Nearly 65 percent of new single-family homes built in the U.S. in 2018 had porches, according to data from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and the U.S. Census Bureau.
In what part of the country were porches most common? In the East South Central.
Ninety-four percent of single-family homes built in the East South Central division, which includes Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Alabama, were built with porches. Seventy-four percent of newly-built homes in the Mountain division (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming) had porches. In the Pacific division, which includes California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Alaska, porches were built in 70 percent of homes.
Long story short: Homebuyers want outdoor spaces, and a porch can be a homerun for your flip. Really, who doesn’t love a good porch?
Homebuyers, whether retired or still in the workforce, will appreciate the luxuries that your porch offers. Porches invite homeowners to take a seat, take a breath, and appreciate their surroundings. They provide a space for them to kick off their shoes and perhaps rock themselves into relaxation in a rocker, or lounge on a swing. On weekends porches are the place for morning coffee, and during the evening a retreat to listen to the rhythm of the insects. During the hot summer months ceiling fans can keep homeowners cool, and screens will keep the bugs out.
You may wonder: Which type of porch was most commonly built in 2018?
Of single-family homes built during that year, porches were most common in the front of the house, instead of on the side or rear. Among homes that did have side or rear porches those porches tended to be larger than front porches, and averaged 150 square feet. Front porches averaged 90 square feet.
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