A decade ago, homebuyers had very specific needs for their homes. Space was prioritized with couples looking to have a family. Concerns like energy didn’t play into their decision. That’s all changed today. With millennials about to start entering the market, sellers should prepare their homes for priorities they might not have originally considered. To ensure that you make that sale, here are a few items you should be sure your home has for today’s prospective buyers.
Central Heating and Cooling
Long gone are the days of window air conditioner units. These days, central heating and cooling are no longer just extras–they’re expected. If your home hasn’t been equipped for the modern state of technology, then you might want to spend a bit of money and have those amenities installed into your home. Homebuyers will likely pass your home on by if they see that they have to have those amenities installed themselves.
If you already have central cooling and heating, then you should check the last time they were maintained. A furnace that hasn’t had a proper tune-up in a decade is likely on its last legs. The bill for professional heating service and repair is a small price to pay compared to the loss in property value from a neglected unit. While you may not want to spend the extra money since you’re leaving the home, you’re getting ahead of yourself. You won’t be going anywhere because buyers aren’t going to want to buy a home that requires big work like a new furnace or air conditioning unit. It’s best to just put in the investment and watch the return on your investment pay off.
For those who are selling their home furnished with appliances, you can make this a far more appealing factor if those appliances are energy saving. Millennials are especially conscious of how expensive energy can be. They’re also concerned with the state of the environment. Just because you have appliances in your home that you are willing to sell with the property doesn’t mean it will appeal to them if they’re outdated and inefficient. You should also take the time to consider the overall energy consumption your house takes. Does it seem to be steadily increasing with no seeming reason? You may have a draft somewhere. It doesn’t cost a lot to do a little bit of elbow grease work and install weatherproofing on your windows and doors. This can reduce energy costs, create sustainability, and save homebuyers who are prioritizing energy costs in their considerations of homes.
What homebuyers look for, primarily, are homes that have made the switch to greener technology. The country will eventually swing in that direction entirely, and millennials would prefer to be ahead of the curb for when that happens. Having an electric slot where they can power up their electric cars in the garage would be an incredible selling point. As would a home that has solar panels and solar batteries installed on the property. This saves homebuyers an additional cost and is incredibly appealing to them. If you can manage all three of these aspects, your home is going to be incredibly enticing to today’s homebuyer.
Play It Smart
Understanding your buyers is the best method any seller can utilize. Today’s homebuyers prioritize energy saving features and efficiency as well as expecting modern amenities to be installed. To make sure your home sells quickly, you should cover your bases by investing in these areas.