If you’re planning to buy a new home, you probably have a wish list of features. But how likely is it that you’ll find those features in a new build?

According to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders, some of the features you’re most likely to find in a new home in 2020—rated on a scale of 1 (not likely) to 5 (very likely)—include:

  • A walk-in closet in the master bedroom (4.9)
  • Low-e windows (4.8)
  • A separate laundry room (4.8)
  • Higher efficiency lighting (4.7)
  • A “Great Room”—combination of kitchen, family and living rooms (4.7)
  • Kitchen island (4.6)
  • Programmable thermostat (4.6)
  • Nine foot high ceilings on the first floor (4.6)
  • Energy Star appliances (4.6)
  • Two car garage (4.4)
  • Front porch (4.4)
  • Exterior lighting (4.3)
  • Separate area for toilet in master bathroom (4.2)
  • Water conserving toilets (4.2)
  • Bathroom linen closet (4.2)
  • Indoor fireplace (4.2)
  • Patio (4.2)
  • Walk-in pantry (4.2)
  • Energy Star windows (4.2)
  • Granite countertops in kitchen (4.2)

The Takeaway:

So, what does this mean for you? If you’re shopping for a new home, understanding the features that are common to new builds (and the features that are not-so-common) can help you set more realistic expectations for your home search—which can make the entire process easier and less stressful.