One of the benefits of renting is the availability of amenities. When looking for an apartment or a house, expect to see everything from hardwood floors to movie theaters to on-site spas. There are so many different types of amenities and features that you may become perplexed. What exactly do you require? Would you use a fitness center on-site? That rooftop deck may look amazing, but are the extra costs worth it?
When considering your options, it’s a good idea to distinguish between what you need and what you want. Filtering your property search by the amenities you require can help narrow your options. But first, let’s look at what renters said were the best amenities in a house.
Amenities in a property refer to the features and facilities that are available to the residents or guests. These features enhance the quality of life and add value to the property. The types of amenities can vary greatly depending on the type of property, but some common examples include:
Best amenities in a property to enjoy
Move over, carpet. A new floor has opened in town. Okay, not exactly, but for many renters, wall-to-wall carpeting has lost some of its allure especially if it’s a property in the latest housing schemes like the smart city of Lahore. Wall-to-wall carpeting first appeared on our floors in the 1930s, peaking in popularity in the 1960s with the popularity of shag carpet. Today, only 16% of renters prefer carpet, according to a survey. What do the majority of renters want in their apartments? Hardwood! It was a strong 70 percent.
When asked whether they preferred electric or gas stoves, renters were more evenly divided. The majority, 45 percent, preferred gas, while 37 percent preferred electric. The remainder either had no preference (14%) or chose induction (4 percent).
Air conditioning is the winner of Best Apartment Amenity! A whopping 95% of those polled said they would not rent an apartment that did not have central air conditioning. This is an increase of one percentage point from 2017 when 94 percent thought central air was the best overall amenity.
Here’s an intriguing pattern: 51% of renters said they wanted an apartment with an internet-connected refrigerator. All of the following amenities are preferred over a smart fridge:
- The fireplace (43 percent)
- Virtual personal assistants (43 percent)
- Washer and dryer stacked (47 percent)
- A completely furnished apartment (21 percent)
House amenities vs House necessities
Which amenities were deemed essential? Unsurprisingly, central air conditioning received the highest percentage of responses (74%). Renters also considered a dishwasher (63%) and garbage disposal (56%) to be necessities. A washer/dryer in the unit (55 percent), high-speed internet access (48 percent), and a microwave oven rounded out the top necessities list (47 percent).
What recent events have changed renters’ perceptions of essential apartment amenities? Surprisingly, spending more time at home hasn’t changed much. At real estate marketplace portals, it was discovered that “in-unit washer/dryer” was the most popular filter in 2019, and this is still the case today (21 percent and 20 percent, respectively). Dog-friendly remained at 13%, with air conditioning rounding out the top three at 11%.
Future trends in house amenities
So, what are the upcoming property amenities? Yes, you guessed it! (Or perhaps not.) The amenity of the future is movable walls. For instance, apartment spaces will allow you to use rooms in a variety of ways. Like the dining table could be stored and hidden, only to be retrieved when needed.
Your future apartment will not only be adaptable but also intelligent. Apartments could include everything from smart bulbs that you can turn on before you get home to a refrigerator that alerts you when an item is about to expire. Future apartment communities may also be more relaxing, with more green space and on-site yoga studios.
If a swimming pool or a fireplace is on your list of must-have amenities, keep in mind that you will only be able to use these features for a limited time.
What are the seasonal amenities?
If a swimming pool or a fireplace is on your list of must-have amenities, keep in mind that you will only be able to use these features for a limited time. While having a pool may seem like a great idea in July when looking for a property, you may discover that having a pool isn’t a huge plus in the middle of January (unless you are renting a property in Karachi). Picnic areas may also appear appealing, but how often do you want to eat outside? You are unlikely to use these outdoor spaces when it is extremely hot or cold.
Other seasonal amenities might surprise you
Now that you have a better understanding of apartment amenities and how other renters perceive them, it’s time to decide what features you must have in your next apartment. Make a list of everything. Separate your list into two parts: Wants and must-haves. Put the amenities that you can’t live without in the must-have section, such as air conditioning, pet-friendly amenities, a fitness center, or a swimming pool.
Amenities in a property refer to the extra features and facilities that are provided to residents or guests to enhance their quality of life. These can include things such as a swimming pool, gym, lounge areas, laundry facilities, parking, security, storage, green spaces, Wi-Fi, pet-friendly options, playgrounds, community events, and business centers. Amenities play a crucial role in attracting potential residents or guests and can greatly impact their overall satisfaction with the property. The types of amenities offered will vary depending on the type of property and the target demographic, but they can greatly enhance the value of the property.