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Moving up from second place in 2022, natural light is the No. 1 home feature in 2023. According to’s latest home features analysis, 97% of industry experts agree that natural light is either important or very important this year.

With a focus on functionality, usable outdoor space remains another important feature this year, followed by kitchen islands, both with 60% of experts saying the features are very important.

Laundry rooms rank No. 4 in top features for 2023, according to 94% of experts who say the feature is important or very important. Experts are seeing a trend of laundry rooms being placed elsewhere in the home other than basements or near kitchens.

Ranking No. 5 in top home features this year is an energy-efficient HVAC system. Due to remote work and rising energy costs, 81% of experts agree that an energy-efficient HVAC system is top of mind for homeowners this year.

A continuing trend that emerged during the pandemic, home offices remain a top feature in 2023, with 94% of experts believing the feature is important or very important.

Rising from a bottom trend in 2022, swimming pools rank highly among homeowners this year, according to industry experts. In 2022, experts marked swimming pools as unimportant, while in 2023 85% think the added feature is important or very important.

Extra storage or a spare bedroom were both considered very important by 50% of experts. The two features allow for flexibility and additional organization capabilities.

Seventy-five percent of experts say that solar panels also are highly popular this year, a 55% increase from last year. In addition, electric vehicle chargers are top of mind, with 67% believing the feature is important or very important.

Other top home features for 2023, according to industry experts, include:

  • Home security;
  • Smart home accessories;
  • Thermal insulation;
  • Natural disaster proofing; and
  • Electric appliances and HVAC.