Whether it’s a kitchen update, or a beautiful backyard deck, these features are important to consider if you’re hoping to sell your home to a first-time homebuyer.

If you are selling a mid-sized home, the house may be appealing to a younger demographic. Millennials have begun entering the home-buying market, and they are specifically interested in homes between 2000 and 2600 square feet. If your house already includes the following features, you’re in luck. Read on to learn which features will help you sell your home fast, and how you can renovate your home now to be ready to sell quickly.

1. Renovated Kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen can be a great way to see a sizable return, and will keep your home attractive to buyers in a competitive market — 53% of young buyers are interested in gourmet kitchens. But do you know what constitutes a gourmet versus a functional kitchen? Here’s your formula for a millennial’s dream kitchen: state-of-the-art appliances, impressive surfaces, and storage galore. Gourmet cooks and gas ranges go together like wine and cheese! Double ovens (one being convection), warming ovens, and a microwave drawer are all appealing features to a new crowd of home buyers. Stone countertops are good options, or opt for a cheaper version and use concrete, these materials look good, especially when paired with a subway tile backsplash. If those just aren’t in the budget, choose a laminate that mimics the look. Millennial buyers have grown up on watching design television and want the look of luxury, even if the seller has used less expensive materials to achieve that look.

Can’t afford to splash out? Spend the money on a cosmetic update; new counters, subway tile backsplash, and freshly painted cabinets go a long way in updating a kitchen for minimal money.

2. Open Floor Plan

If you have an open floor plan, you’ll attract 45% of millennials, who use the space for socializing while cooking, keeping an eye on the kids, and having a more impressive entertaining space. Plus, the open floor plan lets in more light, which makes your house show better.

3. Backyard Deck

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 often cost more to build with. Split-level decks and built-ins are also great features to consider when designing a back-deck addition.

With the warm sunny days we’ve enjoyed so far this fall, there is no doubt still plenty of time for projects! And with a hot sellers market in Southern Georgian Bay, it will just be a matter of time before those projects pay off!