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What Millennial Homebuyers Want in 2018

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In real estate, every buyer is different. Key features that might be a big plus for one buyer might be a total waste on another. Finding the right balance can be tricky—especially when you want to impress extra-picky Millennial buyers. So how do sellers meet the high demands of the latest homebuyer generation?

 

The best real estate agents understand the importance of playing up a home’s best features. Of course, these assets can change depending on the type of buyer. After all , beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You need to start by knowing exactly what it is that your buyer holds dear!

 

The Millennial Homebuyer Mindset

 

Breakfast Nook Design-Home Matters 1711To be fair, not every Millennial is going to have the same perspective on what makes a home great. Like any generation, the Millennial population is diverse and ever-changing. However, certain characteristics can be useful for describe the majority of these buyers. For starters, they tend to be more focused on square-footage quality, not quantity. Oftentimes, even smaller homes can be a great match.

 

Millennials share an interesting background. Unlike their parents, Millennials entered early adulthood during a difficult economic recession, a world-wide financial crisis, and a big housing bust. To top it off, the majority of Millennials also struggle with steep student loan debt. One challenge for these homebuyers is that they may not have the credit scores or income level to swing a bigger purchase. Fortunately, the polls continue to show that Millennials are perfectly comfortable opting for smaller spaces. In fact, they often prefer homes with just the essentials. (Of course, getting the latest tech or an updated kitchen is always a plus!)

 

Most Desired Home Features

 

As we move into 2018, Millennial buyers are sure to respond well to smart-home technology. One survey reports that 81 percent of buyers are more likely to go with a listing that’s already set up with smart-home features. While most older homes on the market won’t already have these upgrades installed, it’s a relatively simple add-on. Then, everything from your living room lighting to the thermostat and security can be controlled right with your smart phone. It’s a great bonus for Millennial homeowners because they can make adjustments anytime and anywhere—whether they’re in the next room or out of town.

 

Master Bedroom Wallpaper-Home Matters 1711Open floorplans and the latest energy-efficient appliances are top picks for almost any buyer in the 2018 real estate market. And in a lot of ways, the Millennial market and Baby Boomers are more alike than one might first think. A location that’s within walking distance to lots of amenities is great for these buyers, when available. Plus, both types are usually looking for a space that’s not too big, and not too small. When their home doesn’t have any unused space, they don’t have to worry about wasted energy and higher costs.

 

Additionally, the majority of the Millennials group still wants that grand, master suite—just like most buyers. One of the most-requested home feature in a poll of 1,000 Millennials was a large master bedroom. (Second only to new appliances.) Although they might be happy with a smaller space on the whole, these buyers will still appreciate a bigger space to spread out. Knowing how to style a master bedroom to maximize its flow and make it feel even more spacious can help weary buyers submit an offer.

 

Professional Home Staging for Millennials

 

Multifunctional Home Staging-Home Matters 1711With a focus on versatile living spaces and less of a need for traditional, single-use spaces like formal dining rooms, you might think Millennials are hard to please. But with the right setup and organization, it’s easy to showcase just about any home as Millennial-friendly. Professional home staging can go a long way to showcase the best features for these buyers.

 

Knowing which rooms can support a mixed-use setting—like a playroom or a home office—can help potential buyers envision their future. If you need help with a new listing or staging a new build, the design experts at Home Matters can help! Contact us today to learn more about our staging packages. We’d love to help make your listings shine!


Home Design Updates that are Fantastic for Fall

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As the seasons change, so does our style. We bundle up with scarves and boots and swap our summer iced coffee for hot pumpkin lattes. Giving our homes a little autumn update can do wonders, too!

 

To boost your home’s comfy factor at the end of the year, all you need to do is take stock of the items you already have and consider adding a few new pieces to match the weather. A lot of times, home improvement projects can get by with just a little style advice. You don’t need to do anything fancy to make a big difference. The little details alone can go a long way.

 

Taking Stock of the Season

 

Try as they might to have year-round appeal, certain items in our home really do fit better in cycles. Not every piece of décor is going to be suitable for permanent display. And that’s okay! Swapping out different colors and textures is a great way to breathe new life into a space. (Plus, making a couple changes can be a surefire way to fight off cabin fever.)

 

Before you start moving anything around, it helps to do a quick home tour. Look at each room with an objective eye and try to pull out any pieces that feel more “summer” than “winter.” You can do this solo, or with a professional designer to really take your space to the next level.

 

Fall Pillows Decor-Home Staging Advice 1710As you make you way around the house, consider the little details—not so much the big furniture. Window treatments, the bookshelf knickknacks, throws and pillows are where it’s at. Ideally, you’ll be able to decide what palette your heart is leaning towards for the season and then double-check that your home is embracing the season tastefully. You shouldn’t give every room a splash of orange to be fall-festive, but incorporating warmer earth tones can definitely help.

 

If you’re working with a neutral base, try to spice things up when the temperatures drop. Instead of leaving your cream sofa plain, top it off with a couple velvet cushions. They’ll instantly warm up your space and can be super-affordable upgrade for your home. Store your spring and summertime colors in the closet, and it’s like getting a whole-room makeover in a snap.

 

Decorate with Fall Favorites

 

One of the best ways to enhance your autumn décor is to rotate your artwork. All too often, homeowners forget that their walls and floors can also get spruced up. (It’s not just about flannel blankets for fall!) We love drawing attention to fireplaces and exposed brick this time of year. Shopping around for a new area rug or piece of local artwork can really tie a room together before the holidays. If you lean toward pastels in the warmer months, try transitioning to richer tones like a deep rust or forest green.

 

Rotate Artwork-Home Staging Indianapolis 1710The other side of embracing fall favorites is to bring the outdoors inside. Hanging out on the porch and using our outdoor living areas is a no-brainer when the days are sunny. But even as the chill starts to hit, we can still welcome natural light into our homes. Keeping curtains and blinds open in the fall is a great mood-boost. Although the weather might be a little gray, odds are, you’ve got a colorful tree right next to your window. There’s almost nothing cozier than making that kind of view a highlight of your home.

 

Staging to Sell Your Home

 

Redesigning your home is great for your own comfort, but it’s even more valuable when you’re looking to sell. Plenty of buyers prefer to house hunt in the autumn because their kids are back in school and summer vacations are finally wrapped up. Just like in the spring and summer, certain staging needs to stay current for the fall.

 

Living Room Home Staging-Home Matters 1710The entryway is a major first impression for potential buyers. Keeping your landscaping up-to-date helps make that moment count. Brush off any leaves from the sidewalk and arrange a few potted mums on the porch to show your buyers (and, frankly, your neighbors) that you’re focused on year-round home maintenance. Inside, a clean and thoughtfully designed home will instantly welcome and guests or visitors. Rooms automatically feel more inviting when they have the right-sized furniture, good lighting, and seasonal textures.

 

All of these features set the tone of “home” for your own family, and they’ll do the same for any potential buyers. Making sure your home is fashionable for the season can really help your listing shine. And if you’re looking for an extra design eye for your space, Home Matters is here to help.

 

In addition to our staging services, our stylists are also available for design consultations. Whether you’re looking to sell before the New Year, or just want to feel more settled in to your current home—we’d love to hear from you! To get started, contact us at info@homematters.com or call (317) 774-7025. Together, we’ll get your space to perfection so it’s easy to fall in love.


Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal in a Single Afternoon

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Presentation is a key component of selling your home—that means inside, outside, and online. If you already have a great realtor to manage your home’s online listing and a professional home staging company to handle your design, the rest of the work is usually simple maintenance. A little elbow grease can go a long way outside! Even if you’re crunched for time, you can easily finish each of these curb-boosting projects in a single afternoon.

 

Paint the Door

If your front door is leaving a little something to be desired, go ahead and give it a fresh coat of paint. Prepping the door with a quick cleaning will help the fresh paint get applied evenly and last longer. Certain apps, like Front Door Paint, even help you preview the finished look before you commit to making the change.

 

Curb-Appeal-Indianapolis_Home Matters Staging 0517Front Porch Plants

Adding some instant color to your porch can help it feel welcoming and fresh as buyers approach your front door. A couple large planters or hanging baskets are always pretty. Choose bright blooms for the season or go with a faux wreath to add some extra interest to the front door.

 

New House Numbers

This little detail actually goes a long way. Look at your house numbers like a new piece of jewelry—they tie your whole property together with a little sparkle! You might want to go with a sleek chrome set or something subtle and traditional. It all depends on your home’s style.

 

Plant a Tree

When you have the space for it, a new tree can be a great way to get some extra attention on your property. Just be sure to choose a tree that’s native to your area and give it plenty of room to grow. With the right location and an appropriate amount of sunlight, you’ll help make your home—and even your neighborhood—more attractive for years to come.

 

Model-Home-Staging_Home Matters LLC 0517Repoint Step Bricks

Broken or cracked bricks can make a perfectly good home look unstable. A little concrete mix and patience can help bring those brick corners back to life—a must for your home’s front porch steps. Chipped bricks will only hurt your curb appeal, so the touchup work is well worth the effort.

 

Check the Gutters

Clogged gutters can be a big liability for new homeowners. No one wants to see little maples trees sprouting from the gutters! And any water that isn’t directed away from your home can cause damage to your siding or basement. Giving these a quick fix can protect your home value and help your property pass home inspections with flying colors.

 

Professional-Home-Staging_Home Matters Indianapolis 0517Power Wash

Your home’s driveway and sidewalks can pick up a lot of grime over the years. A handy power washer lets you plow through that dirt to a clean base, making your concrete look almost like new! Hire this job out or try doing it yourself. (It makes a great Zen-like meditation.)

 

Brighten up the Mailbox

Mailboxes that look neglected can send the wrong message. Let your visitors and guests know that your home has been cared for—down the last detail. Plant a flowering creeping vine by the mailbox post, or just freshen up that faded red flag or your mailbox numbers with new paint or stickers. Doing so can help your home look like the best one on the block.

 

 

Whichever curb appeal project you choose to do, a little afternoon work can certainly elevate your property’s look. And when the inside of your home looks even better, you’ll be in for a great ROI on your home sale. For all things home staging and design, just give Home Matters a ring—we love helping homeowners get the most out of their property! Contact us today to get started on your consultation.


Clear Signs You’re Ready to Redesign Your Layout

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The changing seasons can get homeowners looking at their space in a whole new way. Those warm tones you loved a few months ago could be losing their touch. And you might be itching to start some new remodeling projects with spring right around the corner.

 

It’s normal to want a change every now and then. But how do you know when it’s time to rework your layout? The top designers say that fads come and go, but real style is forever. Your home décor isn’t so much about trend-setting—it’s about being true to your family’s lifestyle.

 

Lifestyle Changes and Your Home Design

 

If you’re on the fence about switching things up, take a step back and look at how your life has evolved over the past couple years. Ask yourself these questions, and think carefully. Changes in your career, family setup, and even your hobbies and interests will all impact how your home’s layout ought to be.

 

bedroom-home-staging_Home MattersIs the family structure shifting?

Maybe your children are growing up or you’ve just welcomed a new pet into your life. Shifting family structures often require some changes to your home’s layout. Maybe the guestroom needs to get redone so your children can have separate bedrooms. Kids flown the coop? Take a look at your living room. A carefully designed sitting area can help get you ready for hosting the next cocktail party.

 

Does your home support your work and hobbies?

A new job or big career move can impact your home life a lot. Consider giving your home office a better layout to improve your productivity. Need a place to relax? Try converting some areas to focus on the things you love. When you put your hobbies on display—like your new guitar, collection of books, or knitting—you’re more likely to feel rejuvenated at home. A new design for the living room can help you emphasize what matters most.

 

professional indianapolis home staging_Home MattersAre you entering a new decade?

This is a cause for celebration! If you’re still hanging on to furniture you bought right out of college, maybe it’s time for a shift. Does your home office needs to be transformed into a library now that you’ve retired? Or maybe the patterns and paint colors your used to love aren’t as sophisticated as you once thought. A couple easy fixes can help your home reflect your life today.

 

When to Hire a Professional Home Stylist

 

Sometimes it can be hard to start redesigning your home—even if you know you’re ready to! A professional home stylist can give you the insight you need to create a home that’s uniquely “you.” These questions can help you figure out if it’s time to bring in a pro. Answer honestly!

 

Do truly love your home and its current setup?

Or is it feeling a little bland or dated? Having furniture pieces that don’t fit the room’s dimensions is really just the same as having clutter. The right size and style of furnishings can take your ho-hum home to a perfect 10.

 

white-kitchen-design_Home MattersHave you (finally) finished the upgrades you’ve been wanting?

Installing new kitchen cabinetry or re-tiling your master bathroom can make a world of difference. When these kinds of projects are complete, be sure to update your furniture accordingly. Your 20-year-old kitchen table might still be sturdy, but you’ll want it to match your home’s fresh new look.

 

Are you really embracing your home’s best qualities?

Style can never be forced—that’s why effortless looks are always so popular! The same goes for interior design. Trying an ultra-modern industrial décor in a farmhouse layout can feel strangely disjointed. A professional home stylist can show how to keep every room suited to your tastes—and your architecture.

 

Do you think you want to move?

You might be indifferent about your space because your property’s location or size just aren’t cutting it anymore. Maybe what you really need is a professional home stager. If you’re getting ready for a move, a home staging company can help accentuate the best aspects of your home. The right experts will help you get the house sold quickly, and for a great return on your investment.

 

There are lots of valid reasons to redesign your home’s current layout. When you need some extra guidance on how to get started, just reach out to the design experts at Home Matters. Our property stylists would love to meet with you! Contact us today to schedule your consultation.


How to Stage a Brick Fireplace—Any Time of Year

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A fireplace should be the crown jewel of any room. Whether you’re showing your house to sell, or just getting ready for the holiday spirit—staging your fireplace can make a grand statement. Dress it up right to make a great impression in every season.

 

It’s natural to pay more attention to the fireplace in wintertime. We hang stockings on the mantel and cozy up by the fire in the cold winter evenings. But this home feature can still be a major highlight when it’s warm outside. From fireplaces in the living room to the bedroom, proper staging should be a year-round focus.

 

The “Rule of Three” for Staging

living room fireplace professional staging_Home Matters 1216Your fireplace doesn’t need to dominate an entire wall to make an impact. Even smaller fireplaces can have a luxurious vibe. In this living room, basic brick is bordered with beautiful crown molding. This simple touch gives the narrow mantel a bolder effect. To help draw the eye upwards, hang a nice piece of large-scale artwork in the very center of the firebox.

 

Professional stagers will often utilize the “Rule of Three” to create intrigue with fireplaces. Choose items of a similar color scheme or pattern to complement the rest of your room. We decided to use copper-toned vases here with a delicate flower display. By working with accessories that have varying heights, you can create instant intrigue and drama to any size fireplace.

Fireplace Staging Symmetry

classic brick fireplace design_Home Matters Staging 1216Sometimes you need to keep your staging simple. If you’re pressed for square footage on either side of your fireplace, a small side table or floor lamp can help balance out the space. Traditional brick fireplaces with simple mantel shelves can get an updated look with a sleek flat-screen television. Just try to size your technology to your room. A bigger screen will actually make your living room feel cramped if it overpowers your fireplace.

 

Once you have your fireplace “centerpiece,” you can play with symmetry by using other small, matching décor pieces. Miniature plants or bookends can help frame the television and add balance to your room. If you need help finding the right style or pieces, just reach out to a local staging professional. Their design sense will help you accentuate the positives of your home in every corner.

 

Modern Bedroom Design

modern bedroom fireplace design_Home Matters 1216Accent colors on your fireside should play off the color palette already in the room. For the master bedroom, you’ll probably want to stick with calming and neutral paint colors—especially around the fireplace. A white-washed effect on this fire surround softens the hard brick and keeps the tone muted.

 

Bright whites are refreshing any time of year, so the fireplace can easily be the major focal point for this room in winter as well as springtime. The white shelf and molding go great with the darker tones we tend to use for traditional holiday decorating, and the classic design still looks fabulous in the warmer months too. Greenery and garland in winter—with white birch logs or colorful flowers in springtime—are winning combos for this classy white fireplace.

 

No matter what room your fireplace is in, dressing up your mantel can make a huge difference in your home’s selling price and how you enjoy your space. With the right staging and design style, your fireplace can easily be the one thing that ties your entire room together!

 

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