Thursday, February 21, 2019 / by Jennifer Gilbertz
2019 our culture is hyper focused on capturing the beauty of every moment and striving for this ideal of perfection in our lives and in our homes. Millennials are flocking to Instagram to document and compare their lives to the multitudes of others in this rat race of keeping up with the Jones’. Today’s real estate market is no exception to the rule and its smart to gear your homes decor and curb appeal to appeal to the masses. Currently the millennials are becoming one of the fastest growing consumers in the real estate market and in order to cater to millennial tastes here are a few tips to get you on the fast track to having a Pinterest/Instagram worthy abode.
Let’s start with what buyers will notice first, curb appeal. Curb appeal sets the tone for the entire showing. If your home lacks curb appeal or is in bad condition buyers will assume the outside of your home will reflect the interior. You want to have your best foot forward when it comes to setting the stage for a buyer showing appointment. Some quick items you can easily knock off your curb appeal to-do list are;
1 Power wash/wash off the exterior of your home, roof, and gutters. Remove moss from roof if possible and trim back any trees that are in danger of brushing up against your roof.
2 Landscaping maintenance; weed flower beds, weed and feed lawn, mow grass, edge lawn, and declutter and remove any lawn/garden ornaments.
3 Replace old mailbox with something new and trendy, replace burnt out light bulbs, and add a beautiful planter with flowers next to front door is space allows.
Millennials want turnkey homes that are spacious with open concepts. Try to see your home through the eyes of a potential buyer and get staging ideas from Pinterest or Interior Designer magazines. Get your agents opinion on staging and decluttering to ensure the professional photography for your home marketing will showcase your home in the best possible light. The easiest way to update the interiors of your home are as follows;
1 Replace old appliances with top of the line stainless steel for a quick kitchen update.
2 Replace kitchen and bathroom counter tops with granite or granite-like materials.
3 Update old worn out carpet and replace with new flooring.
4 Give walls a fresh coat of paint in neutral/light tones to help rooms feel airy and spacious.
5 Deep clean all windows, door, and interior trim/moldings.
Keep in mind that when you are prepping your home to sell that you remember that “space sells” as you declutter, de-personalize, and arrange your furniture.
1 Remove all items from counter tops.
2 Pack away all personal items or items of value.
3 Arrange furniture in a way to maximize the spaciousness of each room.
4 Deep clean as much as possible and remember to get an impartial opinion on any odors in your home.
These quick tips should help you be able to attract more buyers and hopefully net you more money at the closing table.