The Best Home Renovations for Baby Boomers

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With more and more 20-somethings opting to rent instead of buy, more and more Baby Boomers are opting to make changes to their homes – instead of testing the market and putting their homes  for sale. These 4 renovations are perfect for the Baby Boomer who's looking for a fresh new look:


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1.  Green renovations

Because many of them are retired and living on a fixed income – or are about to retire and make ends meet on a fixed income – the Baby Boomers want to know how they can get the most bang for their buck. In today's world, that means going green. According to several recent surveys, Baby Boomers are happy to put in the initial investment that comes along with going green (like buying new energy-efficient appliances, new HVAC systems, new insulation, etc.). They're also willing to change the "little things" in their routine – like buying new light bulbs and remembering to set the thermostat differently when they leave for the day.

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2.  Upgraded bathrooms

This doesn't mean "upgraded" in the way you're thinking. Instead, Baby Boomers are planning for the future. While they may be perfectly mobile now, they may not be in a few years. That's why more of them are lowering the step in their showers, adding hand rails, and getting a special non-skid floor for their showers to avoid slips and falls.

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3.  Projects that save time later

There are renovations that Baby Boomers can do now that will save time later. For example, if you've got cracks in your siding that need to be fixed, you're better off hiring someone to install fiberglass siding instead of repairing your existing your wood or cement siding. That way, you won't have to keep fixing new cracks down the road or keep refinishing the siding every few months.

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4.  Replace door knobs with levers

The hardware around your home can give your home a fresh look – without making you undergo a major construction project. That's why a hardware upgrade is the perfect project for Baby Boomers! As an added benefit, door levers don't have to be grabbed and turned like knobs do – making them easier to handle for people with arthritis.

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The good news?

Baby Boomers may get to put their construction hats away soon, if they want to. According to a recent article on, more 20-somethings may start venturing into the housing market in 2013. If that happens, we may be able to return to the traditional cycle – where older people sell their homes to younger people and downsize into smaller homes.

Media Contact: james paffrath RealtyPin, 514-836-1432,

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