I read something recently that gave me pause, as both a real estate agent, and also as a home owner. The statement was in an article about home renovations if you are selling your home. And those somewhat shocking words essentially said this..."The person who will buy your home is most likely younger than you". WOW! Talk about a little shock to the system.
The reality however, is that is the truth for most of us, with the exception of higher end condos, most people who are looking at homes today are younger than most of the sellers. Be that a first time homeowner looking at the starter home of someone "moving up" or the couple looking to move into a "family neighborhood" from their starter home, chances are your home is going to be purchased by someone from a different generation. (GASP!)
What this means in terms of updates and selling your home is that you should indeed look at the trends that are not only hot right now, but have had a little staying power. Recently I visited a home of someone who really got that. The home had beautiful white cabinetry, subtle tiled back splash, dark hardwood floors, neutral gray paint and modern lighting. None of that was super expensive to install, most of it was classic in style, yet it felt very modern and fresh. Homes with dark cabinetry and honey floors can still feel modern, but it might take some work.
If you are considering updating your home from your 90's yellow kitchen (we all had it!) or different color in every room, consider looking at Pinterest and seeing what color rooms are the most pinned. Gray is still really popular right now as is charcoal and "greige". Getting ready to tile your back splash? Stay away from the really busy glass tile of two years ago and go with a subtle subway tile.
Light fixtures are more stream lined and lean toward mid-century in style right now. Brass is huge, but like glass tile, will be gone in a few years. Again, look at Pinterest to see what is popular and find an affordable fixture that suits you and your home's future owners.
The biggest piece of advice that I can give you to help you make your home more appealing to a younger buyer is declutter, declutter, declutter. There is a reason that "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" is a best seller and Folk is the millennial's Bible. That is that the 2000's nesting mode that their parents went into after the 911 attacks has spawned children who crave clean lines and empty houses.
It is a little disheartening to think that someone younger than me might want to buy my home that I have raised my children in and have lived in for 15 years.However, it makes sense. If you are ready to sell your home, we have experience in not only the selling of homes in Chattanooga and North Georgia, but we also offer in house design and staging services fromSoutherly Abode.
Contact us today for more information. And take heart, your next home will be bought from someone older than you!