NEW YORK – Couples bicker when trying to decide on a home to buy, and they usually need to compromise along the path to finding a listing they can both accept. In some cases, Realtors find that they’re playing the role of mediator in an intra-family dispute.
Nearly one in four homeowners said their current home doesn’t have all the features their partner considered important, according to a survey of more than 980 homeowners by Porch.com, a home remodeling website.
So what features inspire the most spats during a house hunt? Wood-burning fireplaces, in-ground pools and hardwood flooring top the list, according to the survey. With a pool, for example, couples may not see eye-to-eye on whether the joy of having a private swimming pool is worth the ongoing maintenance costs and upkeep.
“Not all features are bound to cause a struggle though,” Porch.com’s study notes. “Couples were often quick to agree on energy-efficient appliances, newly renovated bedrooms and freshly upgraded bathrooms.”
Still, 49% of couples said housing hunting strained their relationship.
Top 5 features couples disagreed on:
- Wood-burning fireplace
- In-ground pool
- Hardwood flooring
- Outdoor bar or barbecue area
- Finished garage
Top 5 features couples agree on:
- Energy-efficient appliances
- Newly renovated bedrooms
- Newly renovated bathrooms
- Installed security system
- Finished basement
SOURCE: “Homeowners’ Most Wanted,” Porch.com (2020)