Are you thinking of selling your home or other piece of Temecula real estate? If so, you’ll want to ensure that your home is upgraded and staged to attract interest from prospective buyers, including first-time buyers that are looking to put down roots and start a family. Let’s take a look at a few features that millennials and younger buyers are seeking when purchasing their first home.
High-Tech, Yet Energy-Efficient
Do you still use a landline phone? You might be surprised to hear that younger buyers care a lot more about cell service and internet-connection wiring than they do about landline hookups, which are rarely used. Cable TV is on the way out as well, so again you may find young buyers laughing at mentions of conveniently-placed cable outlets. In regards to energy efficiency, millennials won’t pass over your home if it isn’t coated in solar panels but the more efficient you can make it, the better. Consider inexpensive upgrades like the Nest thermostat, which allows for home temperature control through smartphone apps and drastically increases your home’s ‘coolness factor’.
The Kitchen: Focus on Appliances and Fixtures
Whether or not a young couple plans to make use of it, the kitchen is almost always a focal point and one where you should spend a considerable amount of time sprucing things up. Stainless steel appliances are a must-have to appeal to a younger audience, so if you’re still making use of an older fridge, microwave and oven, they’ll need to be replaced. The same goes for the stove – induction cooktops or glass should be used and not a stove with older coil elements. In regards to countertops, focus on simple stone counters like granite, which give a minimal, tasteful look. Final touches should include updated lighting fixtures (remember: energy efficient!) and new faucets.
The Bathrooms: Open Up Your Space
Younger individuals and professionals are fans of glass, and this is especially true when it comes to the bathroom. An old bathtub with a ratty shower curtain just doesn’t compare to a large, glass-enclosed shower space. If you have smaller bathrooms, tasteful use of mirrors and lighting can make the space feel much larger than it is. Of course, it should go without saying that the faucets, sink, counters and other fixtures should be completely up to date as well.
Being ‘Move-in Ready’
Finally it’s worth noting that if you are targeting younger parents you will want to ensure your home is as ‘move-in ready’ as possible. Those with very young children are far less likely to be interested in a ‘fixer-upper’ home which is going to require repairs or renovations shortly after they move in. The closer your home is to perfect condition, the better you will fare in your negotiations and the faster your sale will close.
When you’re ready to sell your Temecula home, the real estate professionals at Allison James Estates and Homes are here to help. Contact us today at (951) 760-6027 to arrange for a consultation with one of our agents, and for more home selling tips and advice be sure to download our helpful home sales eBook “The Definitive Guide to Selling Your Home” by clicking here.