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Does your home have the Top 7 things today's homeowners really want?

A new report, The Housing Satisfaction Gap: What People Want, but Don’t Have, measured the gap between the home features people want and the features they currently have in their own homes.

Here’s what made the list, and what you can do to close your home’s satisfaction gap so you get top dollar when you’re ready to sell:


1. Energy Efficiency
Have an energy audit done to identify the best investment for your energy-improvement dollars.


2. Renovations
Replace worn flooring and repaint in neutral colors.


3. Updated Kitchen
You can replace your whole kitchen, or if you’re on a budget, paint the cabinets and update lighting and plumbing fixtures.


4. Aging-Friendly Design
Any time you do a major renovation, remodel with aging in mind. Consider adding a first-floor owner’s suite with a roll-in shower in the bath. When possible, replace hallways and any narrow doorways with an open floor plan.


5. Safe Neighborhood
Start a neighborhood watch.


6. Privacy
Plant hedges, put up a fence or add hardscaping features to increase the privacy of your outdoor spaces.


7. Storage Space
Add large closets when you remodel. Install organizers to maximize the storage space you already have in closets, the garage and outbuildings.

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