Top 5 features that home buyers don’t like

Nov 22, 2017

If you are thinking about selling your house and figuring out where to invest for the highest return on your investment, consider these few updates. According to a new Taylor Morrison consumer survey, 70% of new or prospective home buyers report having outdated features in their homes. Here are the top 5 outdated features:

  1. Linoleum floors 40%
  2. Popcorn ceiling 29%
  3. Wood paneling 28%
  4. Ceramic tile countertops 28%
  5. Shag carpeting 19%

Number 6 was listed as avocado green appliances. Does anyone still have those?

  • Linoleum floors 40% 40%
  • Popcorn ceiling 29% 29%
  • Wood paneling 28% 28%
  • Ceramic tile countertops 28% 28%
  • Shag carpeting 19% 19%

…and a few features new home buyers hope for.

  • Better energy efficiency 62% 62%
  • Personalized floor plans 58% 58%
  • Easier maintenance 56% 56%
While you may not be able to change the floor plan, improving efficiency by adding more insulation in the attic, and re-sealing or replacing weather stripping around windows and doors will definitely improve the efficiency. You may even consider replacing older appliances with newer, more energy efficient ones. Also, you may love your blooming flowers in the flower bed, but many buyers will see it as more work. Consider a simple, low-maintenance yard.

The interior

Wood flooring came in as the most essential feature in any home, followed by tech features like USB and Ethernet plugs. In my experience, many buyers were hoping for a few other tech features like a smart thermostat, doorbell, and even garage door opener. According to the study, millenials preferred jetted tubs, a home theatre, and a wine cellar/refrigerator over the older generation. A dining room is still very desirable, however 65% of millennials are using it for other purposes. As for interior color, 77% want soft natural tones. However, deep, rich tones may be taking over, as 59% of millennials want the interior painted with darker colors.

  • Wood flooring 65% 65%
  • USB and Ethernet ports 44% 44%

Whirlpool tub

  • Millenial 39% 39%
  • Older generations 32% 32%

Home theater

  • Millenial 30% 30%
  • Older generations 24% 24%

Wine refrigerator or cellar

  • Millenial 21% 21%
  • Older generations 12% 12%
Source: “Home Is Where the Shag Carpet Is?” BUILDER (Nov. 16, 2017)