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Apartment Amenities: What Renters Want

By: Kelly Leighton on in

More than one-third of renters report they are dissatisfied with the amenities in the current apartment.

However, they are not looking for flashy features, like a heated pool or a fancy CrossFit gym. All of the extra time at home in 2020 has led them to wanting a more comfortable lifestyle, a recent Apartment Guide survey of more than 3,000 people found.

With 34% of Americans renting, they do have the luxury of an easier move to a new property to access wanted features. The top feature renters want more of is storage space, said 31%. Sixteen percent said dishwashers, which was another popular most-wanted feature, especially among women, while another 16% said faster Wi-Fi, which is not surprising given how many more people are working remotely. Fifteen percent said parking, while other wanted popular amenities included central heat/air conditioning (11%) and in-unit laundry (11%).

Yet, people said they are willing to pay extra for a new living amenity, despite the challenging economic times the pandemic has brought. Nearly 40% of respondents said they would pay $100 or more for a new feature, with men twice as likely to be willing to pay $200 and up for one.

Renters also ranked their favorite current amenity their living space offers. Central heating and air conditioning was top at 33%, followed by in-unit washer and dryer at 23% and parking at 15%. Fast Wi-Fi (13%), a dishwasher (8%) and storage space (7%) were not as popular. Not surprisingly, considering more than 90% of respondents said that their dishwasher and storage spaces were not important to them.

What amenities renters are looking for?

Beyond the location and cost, what features do renters want the most? Zumper recently released a list of the top ten amenities renters want for when searching for a new place. The top wish? Air conditioning, according to searches. 

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