If your house has been on the market for a while, without leading to any solid offers or at least to a substantial amount of interested buyers, it might be time for a change. As any realtor will tell you, staging your house the right way can instantly transform your home from a ‘pass’ to a ‘catch’. But what does ‘the right way entail in today’s climate? Fact is, the Millennial generation is progressively becoming the main target of home sellers – and that’s because they amount to over 40% of home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors. From loft-like open spaces to mother of pearl finishes, check out our quick list of tips and tricks to help you get great offers on the table.
Declutter and Depersonalize
The Millennial generation gravitates towards clean spaces that are neat, comfortable and uncluttered. Taking a minimalistic approach is always the safer path when trying to cater to this specific clientele – which means that you should perform a thorough decluttering in every room of your house. While personal accents might be a plus in some cases, too many of them will most likely not appeal to the younger clients, which is why decluttering should always go hand in hand with depersonalizing your home.
Strive for the Millennial Layout
What exactly is the Millennial layout? Think open spaces, loft-like space planning and the possibility to transform rooms into home offices. Even if you are not actually selling an open space house, you might want to consider knocking down a wall in order to appeal to your target clients. At the same time, make sure to stage one of your rooms as a home office, as a large percentage of Millennials work from home.
Opt for a Neutral Color Palette
Appealing to a larger audience often means replacing the eccentric and the bold with the neutral and the versatile. While magenta walls and vintage floral wallpaper might appeal to a few of your potential clients, fact is that neutral color schemes appeal to most. Keep your house on the pristine and polished track with a refined color palette, including natural brown woods, white, taupe, greys, navy and black.
Present Pristine Bathrooms
There’s nothing that puts Millennial buyers off more than old and neglected bathrooms, complete with broken fixtures and leaks. If your budget allows you, opting for new tiles in modern finishes, such as mother of pearl or marble can make a huge difference when targeting a younger clientele. If you are working with a smaller budget, simply giving your old tiles a new coat of paint can instantly transform your bathroom from drab to fresh.
Focus on Outdoor Spaces
Regardless if your house or apartment comes with a tiny 20 square feet balcony, a small green patch in the back or a large backyard, Millennial buyers are craving neat outdoor spaces that look comfy and inviting. According to Better Homes and Gardens Executive Editor Jill Waage, no less than 70% of Millennials are looking for relaxing outdoor spaces when buying a home. There are plenty of landscaping ideas for small spaces, as well as for low budgets, so make sure you give your outdoor space a little makeover prior to putting your house on the market.
Add Statement Accents
While keeping the look of your home on the minimalist and neutral side is always recommended, that doesn’t mean that you have to strip your home of all its personality. Fact is, an accent wall, be it in a trending neutral hue or in a modern wallpaper, can add charm to any space, just as a large vintage mirror or outdoor lights can transform the look of your home from basic to Pinterest-worthy.
Final Touches: Incorporate Greenery
Your house is perfectly decluttered, in a curated neutral color scheme, depersonalized and complete with pristine bathrooms, as well as an inviting outdoor space. What’s next? If you feel like a few decorative items are needed in order to create a welcoming ambiance, opt for green plants. Millennials are all about house plants, from leafy greens to aloe and hanging pots, so make sure to incorporate a little bit of greenery in every room prior to placing your house on the market.