Professional home stagers know that Millennials are now the largest group of home buyers. They also know that the generation tends to be impressed and drawn to different things than previous home buyers. Sellers need to trust the advice of stagers that take Millennial opinions into consideration.
Who Are Millennials?
Millennials are those born between 1980 and 1995. They are the largest generation. More importantly to our industry, they are also the largest generation of home buyers.
What Do Millennials Want In A Home?
Millennials are looking for homes that are in move-in condition. They tend to not want to move in and fix things up. This goes for everything. They don’t even want to have to replace carpeting. What’s more, they tend to not want carpet at all. They prefer hard surface flooring over carpeting. Millennials are just fine buying an older, smaller home, but they don’t want it to look like their grandparent’s homes. So, home stagers will often suggest removing all knick-knacks, replacing carpeting with a hard surface flooring like reclaimed wood, cork or bamboo.
As far as landscaping goes, they prefer low-maintenance landscaping. This is both because they lead busy lives and because they know that a lawn that needs frequent maintenance is probably not made of South Florida native plants and is probably not very eco-friendly. They prefer permaculture or raised bed gardens and xeriscaped lawns. Xeriscaping uses native, drought-resistant plants and arranges them in a way that saves water. They also tend to like flowers that many older generations considered weeds like milkweed because it feeds the butterflies.
Within the home, they are looking for green tech and energy-efficient appliances. Low flow showerheads? Yes, please! Thermometers that can be controlled by a mobile device or that can learn their behavior and adjust the temperature accordingly? Absolutely!
If you are selling a Marco Island home, your professional home stager might suggest that you replace fixtures, light bulbs, and even outlets. Yes, outlets! They now come with build in USB charging spots, and they are incredibly useful to Millennials.
They are absolutely willing to pay more for a home that suits their needs. Millennials are fully satisfied with homes under 2,000 square feet, provided they have outdoor living spaces and a more open floor plan.
If your home stager gives you advice about staging a home in Marco Island to attract Millennial buyers, take their advice!
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