When putting your home on the market, appealing to potential buyers – any buyers – is of utmost importance. Presenting your home in a way that shows it has been well-cared for and updated over the years are things that anyone walking through will notice. Fresh paint, new countertops, or updated flooring are things a buyer of any age can appreciate. There are, however, things that can be done to appeal to a younger generation in particular, those in Generation Y (aka Millennials).
According to Consumer Reports, Generation Y now comprises the largest group of homebuyers. For many of them, it’s their first experience with buying a home. Appealing to their tastes and sensibilities may mean you are able to sell your house more quickly and at the price you want.
The most important space in the home for any buyer is the kitchen. It truly is the heart of the home, and as such it can make or break a potential sale. Generation Y has come to expect certain amenities in this space: stone countertops, stainless or dark-colored appliances, and an open floor plan to other areas of the home. With a younger generation also come expectations in a different area: technology. There is value placed on “smart” kitchens now, as 2 out of 3 Millennials believe that “smart home” technology is a good investment.
This doesn’t necessarily mean putting in refrigerators that know their own contents or the ability to control appliances with voice commands. A simple way to update the technology side of your kitchen is through adding charging stations. Between phones, tablets, computers, etc. having a dedicated spot for charging these devices is almost a necessity. This could be a special charging drawer or even an installation in the countertop itself. Which ties into another great feature for “smart” kitchens: specialized storage spaces. Built-in spice racks, pull-out storage for pots and pans, and creative corner solutions are all simple and fairly inexpensive ways to improve an existing space.
If you are looking to upgrade your appliances, induction cooktops are the way to go. They provide a faster way to cook than a traditional cooktop and heat up food quickly and evenly. And while not exactly an appliance, adding a Galley Workstation isn’t exactly something a potential buyer would find in just any home; it would definitely make your own space stand out!
Of course, these improvements aren’t just for those looking to sell. Any of these home improvements would provide major benefits to its current resident: you! Is there an area in your kitchen that could work as a charging station? Which cabinets really need help in the organizing department? Does the ease and speed of an induction cooktop appeal to you? Take a look around your own space. Creating a “smart” environment for your own family could create a more enjoyable space for everyone, and be easier than you may think.
Looking to make some of these changes in your home, either to sell or for yourself? Contact Bella Domicile for a consultation today! (608) 271-8241 or find us at belladomicile.com.