In today’s consumer culture, many of us have accumulated more ‘stuff’ in our homes than we have places to keep it. From clothing and shoes to technology, toys, tools and appliances, if you are constantly tidying up and struggling to find a place to keep everything neat, tidy and out of sight, you are definitely not alone. For instance, once an exception, built-in robes in all bedrooms and even a walk-in robe in a master are almost the rule these days. They are virtually expected.
A recent survey of homebuyers found that an increasing number of them are placing greater emphasis on home storage solutions when looking for their next home.
So, can good storage make or break the sale of a home? And can it impact the price you receive? While it’s hard to put a dollar figure on storage, buying behaviour and trends suggest innovative and desirable storage solutions affects the buying decision. For instance, if storage is notably lacking in a property, buyers may factor the need to have storage added later into their negotiation on the price. Having fantastic storage solutions will improve the competitiveness of your home, which ultimately speaks to the value.
Below are the top three storage solution trends that today’s buyers want:
1. A butler’s pantry – A butler’s pantry definitely adds to the prestige and wow factor of a home and is a feature that is increasingly common on the wish list of buyers. And is it any wonder! The butler’s pantry is an excellent way to keep appliances readily accessible but out of sight. A full butler’s pantry may even include a sink, dishwasher and cooking appliances.
2. Study nook – With working from home such a common trend now, thanks to COVID, home offices are extremely sought after and so are study nooks in the open plan living area of a home. The study nook is a place where we can store iPads, phones and paperwork and keep an eye on the kids homework activities while prepping in the kitchen.
3. Garage storage solutions – Gone are the days where a garage is just a place to park the car. Buyers today love a garage that includes innovative storage solutions, whether it be shelving along the walls or even roof storage to keep the tools, garden equipment, surfboards and camping and fishing gear neat and tidy and readily accessible.
Other storage solutions buyers love
Creative garden sheds – The humble garden shed has been replaced by structures that are not only more aesthetically pleasing, but also provide greater functionality.
Custom designed wardrobes and walk-in robes – some of today’s wardrobe fit-outs are next level. Even small spaces can be fitted out to be incredibly efficient for storage.
If you are selling your home, ensure the agent you choose factors in the great storage solutions featured in your home, focusing on the benefits of how the storage will enhance the buyer’s life. It’s also important to ensure that you showcase the storage solutions in your home to their best advantage. For instance, the last thing you would want is for a buyer to open your walk-in pantry or walk-in robe and see it overflowing. Take the time to organise it properly so it makes a great impression to the buyer.