Are you considering selling your DFW home or investing in a Texas property that you plan on flipping? Our real estate agents strive to identify the burgeoning trends that homebuyers seek in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. Among the many home improvements that sellers complete to increase their home value, we want to highlight seven specific exterior home features that buyers instantly fall in love with.
- Versatile Outdoor Space
Dallas is a fantastic place to live, particularly because our range of seasons keep us pretty comfortable all year long. With such wonderful weather, it's no surprise that homebuyers want versatile outdoor space. From covered patios to open areas for grilling, entertaining, or warming up around a fire pit, these families are looking for a convenient, comfortable way to enjoy their outdoor living space.
- Exterior Lighting
You may be surprised how important proper exterior lighting is to home buyers; more than 90 percent desire it! We're not just talking about a simple porch light either — homebuyers want to showcase their exteriors in dazzling ways. Landscape lighting works wonders on a home, impacting everything from appearance and functionality, to home security and personal safety. A well-lit exterior illuminates pathways and keeps tripping hazards to a minimum. It also enables the homeowner to use their outdoor spaces long after the sun has set. With such an importance placed on daytime curb appeal, it makes sense that homebuyers want the added nighttime curb appeal that exterior lighting provides.
- Smart Security
Smart tech surrounds us, and if you're paying attention to homebuying trends, you know that these devices are being integrated into and around the house. One of the most popular smart security devices is a video doorbell that enables homeowners to monitor and record activity on their doorsteps from their mobile device. Here's an idea for those who want to maximize their investments — invest in a smart security system that includes exterior lighting. These lights are triggered by motion sensors, which provide added security in the areas you need it while cutting down on energy usage when the lights aren't in use.
- Energy Efficient Windows
Smart appliances are quickly moving into every kitchen, living room, and laundry room, and homebuyers are also expecting these energy-efficient technologies to be featured around the exterior. Energy Star-qualified windows can reduce the cost of heating and cooling a home by more than 10 percent. The gas window panes significantly limit the heat gained and lost in the home. We've got hot summers and chilly winters in the DFW — homebuyers are definitely placing energy efficient windows high on their list.
- Solar Panels
Energy bills can never be too low, which is why many homebuyers seek out houses that have solar panels installed on their roofs. These features encourage fast home sales, and there is a growing number of homeowners who choose to install solar panels after they purchase and remodel their homes. Our bright and beautiful Texas sun will provide plenty of solar energy and help homebuyers melt their A/C bills.
- In-Ground Pool
Speaking of the Texas heat, many homebuyers keep their eyes open for homes that include a built-in swimming pool. Community pools are acceptable but families love the convenience and privacy of their own swimming space right in their backyard.
- Tennis Court
Another amenity that some homebuyers love is their own private tennis court. In fact, they're one of the top ten indoor and outdoor home features that increase home values. Though not every family desires an outdoor sports area, tennis lovers will jump on the chance to have their own court.