Millennials are making their mark on the real estate market. According to a recent National Association of Realtors study, Generation Xers and millennials (also known as Generation Y) are putting down roots and purchasing the largest volume of U.S. homes. Among buyers of all generations, the majority (32%) belong to the millennial generation, those between the ages of 25 and 40. These young buyers have some very specific must-haves on their wish list for a home.
If you are considering making home renovations, keep the following points in mind when deciding which improvements will most increase its value. Real estate agents say younger buyers are consistently drawn to these popular features.
The Kitchen Is Still King
You can’t go wrong by spending design dollars in the kitchen. Large kitchens, preferably with an island, that open to the main family living area top the list of ideal home features for millennials. Stainless steel appliances and natural stone or engineered countertops are also coveted features.
Strive for an Open Floor Plan
Formal dining rooms don’t hold much appeal for younger buyers, who are looking for open space that can easily transition from kitchen to TV room for entertaining. And because many younger buyers work from home, they prize dedicated space for a home office. Finishing a basement is an inexpensive way to add more flexible space to a home.
Bank on Efficiency
With energy costs on the rise and younger buyers more conscious of protecting the environment, a home’s energy efficiency is a definite selling point. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that up to 30% of residential heating and cooling costs can be tied to heat gain and heat loss through inefficient windows. Therefore, energy-efficient ENERGY STAR®-certified windows with Low-E glass add value to any home.
Go Low Maintenance & Low Hassle
Younger buyers don’t want to spend their weekends cleaning and maintaining finishes. They prefer the easy maintenance of vinyl windows, hardwood floors, and solid countertops that are both attractive and easy to care for.
Add Value With Sunrise Windows
One way that you’re sure to catch the attention of potential buyers is to have your home outfitted with high-performance Sunrise windows or patio doors. We’re recognized for offering exceptional products that deliver outstanding thermal efficiency—they’re ENERGY STAR® qualified for all climate zones—and are durable enough to provide decades of protection against the elements. Some of the impressive features of our windows and patio doors include:
- An insulated mainframe that features two separate chambers and delivers better R-values than hollow-frame vinyl windows
- A secure sash structure that utilizes low-profile cam locks and scores 10 out of 10 on the AAMA forced-entry test
- A closed frame system that prevents moisture from entering the mainframe
- Airtight construction thanks to fusion-welding, triple weather-stripping, and dedicated extrusions
- A unique balance system that allows for easy operation and superior functionality
- Exceptionally narrow frames that allow for a viewing area that’s up to 27% larger than the viewing area of comparable windows and doors
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