5 Features to Quicken the Sales

Focus on these 5 features to help speed up your home sale.

Declutter and clean: both are two important steps to take before putting your house on the market. But if you have a midsized suburban home (2,000 to 2,600 square feet), you’d be wise to also get your house millennial (and gen-x)-ready.

Why? Because that’s your market.

If you start now making the changes those groups prefer, your house will be the talk of the town by 2018. That (and later) is when 72% of people between the ages of 18 and 34 plan to buy a home, according to a May 2015 survey conducted by Trulia.

Here are five key areas to focus on that will help you sell your home fast, based on the results of that May 2015 survey by Trulia.

1. Backyard deck

Few things disappoint a millennial more than discovering their otherwise-perfect dream home has no backyard deck. If you don’t have one, or if you have a tiny afterthought-type deck, consider building one for the 59% of millennial homebuyers who, according to Trulia’s survey, adore this feature.

Besides pressure-treated pine, there are composite deck materials, which many homebuyers prefer. Composite materials require less maintenance and can be just as beautiful as wood — or even more so. But they cost more to build with.

Young buyers love split-level decks for visual interest. Built-in lights are also a plus.

2. Gourmet kitchen

Kitchens are always at the top of the list for ROI when it comes to home makeovers, and young buyers care about this too — including 53% of millennials surveyed. But do you know what constitutes a gourmet versus a functional kitchen?

Here’s your formula: state-of-the-art appliances plus impressive surfaces plus storage galore equals gourmet.

Gourmet cooks and gas ranges go together like love and marriage. Gourmet cooks also prefer double ovens (one being convection), warming ovens (much better to keep foods warm than zapping in the microwave), and a microwave drawer (bet you didn’t even know about those … they hide the microwave).

If you don’t have room for a separate fridge and freezer, choose a fridge with a freezer drawer on the bottom.

Gourmet cooks also love stainless steel countertops. But stone countertops are good options too. If those just aren’t in the budget, choose a laminate that mimics the look. “Millennials have grown up on HGTV and want the look of a granite