Tips for Alleviating Stress at All Price Points
Most home buyers are looking for respite in a haven from everyday stress. The good news is not all stress-free homes have to be multimillion-dollar properties. Here are some of the stress-reducing designs and products being showcased in homes across the country.
Natural light, plus dimmers. People always gravitate to the bright, sunny spaces in a home. So, anything you can to do enhance natural light is popular. Lights with dimmers can also help reduce harshness, especially in bedrooms, for a more relaxing ambiance.
Automated shades. Shades programed to open at sunrise can be a calming way to wake up without an alarm. In addition to setting times, homeowners can pair smart shades with a digital thermostat, so they automatically open and close based on temperature.
A water feature. A simple fountain in a sun porch or patio can do wonders.
Pet centers. Many buyers are seeking pet-friendly abodes, so features such as cabinets with pullout drawers for dog food goes a long way. Some want a dog washing station or a room for the pet itself. Electronic doggie doors have also become popular, where the dog has a collar that automatically opens the door to go inside or out.
Nature’s beauty. The ability to see flowers or greenery outside your windows—even in a big city—helps create peacefulness. Plant green rows of bamboo or cypress outside the main windows, or even artificial flowers in flower boxes.
Covered outdoor living space. You don’t have to cancel your plans if it rains when you have a covered outdoor area. Plus, coffee on the patio can still happen on rainy mornings. A pergola cover or easy-to-assemble patio gazebo are cost-effective ways to accomplish this.
Work-in pantry. Taking the walk-in pantry to the next level, some buyers want a prep area, sink, dishwasher, and sometimes an oven in what’s dubbed the “work-in” pantry. This eliminates guests seeing any mess while keeping the heart of the gathering in the kitchen.
Relaxing sounds and white noise. Install speakers in master bedrooms and bathrooms, allowing for the sounds of waterfalls, forests, or whatever keeps the homeowners tranquil. For existing homes without built-in speakers, try a Google Home or Amazon Echo—relaxing sounds at open houses may even entice buyers.
Shipping vestibule. This involves a door or cupboard that opens for delivery people. They can leave the package behind the door without entering the house. You don’t have to be home when the delivery is dropped off, and locks can be used from your smartphone to avoid theft.
Dual owner suites. This newer building plan includes two suites on the main floor that can be used for older couples who don’t sleep in the same bed, multigenerational households, boomerang kids, friends who have purchased together, or live-in caregivers.