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Photo: Breadmaker (Shutterstock) If you’re a homeowner, you’ve no doubt checked out your home’s estimated value on Zillow a time or two (or sixty). And while that dollar amount can paint a general picture of your home’s worth based on its square footage, number of bedrooms, tax records, and recent homes sales in your area, it can’t account for the relative impact of your design choices and the condition of key features in and around your house. Here are a few things you may not realize are bringing down the value of your home. Laminate countertops While laminate countertops may be popular (because they’re cheap), they look dated and are undesirable to most new home buyers. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), more than half of home buyers (57%) prefer granite or natural stone countertops, with another 21% seeking quartz or engineered stone. Only 8% were in the market for laminate countertops. Lack of storage space In that same NAHB report, home-storage was listed as one of the top 10 most-desired features. Ample closets, closed cabinets, shelving, attic space, unfinished basement rooms, and garage storage are all craved by a majority of homebuyers. Small (or no) kitchen pantry Walk-in pantries are a heavily desired feature, according to 83% of respondents to the NAHB survey . Thirty-two percent of respondents listed is as essential/must-have, while 51% listed it as desirable, making it the most wanted kitchen feature (just edging out a side-by-side sink and table space for […]