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8 Popular Home Design Features for 2022

There’s a lot to consider when selling your home, from the market and appraisals to where you’ll go next. Don’t forget, however, that design is also a key factor. It’s often one of the first things buyers notice when they walk into a home.

Updating your home design is one way to do that. Changes like eco-friendly fixtures or upgraded siding can add value to your home now and be highlighted when you market it for sale later. To get the most out of your updates, focus on these popular home design features that will wow buyers in 2022.

Keep in mind, not all of these will work well in every house. If you plan to buy, list, or renovate your property, give us a call. We can help you realize your vision and maximize the impact of your investment.

Eco-Friendly Fixtures

Millennials account for the largest share of current homebuyers, and sustainable living tops their list of priorities. Consider how you can leverage eco-friendly design features, like energy-efficient windows, low-flow water fixtures, and native landscaping to save on utility bills now and attract this coveted demographic when it comes time to sell.

Wellness Retreat Nooks

At-home wellness amenities, which were once viewed as luxuries, are now on many homeowners’ must-have lists. Enhancements like reading nooks, spa-inspired bathrooms, and exercise/meditation spaces can improve your current quality of life while adding value to your home. If you don’t have the space to section off an entire room for relaxation, consider simple tweaks, like letting in more natural light and adding air purifiers or indoor plants.

Calming Paint Colours

Soft earth tones and natural hues will prevail in 2022, especially shades of blue, green, brown, and beige. But choosing the right shade is essential. A survey of American homebuyers found that a certain paint colour was able to increase a home’s value by 1.6%. If we Canadians see even a 1% increase, that’s $7,208 more for the average home priced at $720,850.

Outdoor Living Updates

As interiors become more productive, many Canadians are looking to the outdoors for a break. HGTV predicts the “exterior living room” trend will continue in 2022, so making outdoor upgrades in the spring when the ground thaws could reap serious benefits. Whether your exterior square footage looks like a balcony, small patio, or expansive yard, it only takes some imagination and effort to turn it into a comforting oasis.

Designated Work Spaces

Today, 80 percent of new teleworkers in Canada want to work at least half of their hours from home. If you don’t already have one, you can turn a bedroom or a den into an attractive and functional work-from-home space by positioning a desk near a window, installing shelves, and hanging a bulletin board. When you get ready to sell, we can help you highlight this coveted feature.

Luxury Kitchen Retouches

In 2022, buyers want a kitchen with upgrades and retouches, but you don’t have to renovate the entire room to make an impact. Take your kitchen from dated to modern by painting cabinets and walls in one of today’s popular calming colours. And by updating the hardware and light fixtures, you can add a fresh look without a big investment.

Unique Accent Walls

Eye-catching accent walls are gaining in popularity. To incorporate this trend, paint a single wall black or a jewel tone, hang textured wallpaper, or install built-in shelves. But if you’re planning to sell in the next year, talk to us first. Depending on your target buyer, it may be a design feature that actually hurts your home’s value.

Exterior Siding Updates

An exterior siding refresh can make an old home feel entirely new and have a big impact on its resale value. The average cost for new siding ranges from $4.80 - $51.60 per square foot. When choosing your material, consider that vinyl doesn’t fade, is easy to maintain, and comes in many colour options.

Keep These Home Design Features on Your Radar in 2022

You don’t need to make all these changes to attract buyers. We can help you determine which design features are worthwhile by sharing insights and tips on how to maximize the return on your investment. We can also run a Comparative Market Analysis on your home to find out how it compares to others in the area, which will help us decide what changes need to be made. Contact us to schedule a free consultation!

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