What to Kick to the Curb Before You Sell Your Southern Maryland Home

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on June 20, 2018

If you’ve chosen the right listing agent, he or she will determine the most likely buyer for your Southern Maryland home and then laser focus all advertising and marketing to that pool of buyers.

Agents use various studies of what different types are buyers are seeking in a home to help them figure out which of your home’s features will attract those buyers. Now, there’s one more survey to add to the arsenal, and it was published at builderonline.com.

Overall, this survey reported, if your home offers better energy efficiency than the competition, you can expect it to be popular with potential buyers. Other turn ons for buyers include floor plans that can be personalized and a home that is easy to maintain.

In fact, these features are all more in demands among buyers than a home with the latest technology, according to the survey.

Interior features that repel homebuyers

When asked what they dislike most about their current homes, most homebuyers report that outdated features drive them nuts. In fact, these are the most common features they are fleeing:

  • Linoleum floors
  • Popcorn ceilings
  • Wood paneling
  • Ceramic tile countertops in the kitchen
  • Shag carpet
  • Avocado green appliances

You may love that wallpaper you put up in 1988, but believe me, buyers will hate it. The same goes for the “gold” bathroom faucets or those with plastic faux crystal handles.

Features buyers love

Wood flooring is still the overwhelming favorite among buyers, with 65 percent of those surveyed showing a preference for it. Internet connectivity (ethernet and USB ports) came in second, with 44 percent of respondents.

Surprisingly, 56 percent said they were willing to give up square footage in a home if it meant having a larger yard. And, across all demographics, the most important exterior feature of a home is “distance from neighboring homes.”

Here is what the different generations prefer in home features:


  • Whirlpool tub
  • Home theater
  • Wine refrigerator or cellar
  • Dining room
  • Darker, richer wall color

Gen Xers

If you have a larger home in the Southern Maryland suburbs, members of this cohort may be your buyer. Gen X homebuyers are seeking:

  • A detached single-family house
  • A home with lots of square footage (the average, according to study respondents, is 2,315 square feet)
  • A single-level home, or one with the master bedroom on ground level
  • A home near trails or other amenities to help them keep fit

Baby boomers

  • A home with 2,000 to 2,999 square feet of living space
  • Planned community with amenities and a resort-like vibe
  • A community with a diverse age range, or “stroller-to-walker,” Tammy Barry, director of marketing for a marina resort master-planned community near Chicago tells newhomesource.com’s Camilla McLaughlin.
  • Boomers seek low-maintenance homes with large rooms and plenty of storage

Even Southern Maryland homeowners on tight budgets can make minor changes to the home to attract more interest. Small changes, such as changing outdated kitchen and bathroom faucets, buying new panels for the front of your appliances, and replacing dated flooring with something attractive yet inexpensive can make a world of difference.

Accokeek MD Homes for Sale and Real Estate Services in Southern Maryland. You now have a search engine to help you with your Southern Maryland home search! And I’m ready to provide you with a custom home valuation if you’re considering selling your home. Let’s connect to discuss how I can help you. Contact Kimberly Bean at 301-440-1309

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