It is a common trend for millennials to drag their feet when it comes time to move forward in their life. Millennials tend to take longer in finishing their degrees, starting a career, getting married, having children, and buying a home. As a result, there are many millennials that are still living in the basement of parents or another relative.

Do you have a millennial that is living in your basement? It can be nice to have the family around. But, there are times when it can be frustrating to have a millennial that won’t move out. Here are a few things that you can do to live with the millennial and enjoy your home at the same time:

Set House Rules

As the parent and owner of the house, you have the prerogative to set house rules for anyone living under the roof. You might ask for help in the yard or with household chores, to make it clear that everyone in the home helps to carry the responsibilities of the house. In some situations, it can be beneficial to set quiet hours, so that the millennial’s late night schedule doesn’t have a negative impact on your sleep schedule.

Encourage them to Set Goals

Sometimes it is a “failure to launch” situation, where the millennial just needs a little more encouragement to set some goals and move forward in life. If you have a millennial that is having a hard time moving forward, then the best thing that you can do is offer support and encouragement. Look for ways that you can help them establish their career so that they will have the financial strength to move out on their own.

Put Together a Move-Out Plan

Is it time to cut the cord and tell the millennial that they need to move out? Instead of kicking them out without notice, it is better to put together a plan so that they can prepare for the future. Consider giving them a timeline to move out. For example, you might give them 3 or 6 months so that they can financially prepare and find a place to live.

Move into a Bigger Home

It can be hard to share a home with family members, especially if you don’t have enough space for everyone. You might consider the option to move into a new home to give everyone a little more breathing space. Having more space can be essential to reduce conflict and improve the relationships with everyone in the house. If you need a little more separation, you might even consider a home with a mother-in-law apartment where the millennial can live.

Here at DUFFY Realty, we know that it is important to have a house that is big enough for your family. If it is time to upgrade your home to accommodate a millennial in the basement, then we encourage you to contact our experienced team right away: (678) 318-1700