2020 Top Home Features Buyers Want

Now that we’re approaching the end of 2019, the new year brings in new trends in home design too. Here are some top home features that will be priorities for home buyers ringing in the New Year. 

For those of you wondering how the upheaval related to the pandemic is affecting the market, check out Coronavirus Impact on Realestate.

Wood Flooring

The latest improvements with laminate flooring have taken the home improvement industry by storm. Beautiful flooring is now considerably more affordable and easy to install than it’s ever been. There’s a growing move away from carpeting with a growing number of home buyers preferring wood flooring throughout.

Wood floor laminates come in different width, colors, and styles. I would recommend you choose a medium to high-grade laminate and run it through your main living area, Eat-In Kitchen and Kitchen. Even stylish bathrooms have wood laminate flooring which are waterproof and more scratch-resistant than natural hardwood.

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Modern Style Kitchen Cabinetry

The kitchen today is still considered the “heart of the home” and has taken on greater importance than ever. With open plan living, the kitchen has become more of a focal point in interior design. It’s where we all gather and interact more than ever.

Oak cabinets have gone the way of the dinosaur. Enter in more sleek looking cabinets with shinny or glass fronts, white or bold colors, open shelving, and under-mount cabinet lighting. 

A functional kitchen today is divided up into small stations such as a food prep station, a cooking station, and a cleaning station. Interior designer, P. Allen gives some good tips in kitchen design. What makes the kitchen image above so visually appealing is the contrast between the redwood flooring against the blue base cabinets and the shiny white countertops and backsplash. The wood is carried up the walls by the open shelving.

Home Office

With so many advancements in technology, working remotely from home is a growing trend that shows no sign of slowing down. As such, the home office has quickly climbed to the top of home buyers lists. Video conferencing, live podcasts and more make having an attractive home office background a big plus.

Modern clean lines and uncluttered spaces are what many of us imagine the ideal home office looks like. The good news is, it’s not hard to achieve. Simple open shelving has replaced the old bulky filing cabinets. Soft colors are less distracting coupled with warm elements such as an area rug and a couple of soft chairs on the other side of the desk are inviting.

Even very small spaces can achieve this look and feel when you employ some creative thinking. Staging your home with creative nooks as home office spaces is a great way to generate home buyer interest when you’re ready to list your home for sale. Need some inspiration? Check out your local IKEA store which is set up as room displays even as small as 660 SF living quarters, each designed to inspire and get your creative juices flowing.

Laundry Room

Working with home buyers, one of the common features they are looking for is a dedicated laundry room. In fact, 91% of buyers place them at among the top “must have’s” in a home. 

Next year, expect to see home buyers lean more toward homes that offer a separate laundry room.  Although your laundry room doesn’t necessarily need to be large, having a closet and/or cabinets for storage is a big plus along with some shelving or hanging space and a sink. Keep it simple and make sure there’s plenty of lighting. Paint the walls and put in flooring.

A Clean, Dry Basement

Even an unfinished basement is a plus for new millennial homeowners. They like the storage and the potential of finishing it for greater living space down the road. Clean floors and lighting go a long way towards assuring the home buyer there’ll be no nasty surprises or big foundation issues lurking. Homebuyers will always choose the home that delivers the biggest peace of mind.

Open Plan

Considering how complicated and full of distractions all around us our daily lives have become is it any wonder that when at home, less is more? Fewer walls between us lead to more one on one interactions and transparency. The open plan concept also fits in with our desire to multi-task. You can see what your little ones are up to from the kitchen sink. Open plan and minimalist design has really taken off and remains a strong attraction for home buyers today. The fewer walls, clean lines, and large open areas is becoming the standard in today’s home design.

In terms of interior design, elements like artisanal light fixtures, industrial-looking hardware, and exposed rustic brick still have big appeal. Pendant lights over a kitchen island, wide plank flooring, and neutral grays are very popular. 


Storage space is a must-have on nearly every home buyer list. As we get older, we seem to accumulate more stuff along the way. 

Built-in shelving, pull out kitchen spice rack, drawers and pantry shelves are all pluses. No matter how large or small, every square inch counts. More tips are open shelving for towels in the bathroom and well-organized closet space.

Natural Features

There’s a growing trend towards more unique style homes that can incorporate natural accents such as exposed brick, reclaimed wood hearth, ceiling beams or shelving. Even polished concrete countertops and slate flooring are growing in popularity. 

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Bold Splashes of Color

While soft, muted greys are still very attractive, you add some splashes of color that really pop.  Consider a bold color for your front door, accent wall, and accessories like pillows. Colors such as Nightwatch is a highly rated color with many great shades leading to one bold dark aqua that looks great in a home office accent wall. Pantone announced their 2019 color of the year

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