Top 8 Things Homebuyers Look for in a property in 2024.

November 6, 2023

The reality is that buyers’ preferences have already changed and what was desired in 2023 might not make the cut in 2024.

As a homebuyer, you want to make sure that the property you purchase checks all the right boxes, whatever those are for you, because buying a home is a bit more complex than buying a new pair of shoes. A home is a long-term commitment and requires careful planning and consideration of all factors that will evidently influence your decision on what home to buy. And for landlords looking for homes to purchase for long-term rental, the same checks apply. 

From location to square footage, there are plenty of factors to consider. However, when it comes to the features that potential buyers are looking for in a property, some things stand out more than others! 

Here are the top 8 things that homebuyers are looking for in a property in 2024, based on recent trends and studies.

1. Garages with extra storage space

Storage space is always a good selling point, so it’s no surprise that homebuyers are looking for garages that offer extra storage space. This is especially true for families with children, who need a place to store sports equipment, bicycles, and other outdoor gear, or fitness enthusiasts who wish to make use of the extra garage space by renovating the one-half into their own personal home gym. 

Luckily for you, our Diepkloof homes all come with a double garage and more than enough storage space for sports equipment or that canoe you’ve been dying to take on the water but just never get the time for.

2. Open floor plan

Gone are the days of compartmentalised rooms and closed-off spaces. Today’s homebuyers are looking for open floor plans that allow for better flow and communication between rooms. Our Diepkloof homes all offer an open-floor kitchen plan that makes it easier to entertain guests, keep an eye on the children, and enjoy the natural light that flows throughout the space.

3. Home offices

With more people working remotely, having a dedicated home office is more important than ever. Buyers are looking for properties that offer a separate space for a home office, whether it’s a spare room, a converted attic or basement, or a small nook in a larger room. A dedicated home office can make it easier to focus on work and be more productive.

4. Pantry

A walk-in pantry is a dream come true for home cooks and foodies alike. It’s a place to store dry goods, canned goods, and other essentials, keeping them organised and easily accessible. A walk-in pantry can also help save space in the kitchen, allowing for more counter and cabinet space for other kitchen essentials.

5. Modern kitchens

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and homebuyers are looking for modern kitchens with all the latest amenities. This includes high-end appliances, plenty of counter space, and storage for pots, pans, and other kitchen tools. A modern kitchen can make meal prep and cooking easier and more enjoyable!

6. Outdoor patios

Outdoor living spaces are more important than ever, and now we’re entering into warmer weather, homebuyers are looking for properties that offer a private outdoor patio. This is a place to relax, entertain guests, and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. It can also add value to a property, making it more attractive to potential buyers in the future. Our Diepkloof homes come with a delightful backyard area with a built-in braai.

7. Energy efficiency

More homebuyers are increasingly concerned with energy efficiency and sustainability. They’re looking for properties that offer energy-efficient appliances, windows, and insulation, as well as other sustainable features like solar panels. These features can not only help reduce energy bills but also help reduce a property’s carbon footprint, contributing to a healthier environment… and conscience.

 8. Laminated flooring

Finally, homebuyers are looking for properties with laminated flooring. They are durable, easy to clean, and add warmth and character to a home. They are also versatile, and able to match a variety of different interior design styles. Not to mention the amount of fun children can have sliding around in their socks.

Are you ready to switch out the city for the coast?

From storage space to energy efficiency to modern kitchens, these features can make a property more attractive and valuable to potential buyers. Our developments offers residents a more modern way of life in the prestigious Garden Route. With an abundance of nature, wildlife and historic landmarks on offer, why wouldn’t you want to live in the Garden Route?

Our 2-3 Diepkloof homes are selling from R1.9m. Contact us today to arrange a viewing