11 Things Women Look for in a Home
If you are looking to buy a Salt Lake City Home, here are a few things to think about as you look around. According to research these are 11 top priorities for women when buying a home. Are they top priority for you?
1. Big closets
Female homebuyers walk into a home for sale and, invariably, after first inspecting the kitchen, will make a beeline for the bedroom to check out the closets, she says. Women tell researchers, real-estate agents and anyone else who will listen that they want a home that helps manage a family's accumulation of stuff. That means cupboards, drawers, cubbies and organizing systems. But above all, it means great walk-in closets.
2. Jetted bathtubs
Jetted tubs might sound '80s retro, but, odd as it sounds, they are a big attraction for female buyers.
Everyone needs a place to escape and relax... a jetted tub is ideal, not to mention kids love them too!
Women generally care more about location and less about size. A small home with great architectural character or a beautifully built little jewel box will fulfill many a woman's dreams better than a megahouse — provided she loves the location.
Feeling safe at home is crucial to everyone, but women rank it as an extra-high priority. Qualms about safety will break a deal, particularly for single women..
5. A great place for socializing
A party space is nice, but an even bigger priority, women tell housing experts, is a comfortable environment for sitting around and sharing. Preferably with food. It could be a kitchen island or counter, a comfortable den or a corner with a couple of chairs and a sofa pulled up in front of a fireplace.
6. A dedicated laundry room
A magazine-worthy laundry palace with built-in cabinets, a TV, acres of counter space, a crafts area and a window to the garden would be fabulous. But few women will have one in their lifetime, and all of that's not really essential. What matters, experts say, is the laundry room's location.
Why: 'A lot of people — a lot of women — don't want to see a laundry room when they enter the house through the garage. They don't want to have a pile of laundry greet them at the end of a long day.
Trooping down basement stairs with a laundry basket to reach the washer and dryer is another huge turn-off. A simple utility closet near the bedrooms or off the kitchen would be a whole lot better.
7. Low maintenance
When they're asked what matters most in home design, women consistently say that a low-maintenance home is a very high priority. Female homebuyers love no-paint exterior siding, no-fuss landscaping and homes that are new or recently renovated.
8. Separate master-bath shower and tub
Women care deeply about the master bathroom, for many would like to send bathtubs to the dustbin of history. A spa shower with multiple heads is the big master-bath must have instead.
Why: Research by Design Basics finds that just 22% of adults take baths. . Women say they feel guilty for using too much water or that the bath gets cold and the water heater can't keep up. Others say they're sick of dusting a tub they don't use.
'Men almost never slip into the bathtub to bathe — most men don't fit comfortably in most tubs — and she's going to give herself permission to soak in the tub only about three or four times a year,'
'You do want a tub elsewhere, for the kids and grandkids. There should be a tub in the home but not necessarily as the centerpiece of the master bathroom,'
9. A two-car garage
Why: Really? Even if they have just one car? Absolutely, It's great storage!
10. A great kitchen
Women love a great kitchen and so do men. A kitchen is the most important feature of a home for most clients.
Why: Both genders love big open kitchens that include space for dining, entertaining, doing homework, using computers, watching TV and hanging out together.
People like to hang out where the food is, when you throw the wall up between the kitchen and dining room, it cuts off socialization. Frankly, more men are cooking today than ever, and couples are cooking together.'
11. A smart layout
Women are critical of home plans that don't allow life to flow smoothly. A home needs to be planned for the lives of real people.
Why: That means that there should be plenty of electrical outlets and that they should be located where you need them, near where you'd use a hairdryer or shaver, for instance.
Other functional preferences include weather-tight, energy-efficient homes that are easy on the pocketbook to heat. Hard-surface floors are ranked higher than carpet. Other favorites include two full baths and a place for dropping things when you walk in the door.
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