These Are Millennial Home Buyers' Biggest Turn Offs

These Are Millennial Home Buyers' Top Turn Offs

Fussy Details

Extravagant moldings and elaborate window treatments are passé. Today’s buyer wants cleaner lines and simplistic designs. They are taking out the ’90s columns and opting for simpler millwork. “Less is more,” says Realtor Inger Stringfellow, who specializes in representing midcentury modern homes. “These homes appeal to the minimalist. They would rather have original details versus a poor, cheaply done makeover.”

High Maintenance Properties

Labor is a turn off. Millennials and retiring Boomers don’t want to spend free time doing yardwork and home maintenance.

Oak or Dark Wood Kitchen Cabinets

“It is very hard to sell a brown kitchen,” notes Inger Stringfellow, William Pitt/Sotheby’s, New Canaan.

Underutilized Rooms

Today’s buyers are practical. They want more than just a pretty room; they want rooms that serve a purpose. In some cases, homeowners have opted to turn formal living rooms into office/study areas. Since more people are working remotely from home, it makes sense to utilize the square footage.

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Haver and Skolnick Architects
Haver & Skolnick Architects creates award-winning homes of timeless design, providing personal service & impeccable attention to detail. For 22 years, Charles Haver, AIA and Stewart Skolnick, AIA have offered a single source for architecture, interior design and landscape architecture, creating seamless environments which are a reflection of their clients’ personalities. The firm has been nationally recognized for comfortable, classic country homes and elegant apartments which reflect history while responding to a contemporary lifestyle.

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