Kristin and Scott Camp dreamed of owning beautiful acreage full of trees, rolling hills, and flower gardens and on July 30, 2010, that dream became a reality. The Camps purchased ten acres of land complete with the perfect little farmhouse just north of Omaha, Nebraska and quickly began prioritizing improvement projects. Number one on the list was renovating and updating the turn-of-the-century homestead.
No matter how hard the media tries to sell us on the noncommittal ways of millennials, the fact is this generation wants to buy homes. A recent study revealed that 49 percent of younger renters hope that their next move will be into a property of their own. But if you’re a member of this highly-scrutinized age group, you probably don’t picture first-time homeownership exactly like your parents did. Your new home offers a chance to express your unique tastes and reinforce your personal values.
For instance, an airy, open-plan home paired with energy-efficient features can help you voice your growing concern for the environment – while saving money on electricity at the same time. In fact, there are plenty of home features that can help you accomplish your personal home goals. If you’re a millennial, or you know one, bookmark this page as a resource for things to consider before buying a home.
Invest in Energy-Efficient Features
If you’re thinking of purchasing your first home, you know it’s a lot more than just a place to hang your hat – it’s also an investment in your financial future. And increasingly, setting yourself up for solid finances involves reducing your energy expenses as much as possible. There’s evidence that homeowners are growing more interested in purchasing homes with energy-efficient products – and that means there are more products on the market to help them accomplish those goals.
Millennials especially benefit from investing in green products, because that’s where the home industry continues to invest its time and innovations. In particular, more efficient HVAC systems combined with insulated windows, like those with Pella’s NaturalSun Low-E insulating glass with argon, can reduce heating and cooling leaks significantly. Since HVAC makes up around 50 percent of home energy costs, a little relief here is a welcome addition – and they’ll also fetch you a high return on investment when you resell.
Look for Low-Maintenance Interiors
Between work obligations and your full social calendar, you probably don’t have a lot of time for loads of housework. When you shop for a new home, be on the lookout for low-fuss surfaces that can minimize chores. For instance, sustainable wood flooring in living areas and tiled wet rooms, like bathrooms and showers, make a better choice than carpeting or vinyl, since they can be cleaned with a quick wet mop. In kitchens, low-maintenance granite countertops hide the kinds of nicks and stains that can necessitate time-consuming cleanup and repairs.
Likewise, if you’re anything like other millennials, you’re probably looking for a fixer-upper so you can score a better deal. However, be wary of homes with aging kitchens and baths, since renovating these spaces will require a lot more money – not to mention a huge time commitment.
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Bring the Outdoors In
Homes shouldn’t be cloistered, claustrophobic spaces, and modern properties embrace that philosophy through open, airy rooms and envy-worthy outdoor areas. Wide picture or casement windows paired with open-plan interiors serve to bring the energy and light of the outdoors inside – which has the happy consequence of reducing lighting costs during the day.
As a member of one of the most anxious generations, you might find yourself drawn to homes that can help you connect with nature and take advantage of the stress-relieving benefits of the great outdoors. Inviting patios, water-saving landscaping, and other unique exterior features are at the top of many millennials’ want lists, so opting for these items can increase the value of existing homes, especially if you’re planning to eventually resell.
These three housing features not only meet your home ideals, but can also increase the value of your space over time. With a wide range of new products on the market, you don’t have to choose one or the other.
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