Tips for Millenials on Home Improvement


As a designer, I normally help clients create an individual space that encompasses their own unique view. I have recently dipped my toe into the staging world and thus have expanded my own view on design.




A family in a single-family home can be expected to stay in the home approximately 13 years before moving out. With that in mind, making good choices which you as the home owner will enjoy, but will also appeal to the prospective buyer may be something to consider more. The largest segment that is in a position to buy a home are Millennials.

A Forbe’s report states, Millennials are the biggest group of home buyers in America, 32% of the market, according to a March 2015 report from the National Association of Realtors. Millennial homeowners are saddled with obstacles no previous generation has had to face, like an average student loan debt per borrower that is that’s both monstrous and unprecedented. They’re also less romantic about the whole process than their predecessors — buying before marriage, owning for shorter periods of time, and flipping with gusto and success.




Don’t despair as a segment of the population this generation may get a bad rap for being self-centered and entitled, but when it comes to home decor, they actually have it pretty figured out. Changing the choices of what rooms to remodel, using brands with great name recognition, and generally being mindful of technology and sociability will go far in increasing you ROI with your remodel dollars.




Most millennials have been working on their personal brands ever since they created their first AIM screen name, and now they’re juggling many social media accounts, brands are even more important. How does this translate to interior design? Investments in quality home products such as Graber for window coverings, Sherwin-Williams for paint, Arhus for furniture, BOSH for appliances.  Even IKEA is brand relatable to millennials.







The places where millennials choose to spend their money are very telling, the addition of a home work space speaks to the mobile millennial who is less confined by a corporate office or job. The emphasis on outdoor living and entertaining testifies to the importance of togetherness. And with the addition of smart home technology, millennial attitudes toward the home incorporate connectivity in every sense.




Paint can instantly update a tired old space and make it look, feel, and smell like new I find that home improvement projects that make a house sell fastest is when you paint, update the flooring, replace light fixtures, tend to the yard, and add smart technology.





To get the biggest bang for your buck, stick with colors that have mass appeal so you attract as many potential buyers to your listing as possible. Warm neutrals like yellow or light gray are stylish and clean, signaling that the home is well cared for, or that previous owners had an eye for design that may translate to other areas within the house.



Yellow associates with sun, summer and childhood. Thus, whatever mood you’re in, this color will definitely brighten up your day.Yellow can be soft, juicy or dimmed.  Rooms with eastern or northern light will benefit from yellow, it will warm the room and add light after the morning sun has disapered.

Sherwin-Willams’ Honey Bees, is a great shade. Yellows can be “in-your-face,” this tone is muted and rich.

Gray is king in my book. You can dress it up to be formal or dress it down and be super casual.  I normally lean to taupe grays, but Sherwin-Willams’ Silver Strand  (SW 7057) is a blue gray, that doesn’t go cold.  The color looks great in bright light, and is moody in the evening.  

Nothing dates a home more than worn or outdated color carpet. More importantly, most families get acclimated to pet odor found in their carpet, having a prospective buyer get hit in the face with urine odor can nix the deal as soon as they open the front door.   According to the HomeGain 2012 Top Ten DIY Home Improvements, new carpet can bring you as much as 160% ROI (return on investment), while new flooring can bring you 110%.







Carpet is usually the most affordable choice.  My favorite carpet is Smart Strand by Mohawk. In particular its Silk line, you can sleep on this carpet its so lux.  The fiber is made with DuPont Sorona’s built-in stain and soil protection-will never walk off, wash off or wear off. You also get the peace of mind that comes with a lifetime warranty.





Hardwood is king. It will raise the value of the house and hard surfaces are easier to spot spills, pet hair, crumbs and debris. Spills can be completely wiped up.  Engineered Hardwood is my preference, its 1/3 –  ½ as much as traditional hardwood.

First impressions can make or break a sale, and curb appeal is the first impression being made with the buyer so it is extremely important.
Curb Appeal to do list:
• Stay on top of your front landscaping, mow the lawn and trim bushes.
• Power wash the home and sidewalks.
• Add a welcome mat and potted plants around doorway.
• Paint your door to update the look of your home, update the hardware.
• Remove all toys, figurines from the front yard.
• Clean all your windows.
• Update lighting and house numbers. Make sure they match.
• Repair the roof, gutters and update exterior paint is peeling. 





While homeowners customarily have taken advantage of good weather in springtime to add such backyard upgrades as patios or pools, millennial owners and buyers are going in a different direction, They’re making their own pizza outdoors with vegetables they grow in their garden.

A backyard built for entertaining will go far with millennials. Creating a space that encourages interaction, fun and health. Projects to consider:

·        Outdoor Livingroom with a Flat Screen TV.

·        Raised Vegetable Beds.

·        Bocce ball court or Horse Shoe pit.

·        Meditation Garden



Millennials are essentially always interacting with technology…except maybe while they’re asleep…so integrating tech into the home is of the utmost importance. You don’t have to digitize your entire home, but a few smart devices will go a long way.




Nest Learning Thermostat learns your heating and cooling preferences over time, so you don’t have to program it. Wi-Fi networking and tasteful apps let you control and monitor your Nest from afar.
Ring Video Doorbell lets you use your smartphone to see who is at your door before you open it
Sengled Pulse stereo system offers blue tooth  sound along with bright white light.
AC/USB Wall Outlet – The convenient and energy-efficient in-wall solution for powering and charging USB devices.





Don’t feel alone, most of my clients felt the same way.  Many are experts at what they do; they know what they like but don’t have the time or people to accomplish their project. That’s my expertise, I have a successful track record of creating great spaces either with a complete remodel or by up grading their paint, flooring or window coverings.   Please let me be service to you and your dream.



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