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Buyers Still Want Yards – Pools Not as Much

The pandemic-created love for outdoor spaces continues, though a survey of home designers found a drop in demand for pools, solar panels and smart home features.

WILMINGTON, Del. – The 2022 Home Design report by the remodeling platform Fixr surveyed 47 home designers, with 98% citing natural lighting as their clients’ most preferred home feature, followed by home offices (96%) and useable outdoor spaces (92%). Experts believe that natural lighting coincided with homeowners’ desire for more energy-efficient thermal insulation (86%) and HVAC systems (75%).

However, pandemic preferences such as swimming pools, solar panels and smart home features were cited by just 18%, 20%, and 43%, respectively.

“By creating a functional outdoor living space, you have more usable areas on your property to enjoy,” according to the report. “This can allow you to entertain, relax or exercise without having to go anywhere, increasing enjoyment in your home.”

The report also found that the average homeowner spends about $3,500 to transform their spare room into a desirable work-from-home space.

Other features preferred by homeowners include home security systems (76%), spare rooms (68%), privacy features including automatic blinds and fences (63%), and multi-use garages (42%).

Source: Inman (08/15/22) McPherson, Marian

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