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These Are The Most Likely (And Unlikely) New Home Features For 2020

April 13, 2019

Categories: Buyers   Tags: Buyers   Curb Appeal   Home Inspection   Interior Design   New Construction   New Home   New Home Features for 2020  
These Are The Most Likely (And Unlikely) New Home Features For 2020

If you’re planning to buy a new home, you probably have a wish list of features. But how likely is it that you’ll find those features in a new build?

According to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders, some of the features you’re most likely to find in a new home in 2020—rated on a scale of 1 (not likely) to 5 (very likely)—include:

A walk-in closet in the master bedroom (4.9)
Low-e windows (4.8)
A separate laundry room (4.8)
Higher efficiency lighting (4.7)
A “Great Room”—combination of kitchen, family and living rooms (4.7)
Kitchen island (4.6)
Programmable thermostat (4.6)
Nine foot high ceilings on the first floor (4.6)
Energy Star appliances (4.6)
Two car garage (4.4)
Front porch (4.4)
Exterior lighting (4.3)
Separate area for toilet in master bathroom (4.2)
Water conserving toilets (4.2)
Bathroom linen closet (4.2)
Indoor fireplace (4.2)
Patio (4.2)
Walk-in pantry (4.2)
Energy Star windows (4.2)
Granite countertops in kitchen (4.2)

Some of the features you’re least likely to find in a new home build in 2020 include:

Cork flooring for living areas on the home’s main level (1.3)
A geothermal heat pump (1.4)
Solar water heating/electric system (1.4)
Two toilets in master bath (1.5)
Laminate countertops in kitchen (1.6)
Pet washing station (1.8)
Outdoor kitchen (2.1)
Carpeting in main living areas on main level (2.2)
Whirlpool in master bathroom (2.2)
Sunroom (2.2)
Media room (2.3)
Outdoor fireplace (2.3)
2-story family room (2.4)
2-story foyer (2.5)

The Takeaway:
So, what does this mean for you? If you’re shopping for a new home, understanding the features that are common to new builds (and the features that are not-so-common) can help you set more realistic expectations for your home search—which can make the entire process easier and less stressful.


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