That means people are looking for space to house gym equipment, from yoga mats to treadmills and stationary bikes.
Your home may not have the space for a fully equipped home gym, but you can still carve out a corner where home buyers will be able to picture their future at-home HIIT workouts or yoga flows.

5. Give your in-law suite a makeover
A guest house can be an attractive feature for buyers right now, especially those with multigenerational households, or people looking for a potential source of rental income. Even if this space isn’t used for personal reasons, it can be an investment property.

6. Spruce up the laundry room
Attractive laundry spaces are always at the top of our list, but with concerns about cleanliness and hygiene at all-time highs during the pandemic, laundry rooms are more important than ever.

People are doing laundry more often after running errands, and many of us have become more diligent about washing our bed linens. Plus, who couldn’t use more room for ironing, folding, and hang-drying clothes?

Thinking of selling?

Your Stephens agent can make suggestions to help prepare your home for today’s market.
We’ve been your local resource for over 40 years, and we know how to adapt to whatever is going on with Lawrence real estate. Ready to buy or sell? Call us at 785-841-4500.

Adapted from realtor.com article by Lauren Sieben.

Stephens Real Estate, Inc.
2701 W. Sixth Street
Lawrence, KS 66049

Phone: 785-841-4500
Toll-Free: 1-800-875-4315