Everyone has a preconceived notion of who the customers for their business will be. I did not think there would be much repeat business from our customers once they had completed the storage solutions for their homes. I could not have been more wrong. It’s a new day and time, and folks no longer stay in the same place.
Over the years, we have had customers move two, three, even four times, and they have called us with each move to outfit their new, (or new to them), homes. Certainly I would like to think that it’s the quality of our product and our service that brings them back; and of course, that’s partially true. It seems interesting to me, however, that when moving from home to home, our customers feel it important to replicate or improve their custom storage experience. Being the curious person I am, I started researching home sale and home buyer trends, and guess what I discovered? Organized storage is always among the top ten things people desire when looking for a new home.
In the article, “The 50 Features Homebuyers Want Most,” published in July 2017 by Probuilder.com, Katy Tomasulo posed the question to architects, builders, and other industry experts, “What do new home seekers want?” Of course, the current trends of open floor plans, downstairs masters, and tricked- out kitchens are among the responses. However, also included is organized storage as a primary feature that home-buyers desire.
Kiplinger published a slideshow article based on the National Association of Home Builders 2016 report, “Housing Preferences Among Generations.” The slideshow identifies the features most requested by home buyers across generations. A dedicated laundry room, and garage storage space are among the seven features that Kiplinger describes. When considering a renovation to enhance the sale-ability of your home, organized storage solutions are among those that bring the highest return on investment.
Jay McKenzie of newhomesource.com describes the features 2017 homebuyers most requested. Linen closets, smart storage, and garages with organized work and storage spaces are all in her top ten list!
The Most Popular Organized Storage Solutions Requested:
• Smart storage in the kitchen that divides the vast equipment and utensils into task-zones with plenty of out-of-sight storage
• Walk-in closets with organized storage for wardrobes
• Pantries dedicated to food and equipment storage with stations for tasks
• Floating bathroom vanities with drawers
• Convenient linen closets to accommodate linen and toiletry storage
• Drop zones for technology with lots of outlets
• Dedicated laundry/utility rooms in the living space of the house
• Garage work benches with slatwall, shelf, and pull-out storage for tools
• Extra storage cabinets in the garage to relieve home clutter
Return on Renovation Investment
According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 Cost Versus Value Report, there is an increase in return at resale on their tracked home improvement projects. An organized storage renovation would increase the value of your home and make it more likely to sell to today’s buyer. Contact Dream Closets today for your custom design and installation, whether it be for your kitchen, pantry, bathroom, laundry room, walk-in wardrobe, home office, media room, or garage. Until next time, live your best life!