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Monday, November 6, 2017

Home Features That Appeal to Young Families

It’s no surprise that parents with young children have different priorities than childless adults or empty nesters when searching for a home. Rather than just looking for home features and amenities that appeal to them, they’re going to be thinking about what’s best for their kids, from schools within walking distance to a safe outdoor space for playing.

When working with a home seller who wants their listing to appeal to parents with young kids, be sure to highlight family-friendly features such as:

A Fenced-In Backyard

If your seller has an open backyard, see if they’d be willing to add a privacy fence. This small addition can make a big difference to young parents, who are looking for a safe place their kids and pets can play. If your client’s house already has a fence, they can spruce the space up even more with some simple backyard staging. A few nice pieces of patio furniture—and maybe a grill or firepit—will help families imagine spending time together in the yard.

Recently Updated Kitchen and Bathrooms

While 62% of young homeowners say they’ve done some renovations, most aren’t looking for a labor-intensive fixer-upper. Not only do renovations require more time and energy than most young parents have, they can also be expensive. And for parents who are putting most of their savings into a down payment, closing costs, and a monthly mortgage, there may not be much of a budget for renovations or repairs. Recently updated kitchens and bathrooms appeal to young families because they’re typically the most expensive rooms to renovate.

An Open Kitchen Layout

In the past couple decades, the kitchen has transformed into a space for families to come together. Many young parents would prefer an open kitchen with room to gather for meals over a formal dining room. Open kitchens work well for quick family meals on busy weeknights, and they also let parents see into the living room (and possibly the backyard) to keep an eye on their kids while making dinner.

Three or More Bedrooms

Since most homeowners plan to stay in their home for at least five years before selling, it’s important for young parents to choose a space that’s large enough for their family, especially if they plan to have more kids. If it’s in their budget, most young parents would prefer a home with at least three bedrooms. If they find a home with an extra bedroom, they may like the idea of turning it into a home office or playroom.

Energy-Efficient Features

Eco-friendly features, such as a smart thermostat and Energy Star appliances, often appeal to young parents. These features can help reduce monthly utility bills (something that’s sure to be on the minds of budget-conscious parents) and improve the indoor environment for kids. Parents may also appreciate features like a small backyard garden or rain collection bin that could help teach their kids about sustainability.

Built-In Storage

Adequate storage space is something that all home buyers are looking for, but it’s especially important to young parents, who may feel like they’re fighting an uphill battle to keep their kids’ toys and gear organized. Built-in storage features, such as bookshelves, pull-out pantry shelves, and a closet under the stairs, are worth pointing out to buyers. Creative built-in storage will help young families maximize their space and keep clutter under control.

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