Sellers don’t have to break the bank on huge upgrades and remodels in order to impress buyers. Many buyers say that what ultimately makes them decide to make an offer on a home are the small upgrades and personalized touches that a home has. Cookie cutter homes are definitely out when it comes what buyers want. So sellers that want to give their home an edge when it comes to impressing buyers can get a big return from small extras and upgrades if they are strategic about the upgrades and extras that they pick. Remember to pick upgrades and extras that are timeless, because if you pick extras that are too trendy in just a few years they will be considered eyesores. No one wants a built-in kitchen desk anymore, for example. Here are four extras that are timeless and very appealing to buyers:

A Mudroom

A mudroom doesn’t have to be huge to be appreciated. Carving out or creating a little space where kids can take off their shoes and boots, hang up coats and book bags, and contain their mess can make a huge difference to buyers. Some built-in shelving or an additional closet and a shoe and boot rack won’t cost much but will make a big impression.

A Nice Laundry Room

Laundry closets might be great at saving space, but no one really wants to do laundry in a closet. Creating a dedicated laundry space with a countertop for folding clothes, a built-in drying rack for delicates, and some shelving to accommodate laundry soap and all the laundry extras is a little upgrade that buyers will love. Make the laundry space clean, bright, and elegant and it will be something that will add a lot of value to the home.

Pet Spaces

Pets are a bigger part of our lives than ever before, and homebuyers with pets will love pet-friendly spaces that are already built into the home when they buy it. An enclosed space for litter boxes with a cat door already set up is a great addition to a home. So is a dog washing station in the powder room near the back door or in the garage or even in the laundry room. Built in dog crates and pet nooks are also great to add to your home.

A Charging Station

Smartphones and tablets are now a part of everyday life. But when you have an entire family charging their devices cords get tangled and devices get jumbled and it can make a big mess. A tidy charging station with multiple outlets, USB ports, and custom shelving to hold smartphones and tablets while they charge is something that will really make your home stand out to buyers.


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Listing information last updated on March 23rd, 2023 at 4:01am CDT.