It's no surprise that the year-long shift to staying at home has changed the things that homeowners value in their houses. What today's buyers are looking to upgrade as they shop for a new home has really changed because of this, and has changed which homes get swept up sooner when they hit the market. So if you're looking to put some new life into your home, see below for today's top investments (which you won't regret whether you sell or stay!).

#1: Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor spaces has been one of the biggest motivators for post-pandemic homebuyers. According to a recent survey by HomeLight, a referral service which surveyed over a thousand of agents across the nation, by far the number one desired upgrade were fire pits. Next came privacy-creating landscaping, outdoor kitchens and shaded spaces. With sparse Chicago outdoor dining options and a work-from-home atmosphere, Chicago area homebuyers have been focusing their eyes on the suburbs and building their own private outdoor entertainment spaces. 

#2: Kitchen Spaces

With kitchens becoming the home's new hub for entertaining moving into 2021, it's no surprise that entertaining elements are the most desirable when it comes to what homebuyers want in a kitchen today. Islands are number one on the list, with walk-in pantries and more cabinets. Good-looking kitchens were also very important, with pretty backsplashes and smart appliances ranking very desirable as well.

#3 Bathroom Amenities

Is it more at-home time together that's sparking the bigger and better bathroom trend? Maybe. But small, utility bathrooms are definitely becoming a thing of the past as homebuyers are focusing on bigger, spacious, and spa-like bathrooms in their home searches. The double-sink is the number-one bathroom item that 2021 home buyers want, according to the survey. They're also excited about fancier shower heads, such as dual or rain showers, as well as perks like heated flooring. 

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