If you own an older home, you might find yourself scrolling through new and updated homes on Zillow, drooling over current trends. You might ask yourself “will someone just buy my property so I can get an updated home?”
We understand: There’s definitely a lot to love about current housing trends. Whether you’re a casual Zillow-browser or seriously considering an upgrade to a newer home, you might have noticed these trends that aren’t typically seen in dated homes. What’s top on your list of priorities for your next home?
Trend 1: Energy efficiency.
Most older homes are not very energy efficient. In new builds, energy efficiency is becoming standard.
Features we typically see under this umbrella include quality insulation, Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient windows, and even Energy Star front doors. These features are not only good for the environment; they’re also good for your wallet since they reduce utility bills. While they may be higher in initial cost, they quickly pay for themselves with the money you save on a monthly basis.
Trend 2: Integrated technology.
Real estate technology doesn’t end with energy efficiency. Homes have more and more technology integrated into them like smart thermostats and alarm systems, specialized outlets that can connect directly to USB cables, whole house air filtration systems, and luxury items like heated bathroom floors. One cool trend we’ve been seeing lately is a dedicated charging station for guests to charge their phones. Technology is a huge part of our lives, so it makes sense for it to be woven into our homes!
Trend 3: Durable, low-maintenance materials.
Whether we’re talking about marble in the kitchen, luxury vinyl plank floors throughout the house, or engineered wood siding on the outside, today’s homes have low-maintenance materials everywhere. Just like with energy efficient components, these materials can cost more in the beginning, but you spend less time and money on upkeep.
Trend 4: Connection to nature.
Alongside the rise of home technology, we’re also seeing a return to nature. People are bringing the outside in, and bringing the inside out. We’ve seen this accomplished through large, bright kitchens with multiple window banks and plenty of houseplants. We’ve also seen this accomplished with gorgeous outdoor living spaces that are as impressive as any room inside the house. These indoor/outdoor spaces are somewhere you can relax and ground yourself in nature while still having your comforts.
Trend 5: Sustainability.
Homeowners are also paying more attention to sustainability. There are so many great options now for materials that lessen our impact on the environment, like bamboo and cork for sustainable flooring. We can reduce water waste by using efficient plumbing fixtures. For those in sunny climates, solar panels can be a wonderful investment. We’re also seeing more emphasis on native plants and pollinator habitats in landscaping.
What trend do you like most?
If one of these trends sticks out to you, see how you can integrate it into your current home. Are there any updates you can do to make you enjoy your home more?
If you’re considering selling your older home to buy your dream home with all the current trends, we’re here to make the process as easy as possible. At MarketPro Homebuyers, we buy homes as-is. And we really mean that!
- Will you buy my property if it’s dated?
- Will you buy my property if it needs new appliances?
- Will you buy my property if there is a leak in the roof?
Work with MarketPro:
We’ll give you a fast and fair cash offer for your current home just as it is now; no repairs, no inspection, no commissions or fees. You can even choose your exact closing date to coordinate perfectly with the purchase of your new, updated home. Our team will walk you through your quote, including a review of what your home would likely bring on the open market.
If you’re in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, or Pennsylvania, we’d love to show you how easy and stress-free the sales process can be. Contact us today for a no-pressure quote.