Forget outdoor living space—ample windows are what home buyers really want.

By Jessica Bennett

August 14, 2020

When it comes to buying a home, the exterior is a major selling point. It provides that all-important first impression, and certain features can make the difference between love-at-first-sight and onto-the-next. And according to a recent study by, the one curb appeal component buyers covet the most is large, plentiful windows.

The company surveyed more than 5,000 U.S. adults about the importance that certain home features played in their home buying decisions. Beating out always-popular features like porches and patios, windows snagged the top slots, with just over 19% of respondents naming the size of windows as the most important exterior item they look for. As a close second, about 18% said the number of windows was a crucial factor. The presence of a porch or patio came next at 17%, followed by elements like roof shape and siding style.

It’s easy to guess why windows play such a large role in buyers’ opinion of a home. On the exterior, they help break up large areas of siding and create an attractive focal point. More windows also bring in natural light, which helps a space appear larger, a visual trick that’s especially useful in homes where square footage is tight. Windows also deliver pretty views of the neighborhood and surrounding nature, which adds more life to a room than a solid wall.

Given these survey results, playing up your windows could work to your advantage if you’re trying to sell your home. Besides embarking on a renovation to add more or enlarge windows, there are a few tricks you can use to accentuate this important feature. Consider painting your exterior trim white to highlight windows, or try painting your shutters a bright color to help draw attention. Emphasizing this element adds impressive curb appeal and could even help attract more buyers.

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