If you want to stage your home for Millennial homebuyers, you should know this right off the bat: You might be advised to bring in all new, rented living room and dining room furniture. You might be told to sway out old fixtures for newer ones. Please don’t take offense to this, if your home appeals to the Millennial buyers in size and location, all of these changes will be so worth the extra effort, hassle, and expense.
Count on being told to remove virtually all of your knick-knacks. Unless there is something unique that is Instagram-able, Millennials will see most of your belongings as clutter. It will be hard for them to see themselves in your home. Family photos? Box them up now.
So, what about color changes? Millennials tend to want light colored walls and darker (non-carpeted floors). So, you might be advised to invest in a home upgrade of luxury vinyl plank flooring or a dark laminate. It should be worth the expense. Simply offering a carpet allowance won’t suffice for the most part, because Millennials tend to want their homes to be in move-in condition when they buy them. See, in Millennial families, both partners work hard and play hard. Taking the time to meet with a carpet installer, get a quote and meet again for the installation is a hassle they’d rather avoid.
Take a look at your window coverings. Are they older blinds or even heavy shades? Even in the best condition, those window coverings don’t appeal to Millennials. Now, if you have new, solar-powered, automatically adjusting blinds, Millennials will love them! While we’re talking about higher tech upgrades, don’t leave your old thermostat installed. Upgrade rather inexpensively. However, don’t think that a mere programmable thermostat will impress this crowd of homebuyers. They are looking for thermostats they can control from a mobile device when they aren’t home.
Speaking of energy savings, it might be worth the extra time to request an energy survey from LCEC. This will let you know what changes will help make your home more energy efficient and, while not technically a staging technique, it can greatly improve your home’s appeal to the Millennial homebuyers. Upgrade appliances to appliances with an impressive Energy Star rating, and Millennial homebuyers will notice. Remember though, white and black appliances are out and stainless is in.
As for outdoor changes to your home, Millennials are impressed with smart landscaping that can improve energy efficiency. Check out LCEC’s advice on energy-efficient landscaping techniques here. Also, keep in mind though, Millennials prefer low-maintenance, native species of plants in their landscapes.
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