Monday, April 12, 2010

Making the Most of Your North Shore Space!

The Real Estate market has noticed a slight decline in the size of homes as people are looking to make better use of the space they have. Many are attempting to be as energy-efficient as possible and the thought of heating and cooler a larger home doesn’t seem worth it in the long run. Whether you are looking to buy a home in the North Shore area or if you are itching to sell, below are a few good tips for getting the best use out of a smaller space.

Assess Furniture Size: Before you buy a home or buy new furniture for your new home, assess the size of your furniture to see how it will fit in your new space. If you are hosting open houses to sell your home; be sure to remove any unnecessary furniture from the room to ensure the room looks as large as possible.

Room Mapping: Again, before buying furniture for a new home or even buying a home in the North Shore area, be sure to map out where your new or existing furniture would be placed within the room. More is not always better and being willing to pare down to the main pieces you would like to highlight can create a better flow in the room and give the appearance of more space.

Storage Smarts: If you are looking for a great deal on a North Shore home, you may have to compromise on things like storage space. Luckily, there are many options today for furniture that doubles as storage such as benches that open up as storage bins, beds that contain pull out drawers, etc… Be sure, if you are selling your home, to clean out closets to the bare minimum as potential buyers will open closets to see how much room they have to store items. If they open the door to a cluttered closet, they will have a harder time envisioning how much space they really have.

Stashed Away: Whether a closet or pantry is big or small, there are options for adding shelving and other features that allow you to get the most return on your space. However, if it seems that what you need to store is simply not going to work; reassess your items. This may be an ideal time to go through your items and see what you really use and what can be donated. Going through older or unused items before a move or just after moving into a new place is a great feeling as a new home offers a new start.

I hope these tips have been helpful as you are beginning your home search in Chicago’s North Shore or preparing for a home sale. I know of many great homes from which to choose and would enjoy helping you find your perfect fit! Not sure where to start in the home selling process? I’d be happy to help you from start to finish ensuring your home sale runs smoothly and that you are happy with the results! My experience in the North Shore market is extensive and can put you on the right track from the start! Feel free to contact me today!

Janie Bress
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