A modern kitchen is an important feature for many home-buyers.

5 functional house additions that make life better

Your home should be a bastion of relaxation, purposed to reduce stress, keep you safe and accommodate your every need. In the current seller's market, however, buyers may struggle to find exactly what they're looking for, settling for much less and eventually regretting it.

You'll most likely have a long list of what you want and need in your home. These are things that you shouldn't have to compromise on. After all, it can't be that difficult to find the perfect home, can it? CoreLogic RP Data has revealed that during the year ending July 2016, there were over 300,000 dwelling sales in Australia's eight capital cities. Narrow this down for your area during the time you want to buy and you may be looking at fewer than 1,000 properties to choose from, many of which may not be suitable.

With the help of a dedicated buyer's agent, slim pickings wont be a problem – their extensive experience and considerable market knowledge can help you find your diamond in the rough. Let's have a look at some exciting features you could have in your new property that will make coming home the best part of your day.

Entertainment rooms 

During the evenings, 34.3 per cent of Australians make use of their TV sets, as found by Oztam. Understandably so, too, as watching films, catching your favourite show or playing video games is a brilliant way to relax after a hard day in the real world. Additionally, a recent study by the University of Oklahoma revealed that watching high-quality television may have positive effects on your emotional intelligence and state of mind.

An excellent way to get the most relaxation possible out of your screen time is to have a purpose-built room in your home. Projectors and large screens are getting cheaper by the day, and buying a home with plenty of space will make having an entertainment room a possibility. Enlist the help of a buyer's agent and you could be sitting in front of a 100-inch HD projector screen watching Friends reruns in no time.

A brand new kitchen could be what you need to take your culinary skills to the next level.

Custom kitchens

Many people say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. If you've a fondness for food, or cooking (or both), a brand new kitchen could be what you need to take your culinary skills to the next level. Modern kitchens are all about functionality, helping you relax and enjoy creating 'masterpieces on a plate' for you and your friends or family.

A butler's pantry may just make this easier, providing an extra storage area for ingredients, reducing clutter in the kitchen. Australians obviously agree, as they recently ranked it the second most desirable feature a home can have according to a Real Estate Buyer's Agents Association (REBAA) survey. Include some other handy additions such as soft closing cabinets, or a foot pedal operated sink and your kitchen will be a breeze to cook in.

Open-plan lounges

Ranking number one in the REBAA survey was open-plan living rooms. Such a space can make your home feel roomier and more modern, making it a better place to relax and take a load off.

While open-plan lounges are becoming more and more common throughout Australia's homes, you may still struggle to find the perfect space for you and your family. Instead of spending an age searching for the perfect setup, seek help from a professional that knows the market and will be able to help you buy the right home no matter how niche your needs are.

It's essential that you have security measures in place at your new home.

Smart security

Feeling safe and sound at home home is key to your ability to enjoy downtime. There were over 9,000 burglaries nationwide last year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), so it's essential that you have security measures in place at your new home.

Smart locks are an effective and useful feature that will give you peace of mind knowing you and your family can sleep safe and sound every night. According to Gizmodo, some models can automatically alert the authorities if your locks are tampered with. Others give you the option to lock and unlock your home via a smartphone app – useful if you need to let cleaners or tradesmen in while you're at work. 

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Solar power

During winter, your power bills can be larger than expected, as costs from heating and long showers come back to haunt you. Having solar panels installed on your home, will minimise these costs, providing you and your family with sustainable zero-emission energy.

Roughly 1.54 million solar systems had been installed across the country as of June 2016.

Government energy saving data has revealed that roughly 1.54 million solar systems had been installed across the country as of June 2016. That means that under 17 per cent of households have solar power installed, according to the ABS – a statistic that could make finding a home featuring such technology extremely difficult.

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make so it's essential that you get exactly what you want out of your purchase. Let a Cohen Handler buyer's agent put their expertise to the task, to unearth that property gem you've been searching for.

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