Potential bump: 4 to 6 percent Lowering your home’s energy costs will save you money for as long as you live there and is expected to be a major selling point down the line.
Indeed, “energy-efficient” was second only to “safe community” on the list of attributes that would most influence a purchase decision, according to a 2015 survey by the National Association of Home Builders.
Finishing a basement is the most common way to add usable square footage to a home. Many younger buyers will envision the additional living spaces as a dedicated office, especially if they work from home.
Buyers of all kinds have long focused on the kitchen, but it holds particular sway over the newest wave of first-time homeowners.
A “modern/updated kitchen” topped the list of ideal home features in our survey of millennials, registering as most important to more than a third of respondents.
They refinished the kitchen cabinets, and installed new stainless-steel appliances and LED lighting.
New engineered wood floors replaced the mishmash of linoleum tiles and musty, high-maintenance carpeting.
Older homeowners who have felt the sting of escalating energy costs tend to be driving the interest.