What Men Want in a New Home
Men and women may agree that there is no place like home, but when it comes to choosing a new home, they don't always see eye-to-eye on what matters most.
Research shows that overall, men and women look at homes in totally different ways: women tend to consider the emotional aspects of a house, while men are included to think of their homes as an extension of their personalities and hobbies. Home sellers should keep this and other key points about what men want in mind when they have their home on the market, and when they are staging their home for showing.
"It's also important for sellers to realize that although there are key differences in what features of a home matter most to men and women, there are also plenty of areas where there priorities overlap," Grace Robideaux, agent with Century 21 Bessette said. "A big mistake many home sellers make is using stereotypical gender thinking when it comes to targeting potential home buyers. Men care about open floor plans and extra storage spaces too, for example. They aren't just worried about the roof and the central air unit. It's important for sellers to be aware of what matters to males and not leave them out of critical discussions related to these features. Doing so could mean missing out on a sale."
Key Home-Shopping Differences Between the Sexes
Robideaux says couples shopping for a home should discuss the things that at the top of their individual "must-have" lists before they start looking. "This will give you the chance to recognize the differences and the similarities between the two lists, and identify areas of compromise before you start looking at homes. This will save you a lot of time – and frustration – throughout the process."
For more information about selling a home, call CENTURY 21 Bessette at 474-2185 or visit www.century21-bessette.com.
Top 10 features men look for in a home: