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2013-02-01 10:05:29
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?



Real-estate agents, designers, marketers and researchers say some  of women's home preferences are purely functional: Moms like dining areas with  easily wiped hardwood or tile floors, not carpeting, for example, and the  location of a laundry room is likely to matter deeply to a female homebuyer.

 

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!

3. Location

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.

4. Security

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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