Blog :: 09-2017

Tips to maximize your small kitchen.

Not every home is equipped with a spacious kitchen, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style or function! We have some great tips to help maximize any small kitchen.

 

The ceiling is the limit. 

The extent to which you'll be able to expand your storage upward will depend upon the amount of cabinetry your kitchen has. That being said, nearly every kitchen can use some amount of wall space. If you have an older home with less cabinets, installing rows of shelves is an excellent way to get utensils, appliances, cutting boards cookbooks up off of the counters. If you don't have room for extra shelving, you will have to make the most of the space between the counter tops and the bottoms of the cabinets. This can be a great area to install a spice rack, or hang magnetic strips for knives. You can even set up metal rods to hang utensils from! Sometimes it just takes a little extra creativity to figure out what will work best. 

 

 

 

Under the sink storage.

If you're like most of us, the area under your kitchen sink has become a black hole filled with miscellaneous cleaning supplies. If that sounds like you, it's time to invest in some under the sink storage  to make the most of this space. You'll be shocked at how much room you have once you get everything up and organized! You might even find a lost "treasure" or two in the process. 

 

 

Upgrade your lighting.

You know what makes a small kitchen feel even smaller? Bad lighting. Upgrading your fixtures is a relatively simple and inexpensive project that'll not only make your space feel more open, but also give you a chance to show off your style! We're especially fond of pendant lights in a small kitchen. You can find some great ones here

 

 

 

Pops of color.

Last but not least, don't be afraid to add a few pops of color! Like we said earlier, having a small space doesn't mean you need to sacrifice style. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how far a well placed piece of art, a colorful dish towel or a vase of flowers will go toward adding interest. 

 

Top Home Staging Tips That Sell Homes Faster & For More Money

 

 

According to the National Association of Realtors, for every $100 invested in staging, the potential return is $400! Staged homes not only bring in higher offers, but they normally sell much quicker than their non-staged counterparts. If you're thinking of listing your home, we would highly recommend at least some level of staging. Read on for our top tips to get your home prepped for sale.

 

 

 

Keep Decor Neutral.

Neutral doesn't have to mean boring. What we mean is avoid bold, bright colors (this includes stark white!) all throughout the home. The goal here is to appeal to the masses, and while your favorite color may be fuchsia, it won't necessarily translate well to potential buyers. That being said, we're providing tips to give you the best return on your investment, so if re-painting is out of the question, it'll just require some extra attention and thoughtful accessorizing to convince buyers that fuchsia might be their new favorite color.

 

 

 

De-Clutter

When buyers walk into your home, they want to be able to picture themselves, and their belongings there. Think of this step as a head-start on packing, and really minimize any extra possessions. A vase of flowers and a nice painting here and there will be great, but it's time to pack up personal pictures, diplomas, framed certificates, refrigerator art, etc. It's not that buyers wouldn't like your taste, it's that their goal is to make the space their own. It's easier to do that if personal possessions are kept to a minimum. While we're on the topic, this is also a good time to consider removing anything that could be considered divisive (think political memorabilia and the like). 

 

 

 

 

Strike a balance.

Yes, you're right, we just told you to minimize your personal possessions. But, what you don't want to do is go too far and remove every stitch of personality from the home. Selling a vacant home can be just as challenging as selling an overcrowded one. Remember how we said buyers are trying to picture themselves living in your home? That'll be a lot easier to do when rooms remain furnished. Surprisingly, furnished rooms actually appear bigger than empty ones! They also show less flaws and make it appear as though you're not in a huge rush to sell. Sometimes a vacant home can give that impression and therefore bring in lower offers. 

 

 

 

 

Remodel with caution.

Not only is remodeling generally a very pricey and time consuming process, but it can be a big gamble. Furthermore, if you need to take out a loan in order to fund your remodel, it could be harmful to your credit score and run you the risk of not recouping your investment. Even sellers with the best of intentions can't predict what buyers will be looking for in terms of decor. This is one of those situations where you'd be wise to consult with your realtor and get their opinion before taking on an extensive remodel. That being said, cosmetic fixes and repairs are always good things to get taken care of before listing your home. 

 

 

 

 

Be Timeless.

Interior design trends, just like fashion trends, come and go and there is a fine line between retro-funk and just plain out dated decor. When preparing your home for sale, it's best to air on the side of caution and avoid anything too trendy. A pop of color here and there (think pillows, curtains, bedding) can be very tasteful, but avoid anything that could read as out dated (shag carpeting, ruffled tapestry etc.).

 

Did you know that we offer home staging advice? If you're considering listing your home, we will happily offer personalized guidance to steer you in the right direction! Send us an email for more information. 

We're expecting magnificent foliage this year!

Photo credit: Elliot Rocheleau

 

Fall is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful times of the year in Vermont. We're known to have some of the best, and most vibrant foliage in the entire nation! With the season quickly approaching, we're anticipating an especially magnificent array this year.

 

A mild summer with rain early on, and tapering in the later months has set the stage for near perfect foliage, according to Jim Salge of Yankee Magazine. In fact, he claims "It's the most optimistic forecast I've had in a couple of years!

With foliage set to peak in our area at the end of September and early weeks of October, we have a lot to look forward to this year. There are lots of fun fall activities for the entire family that will allow you to really take in the color. Some of our favorites include apple picking, pumpkin picking, foliage hikes and family corn mazes.

 

We'd love to see photos of the foliage in your area! Please send photos to our Marketing Director to be featured on our Facebook page!

 

 

 

 

Tips to make your mudroom look like a million bucks

What better time to revamp your mudroom than at the beginning of a new school year? We have some tips to put your entryway to work and keep your family organized. These suggestions won't break the bank and they'll be sure to help you get out the door faster every morning, and keep your home from seasonal damage.

 

A message board, or large calendar, will help keep you and your family organized. I've found making lists not only helps with organization, but also time management and stress relief. Plus, if everyone knows what's on the schedule for the upcoming week, it'll be a lot easier to get out the door on time!

 

Add some hooks for easy and quick organization! We'd suggest at least 4 hooks per person to keep every day essentials (keys, backpacks, totes, jackets etc.) at-the-ready when you need them.

If space allows, building cubbies is an EXCELLENT way to maximize space and really take organization to the next level. Imagine the convenience of every family member having a designated space for the things they take to work or school every day! This may not seem life changing in the summer, but think about winter when we have to add bulky coats, hats, mittens and boots into the mix. You'll be thankful for the extra space. 

Mud rooms and entry ways are typically on the smaller side. Adding a mirror will make your space look larger while also giving everyone one last chance to get themselves together before running out the door. 

If space allows, we would highly suggest adding a bench or two to your mud room. Not only will it make it easier to put on and pull off boots and shoes, but it'll encourage your guests to remove footwear before entering your home.

We can't stress this tip enough! We know by now that life in Vermont gets messy - especially in the winter and spring. Choosing flooring that will hold up to moisture is crucial. We'd suggest tile flooring which will withstand whatever you throw at it, and is easy to clean.

The mud room is an excellent place to organize your pet's accessories as well! A couple of hooks will keep leashes and other necessities at-the-ready when walk time rolls around. This is also a nice place to keep extra pet food, toys and pet carriers.