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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Shares New Data on the Next Generation of Homebuyers

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By Nick Caruso

While 84 percent of younger Americans surveyed believe technology is an absolute essential to have in their homes, it may be surprising that Millennials are prepared to take on their own home maintenance projects. Thirty percent of those surveyed would actually prefer a “fixer-upper” to a house with minimal repairs needed. The findings also demonstrate that 82 percent of Millennials surveyed embrace their independence with gusto and prefer to handle home improvements on their own instead of turning to their parents for money; a stark contrast to the general misconception that paints young Americans as coddled or entitled.

“Since buying my house in 2011, I’ve spent every weekend fixing and improving my home,” says Daniel Wunder, 31, who bought a home in Long Island, N.Y. “From replacing windows to building a vegetable garden in my backyard, these projects are turning the house that I bought into the ideal home in which my family and I can enjoy living.”

When it comes to home maintenance issues, Millennials aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves either. In fact, nearly half (47 percent) of survey respondents would be more likely to tackle a home maintenance problem themselves, rather than calling a professional to handle the job. Furthermore, 72 percent of Millennials consider themselves just as handy—if not more so—than their parents.

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