What’s Best in a Home? Depends on the Generation

What’s Best in a Home? Depends on the Generation

ORLANDO, Fla. – Homebuyers are demanding more home features that help them save energy and keep the home organized, according to a recent study released by the National Association of Home Builders, “Housing Preferences of the Boomer Generation: How They Compare to Other Homebuyers.”

However, the generations – millennials (born 1980 or later), Gen X’ers (born 1965-1979), baby boomers (born 1946-1964) and seniors (born 1945 or earlier) – do show some differences in what home features they value most. In a nationwide survey of more than 4,300 homebuyers, NAHB pinpointed those generational preferences.

For every generation except boomers, a laundry room tops their list of desired home amenities. Boomers, however, now value energy efficiency more.

What are the home features most wanted by each generation?

Millennials

*Laundry room
*Exterior lighting
*Living room
*Patio
*Front porch
*Both shower stall and tub in master bathroom
*Ceiling fan
*Hardwood on main floor
*Deck
*Energy Star-rated appliances
*Dining room


Gen X

*Laundry room
*Energy Star-rated appliances
*Exterior lighting
*Energy Star rating for entire home
*Energy Star-rated windows
*Ceiling fans
*Front porch
*Hardwood on main floor
*Patio
*Living room


Baby boomers

*Energy Star-rated appliances
*Energy Star rating for entire home
*Laundry room
*Energy Star-rated windows
*Exterior lighting
*A full bath on the main level
*Ceiling fan
*Insulation higher than required by code
*Patio
*Hardwood on the main floor


Seniors

*Laundry room
*Energy Star-rated appliances
*Energy Star rating for entire home
*A full bath on the main level
*Table space for eating in the kitchen
*Ceiling fan
*Double kitchen sink (side-by-side)
*Energy Star-rated windows
*Insulation higher than required by code

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