More young buyers are making the leap into home ownership. But many of them, due to personal preference or affordability restraints, are choosing houses or condos with a smaller floor plan to call home.
Here are 4 strategies for buyers to make the most of small space
Choose furniture carefully
When you need to maximize space in a bedroom or living room, making smart choices can help create a comfortable but spacious small space. Measure your rooms carefully before making purchases. Consider especially the thickness of the furniture; a chair with less bulky arm rests, for instance, might fit better in the space than a chunky one. Avoid furniture with curves, as it sticks out without offering any benefits.
In a bedroom, leaving off a footboard will increase overall space. TVs, too, should be avoided in a bedroom with size restrictions. Multi-functional furniture will become your new best friend. For example, a desk with a mirror hung above it placed near the bed will give you a nightstand, desk, and dressing table all in one. A stylish trunk used as a coffee table in a living room could hide blankets or pillows for when you want to get cozy and watch a movie.
Paint to promote height
Darker colors, in general, will make a space feel smaller and more closed in. This is especially true if you put a dark color on the ceiling. A light color on the ceiling makes the room feel taller than it is. Lighter colors on the wall may give the illusion of more light and space as well.
Bold patterns on large furniture will attract the eye and make the room appear smaller. Consider simple designs or light colors for bedspreads, prints on couches, and curtains. However, adding an artistic focal point to the room will draw attention away from its size. Perhaps invest in a print of a favorite classic piece of art and have it framed nicely, or shop local art fairs for something original. Keep knick-knacks or other decorative items to a minimum and intentionally placed to keep the space from feeling cluttered. Wall or ceiling mounted lighting fixtures may help eliminate lamps in a room, which can take up considerable space.
Keep it neat and clutter free
A smaller space is easier to clean – and also easier to get dirty. Taking a few extra minutes a day to pick up will help you breathe better and live happier in small spaces. Go through items in your home often, giving away or selling things you no longer want so that they don’t take up precious space.
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When you put your home up for sale, you want it to look its best to potential
buyers. That’s why you clean, tidy and de-clutter every room.
Some sellers, however, miss the backyard. You need to pay just as much
attention to that space as you do to the interior of your home. The backyard
is as important a living space as the family room. To some buyers, even
Buyers want to see an attractive backyard space, with the grass cut and the
hedges trimmed. The more neat and tidy you can make it, the better. Be
sure to sweep walkways and wipe down patio furniture.
Also, watch out for the following things that buyers do not want to see:
• Bags of garage and other waste.
• Doggie do-do. (Be sure to stoop and scoop!)
• Rakes and other tools piled in the corner.
• Cluttered and disorganized storage sheds, pool huts and other backyard structures.
• Weeds in the flower beds.
• Items stored underneath the deck.
• Hoses not stowed neatly.
• Electrical outlets and water faucets that don’t work.
These are not difficult issues to fix. Doing so will positively impact the
impression the buyer gets of your backyard.
Do you have a backyard that shows particularly well in the summer? Here’s
a tip: Take pictures. Those photos will help buyers be able to appreciate
how it looks should you list your home in the winter.
Want more tips on making your home show well so that it sells fast? Call Mr & Mrs Real Estate today at 204.999.8815!
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As we approach our forth year in business our team has set in motion plans to make room for additional qualified real estate agents at our brokerage
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Here are a few reasons why Realtors® choose Living Real Estate as their broker of choice
Built by Agents for Agents - This business is built on strong relationships, when an LREW agent causes another agent to join the LREW team they are rewarded for their efforts through ongoing financial compensation as long as they are affliliated with Living Real Estate.
Boutique Brokerage - Living Real Estate agents are proud of their contemporary office space which is located in one of the most vibrant and densley populated neighborhoods in Winnipeg. Their office earns them instant credibitlty with their clients. Agents working with LREW don't have the burden of steep overhead costs such as franchise, group advertising and desk fees - they save real money. Living Real Estate agents have a voice and their opinions actually matter.
Office - Agents have access to private offices, work stations and a boardroom stocked with the latest computer technologies to help them sell more properties and stay in contact with their clients.
Location - Situated in the heart of the city LREW agents can spend less time driving around and more time conducting meaningful business or enjoying time with their families.
Productivity Coaching - REAL WORLD TRAINING has helped agents at Living Real Estate build their business the correct way. They do the simple things everyday that make their businesses more productive than the average agent.
Investment - It costs real money to be a real estate agent. At Living Real Estate agents invest in their businesses. Fees are very competetive and plans flexible.
Environment - Agents working at Living Real Estate understand that there is plenty of business out there for the ones that are willing to go after it. They know they don't have to reinvent the wheel, simply follow the processes, write more offers and sell more properties.
Agreements - LREW agents don't have personal one sided contracts with the brokerage that lock them into unreasonable financial obligations.
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Getting yourself ready for winter is a snap. Gloves? Check! Scarf? Right here. But readying your home for a long, cold season is another story. So, until someone invents a turtleneck sweater you can put around your house when it gets cold, there's some organizing to do. We've got the tips to help you.
Organizing your home for winter can seem like an annoying and perhaps unnecessary chore. But the financial benefits will outweigh any feelings of being "put out." Winter heating costs can skyrocket if your windows are poorly insulated, your plumbing breaks, or if the heating system is out-of-date. Ensuring your home is prepped properly can save you a nice chunk of change while protecting your property for years to come.
Looking at a giant to-do list is overwhelming. To save frustration, break it down into two or three jobs you can tackle over the next three to four weekends. First up, windows. Check each one in the house for drafts and insulation needs. The following week, inspect pipes to avoid an unfortunate burst in January. You can make things even easier by dividing the job among the family. Assign each person a room to inspect and report back on whether it's ready for winter.
Drain the water from your outdoor faucets and garden hoses and arrange to have any in-ground sprinkler pipes blown out. Roll up the garden hoses and store them inside. Identify any "problem" pipes that are prone to freezing in the house and consider using heat tape to keep them warm during extremely cold weather. If the worst happens, ensure everyone in the family knows how to turn off the water at the source. This will minimize leaking when and if a pipe bursts.
Everyone enjoys cozy evenings by a crackling fire? Ensure your fireplace is ready to provide warm nights all winter. Be sure to have the chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional before the first frost. Also, have a professional perform a routine check of the heating systems before cold weather arrives. This should include vacuuming the vents and other heating components. If your furnace has a filter, check to see if it needs replacing. For more energy savings, consider installing a setback thermostat that keeps the home cooler when you are asleep or away.
Keep drafts to a minimum this winter. If you have them, install storm windows and doors -- and don't overlook the basement. Add or replace worn weather stripping around the doors and windows and caulk any gaps. If doorstops are worn, replace them. If any pipes or ducts travel through an exterior wall, be sure to use caulking and weather-stripping around all entry points. These steps will block any potential entry points for cold air. That's an idea you can warm up to.
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Do You Have “Recalled” Products in Your Home?
You’ve no doubt noticed the occasional news report about a product being recalled for safety reasons. For example, a car model with a brake problem, or a children’s toy that, under some circumstances, may cause injury.
You may not know that these news reports are merely the tip of the iceberg. For each product recall you hear about in the media, there are dozens that get little, if any, publicity.
That means there may be products in your home that have been recalled — and you don’t even know about it. It’s a scary thought.
How do you find out about recalled products that may affect you? Here are two tips.
If you discover that a product in your home has been recalled, contact the manufacturer immediately. Never assume that the reason for the recall won’t apply to you.