Everyone wants the perfect property, and you may have noticed when looking at homes for sale in Kansas City, MO that you almost immediately decide whether or not a house is perfect for you and your family. Have you ever stopped to wonder why your decision is made so quickly?
It’s likely due to the exterior of the property. If people make up their minds about a person after only 15 seconds of meeting them, the same thing applies to property searches too. Everyone has their own opinions about what’s important for their home, so it’s important not to generalize, but there are some outdoor features that almost every homebuyer looks for. Do these things make your ‘must have’ list?
Why are Outdoor Features So Important to Home Buyers?
In a busy market, property buyers can afford to be picky. It’s natural when you’re scanning hundreds of listings, only the ones that visually appeal to you are going to make the cut. People who are selling their homes will likely do what they can to make the exterior of their homes seem inviting on camera, which may involve cropping out undesirable parts of the property. Try to reserve judgement until you arrive for a viewing.
You’ll likely make a decision quickly on arrival at a home. Outdoor features are important to homebuyers because they set the tone for the rest of the property. If a home looks warm and attractive on the outside, it will probably reflect this on the inside too. Also, everyone wants to live in a safe and welcoming neighbourhood. You will naturally associate clean and tidy properties with a secure neighbourhood.
Outdoor features should be both functional and enjoyable for a family. If you’re looking to buy in an area such as Kansas City, which has a varied climate, you’ll want to know you can take advantage of the outside space in some way no matter what the weather is like.
On the functional end of the scale, exterior lighting is reported to be the outdoor feature most home buyers want. Around 90% of buyers want exterior lighting on their property- are you one of them?
Exterior lighting serves many purposes. Simply, it allows you to see in the dark when you get home after a long day, but it also makes properties look aesthetically pleasing from the front. Exterior lighting also deters burglars, so you can sleep safely with your family every night.
A Well Maintained Yard
A lawn that’s been looked after shows that a home is worth taking pride in. It makes a property look tidy and neat, as well as beautiful.
Many people looking to buy a home want one that’s already in great condition, especially when they have busy lives. It’s much easier to continue to maintain an already manicured garden, than start from scratch when you move in.
A Patio Area
A great patio area will allow you and your family to enjoy the outside space more often. Have you ever looked at a patio and thought about all the fun social occasions you could have with your friends and family? You’re not alone, as around 84% of home buyers are looking for a patio area in the backyard of a property.
How Can You Get a Property with All the Exterior Features You Want?
You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s difficult to find homes for sale with all the features you want. However, it’s not an impossible task if you know where to look.
Consider employing an exclusive buyer’s agent to help you with your search. They’re contractually obliged to have your best interests at heart during a sale, which means they’re going to find you the ideal home with all the outdoor features you’re looking for. Once they’ve helped you find it, they’ll negotiate to ensure you get the best deal on a property.
Every homebuyer deserves the perfect property, so don’t let yourself think you need to settle for something you’re not happy with. Contact a reputable buyer’s agent like those at T.J. Lamb Real Estate, and watch your dream property come to life. Call us today for a no-obligation consultation on any Kansas City homes for sale you may be considering. (816) 224-4393