A nationwide survey by Erie Insurance polled homeowners to find out which features they wished their homes had and which they wish they had gone without. Before you worry that homeownership brings nothing but worry and regret, it is important to note that 53% of the people surveyed are happy and content with their homes. You may be preparing to build or buy a new home. If so, the results of this survey may give you food for thought as you ponder which features are must-haves in your new home.
11. Yes: Walk-In Pantry
The survey found that 30.2% of the homeowners they polled wished their home contained a walk-in pantry. It is easy to see why so many people would want to have this luxury space in their homes. A walk-in pantry allows you to store away your kitchen goods behind just one door. Then, when you need canned or dried goods, you can simply step inside to survey your options. If you are a homeowner currently suffering from pantry envy, you may want to consider beefing up your kitchen storage space with a kitchen pantry armoire.
10. No: Hardwood Floors
The Erie Insurance survey found that 9.2% of homeowners with hardwood floors are dissatisfied with this choice. Hardwood floors have a timeless beauty and have been popular floor surfaces for many generations. Drawbacks to hardwood floors may be cold feet in the winter if you live in a chilly climate. Hardwood floors are also susceptible to scratches if you are not careful when moving furniture. Furthermore, running in socks on a slippery wooden floor can result in falls.
9. Yes: Granite Countertops
Granite countertops can be a beautiful addition to your kitchen. CounterTop Guides lists the timeless beauty, strength, and resistance to wear and tear as reasons many consumers love using this natural stone in their kitchens. Granite countertops come in a variety of colors, including shades of beige, black, white, cream, red, blue, green, and gray. Furthermore, granite countertops are resistant to heat and can safely be used in kitchens where hot stoves, sizzling pans, and bubbling pots are used.
8. No: Granite Countertops
You read that right. Yes, 17.8% of the surveyed homeowners who don’t own granite countertops wish they did. However, 7.8% of homeowners who do have these countertops wish they had chosen something else. Granite countertops are beautiful and sturdy, but they are not without their problems. First of all, these countertops can be very expensive. Secondly, Granite Gold points out that it is necessary to seal these countertops twice each year. If your countertops are not properly sealed, they are susceptible to leaks and stains.
7. Yes: Kitchen Island
Some homeowners, around 17%, without a kitchen island, wished they had one. Kitchen islands provide for my counter space when chopping veggies, mixing dough, or rolling out cookies. They also can provide extra cabinet space for storing pots, pans, and kitchen utensils. Add a few stools, and your kitchen island can double as an extra eating area. This can be a great spot for kids to sit and chat with Mom after school while enjoying a snack or watching her make dinner.
6. No: Stainless Steel Appliances
Around 8% of homeowners with stainless steel appliances regret them. This may have something to do with the difficulty in cleaning fingerprints from the surfaces of these appliances. Consumer Reports recommends a three-step procedure for cleaning your stainless steel appliances. First, clean your appliance with a soft cloth and a mixture of water and a mild dishwashing liquid. Wipe the surface dry, rinse with water, and dry a second time. Second, wipe away remaining fingerprints with glass cleaner you have applied to a cloth. Third, remove hardened gunk with a mixture of baking soda and water.
5. Yes: Tankless Water Heater
Erie Insurance reports 16.4% of homeowners wish they had purchased a tankless water heater. According to Petro Home Services, tankless water heaters save homeowners money over time. Tankless water heaters also have a longer lifespan than traditional water heaters. Many tankless water heaters last as long as 20 or 30 years. Furthermore, these water heaters are smaller than traditional ones and take up much less space.
4. No: Fireplace
You may relish the thought of curling up in front of a roaring fire on a chilly day with a mug of cocoa. If so, a fireplace may be the perfect addition to your home. However, Erie Insurance found that about 7% of homeowners with fireplaces regretted them. Perhaps the upkeep of this feature seems daunting to them. Fireplaces Plus recommends cleaning the interior of your fireplace on a regular basis. Additionally, homeowners should schedule a yearly professional inspection and maintenance to prepare their fireplace for the winter.
3. Yes: Finished Basement
Sadly, 16.2% of homeowners find themselves longing for a finished basement. This is understandable, as a finished basement provides extra space for a family to spread out. Many of today’s homes have an open concept style of living space on the main floor. This means there are not a lot of places family members can go to close the door and be away from the noise and chaos of others. A finished basement hideout can be the perfect spot for teens to watch noisy movies, Dad to hibernate in his man cave, or younger children to jump and play.
2. No: Deck
A deck is an attractive addition to a home. It provides a place for outdoor grilling, eating, and entertaining. However, 7% of homeowners with decks would rather they had skipped this feature. Perhaps this is due to the upkeep required to keep a deck protected against the elements and looking beautiful. Bob Vila recommends thoroughly cleaning your deck once a year and inspecting it in order to repair damage or splinters. In addition to yearly cleaning, be sure to sweep away debris and pooled water as they gather.
1. The Takeaway
Truth be told, all that really matters is you how you yourself feel about your home. This survey may give you ideas to ponder when planning for a new home purchase. On the other hand, it may just serve to remind you that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Before you covet your neighbor’s shiny stainless steel fridge or beautiful wooden deck, take note that those features may be fabulous. However, they may also have hidden issues. Embrace the place that you call home and make it a great place to live life.Related: 15 Household Objects You Should Be Cleaning on a Monthly Basis