Guilderland, NY – A huge group of buyers these days are the downsizing baby boomers setting themselves up for the next phase of their lives. These home buyers want flexibility, ease of use and plenty of fun things to do! Baby boomers are the largest American generation-76 Million-that are retired or nearing retirement age. This presents a huge opportunity when you are selling your home.
For today’s sellers-Here are just a few pointers that will catch a boomers’ eye:
Consult with a realtor-if you are starting the process of selling, or even want to plan, just talk to a realtor, its free. They WILL tell you what to prioritize and how-valuable info that can get you thousands more in the sale.
Even out your lawn and simplify your landscaping-boomers want an easier lifestyle that includes exterior maintenance. They still want yards but maybe a little smaller and more manageable.
Open up you space– opening up your living space is appealing to most anyone, but especially boomers. By now, they are specific in what they really want in a home; they usually want an easy flow for entertaining and hanging out at this point.
Large First floor bedroom-this is a must; many boomers are looking for the house they will live in when the old knees don’t work so well.
For buyer boomers-
Use a realtor-even if you want to buy your neighbor’s house! Realtors have specific info like how many bedrooms and full baths are on the first floor and can get a floor plan and lot size if you are looking for more specifics.
Know what you want-Many boomers thinking of “downsizing” think square footage, and that may not be the case. It may be a larger family room and first floor master, so the square footage may be the same. Know how big your current house is and your lot dimensions too-your realtor can help you with that.
Consider semi or totally maintenance free, where a company (Homeowners Association) maintains the general grounds and maybe mows and shovels, or total maintenance free like a condo community where you are not responsible for exterior, roofs, etc.