10 Must-Have Items for New Homes

After the International Builders’ Show, Forbes asked some consumer experts what they thought the 10 “must-have” items are in the new American home. The list was published in Feburary and can be seen in full here.
With the economy being slow to rebound and many families looking to downsize their homes, the list compiled illustrates how views are changing when it comes to a home and its amenities. Many people are now looking for multi-use space, less “top of the line” details and more simple creature comforts.

So if you’re looking for a way to spruce up your home and keep it attractive to potential buyers, or just a project to get you more bang for your buck, think about these ten things:
1) Large Kitchens, With an Island
2) Energy-Efficient Appliances, High-Efficiency Insulation and High Window Efficiency
3) Home Office/Study
4) Main-Floor Master Suite
5) Outdoor Living Room
6) Ceiling Fans
7) Master Suite Soaker Tubs
8) Stone and Brick Exteriors
9) Community Landscaping, With Walking Paths and Playgrounds
10) Two-Car Garages
How does your home stack up? Things like adding ceiling fans are easy (albeit time consuming and generally a no-no when it comes to interior design), whereas changing the exterior materials of your home or adding a garage may not be very feasible in every situation.
Personally, I’m excited that main-level master bedrooms are listed, because that’s a choice we recently made in our home that felt a little risky. Let us know what you think of this list and what you’d add or subtract in the comments.

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