What are house hunters looking for?

House hunting

When it comes to buying a home in Victoria, we are really spoilt for choice. From beautiful beachside abodes, country cottages, urban apartments and everything in between, the property options and their lifestyle benefits are endless. But, when it is time to list your home for sale, how can you ensure that your property is going to attract our local buyers’ attention? 

If you’re a homeowner looking to update your home before you put it on the market, or are in the house flipping and property development game, there are a few key features that our local buyers are looking for that you may want to consider before putting your property on the market. The more buyers attracted to your property, the better! So take a peep below to see a list of property features that house hunters are looking for.

Natural light

Not every home can have a highly sought Northern aspect, but properties that are filled with light from large windows, skylights and open spaces are just as in demand. So, forget about having to have the million-dollar views or visibility of the city skyline, just let there be light!

Multiple living zones

Whilst open plan living use to be the be-all and end-all for house hunters, buyers are now favouring homes that have a seamless flow throughout, with multiple living zones. For buyers with children, having multiple living spaces can ensure that there is room to grow, and different spaces for family members to enjoy. 

Nothing over renovated

It is normal for homeowners to make small tweaks to their home to ensure it's looking fresh and well-presented before putting it on the market, but what buyers do not want to see is a property that has been renovated to the extreme. Rather than updating your home to a point where it is almost fully renovated, or in a style that is too aligned with your own taste can be off-putting. Buyers do not want to think about putting money into a property to complete or redo renovation work, so stick to small adjustments and allow your home to be presented in a way that encourages buyers to see its potential.

High quality finishes

For many buyers, seeing finishes that are not up-to-par throughout the property can be disconcerting. If you are making changes to your home before it goes on the market, think simple, clean and good-looking when it comes to its final finish. It doesn’t need to be flash, but it needs to be finished with no corners cut.   

Solar Panels

Homeowners are becoming more environmentally conscious, so finding properties that already have solar panels installed is a big bonus. If your property has solar panels, it may be a good feature to highlight when you take the property to market. 

Practicality vs. Luxury

If you are thinking about updating your home with the latest trend setting tiles, tapware, flooring, benchtops and more before putting it up for sale, maybe think again. Rather than seeking the latest trends, buyers are looking for properties that showcase practicality. Simple cosmetic updates to a home to make it modern can be easily competed by the new homeowner, but, having to spend money making changes to impractical elements of a home such as having too many closed off rooms, not enough natural light, and a disjointed layout, is more worrisome and expensive for potential buyers to change.

Pool adorned backyards

Homes with a pool are highly sought by Aussie buyers. Pools can be accessed by family members at any time and are perfect for families who don’t want to travel to the beach to enjoy spending time in the water. They are also a great feature for house hunters who enjoy entertaining outdoors in the warmer months. So, if you’re planning on putting your home on the market and have a pool, that is highly advantageous.  


This may seem like a simple feature for people to seek out when house hunting, but its importance to many house hunters cannot be overlooked. Garages are a very practical feature for any property, and they also allow for additional storage space, so having a garage on your property is a great bonus.

Natural light
Multiple living zones