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September 10, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski

Before You Sell, Add Some Storage

You may be used to not having enough storage or living with your closets and garage bulging with stuff. Look around your home and see where you could add an extra closet: under the stairs, in the garage, unused space in your lanai? For less than $2000, you can build one within your home without tearing down walls.

Window Seat Bookend By Closets
Window bench with pillowws and storageIf you have a bedroom with a window in the center of the wall, you could install a closet on both sides and then build a window seat between them, creating a cozy nook that your next buyer will love and have extra storage to boot. You could even keep the closet shelves open and create a real reading nook around the window seat. No window? Just build out the wall and create a floor to ceiling closet with some open and some closed shelves, drawers etc. Paint it the same color of the walls and it will fade within the room. Paint it in contrasting colors and make it a showpiece your next buyers will admire.

Closet Space Under The Stairs
Many homes already have space cut out under the stairs but don’t make it fully functional. Install a bar for hanging clothes, shoe bags and sweater boxes. Store items in cabinets on wheels, so they can be rolled out when needed and easily moved within the storage space. This would be a great space for change of weather clothes, sporting equipment, rarely used kitchen equipment or that extra set of china and glassware only used for company..

August 28, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski

Before Resale-Open Up Your Kitchen

Do you wish you had a more open kitchen; a home that can entertain into the family room or dining room or den.  So many homes built in the 70’s and 80’s have these closed in kitchens in Tampa Bay.  And if you want to make your home more appealing to your next buyer, you don’t need a lot of money to add some pizzazz.

And trust me, every home with closed narrow kitchens
that I show to clients all say,
” Well, we will have to remodel the kitchen.”

Remove a Peninsulakitchen
Now granted you may not be able to spend a fortune on a brand new kitchen, but for less than $5000, you can give a whole new look to your existing one.  If you have a “peninsula” cabinet/countertop extending from the wall with cabinets above, you may feel like a short order cook passing food through it.  Why not remove the cabinets above for less than $1000 and hang some colorful lighting above the bar stools.

Details That Standout
If you are worried about losing some cabinet space, just remove the doors and the backs of the cabinets, give it a fresh coat of paint and use the open space for storing good looking kitchen needs.  How about installing pull out drawers in the existing cabinets around the kitchen because this always gets a wow positive response from both men and women.  And while you are at it, check out drawer dividers and shelf lifters that organize its contents.  Perhaps you can find room to build a 10-inch deep pantry in or near the kitchen (under the stairs?)

Opening Up the Floor Plan
Now for less than $5000 you can remove the wall separating it from the dining room and that includes repairing and refinishing the area around it.  And flank some built-ins are both sides of the entryway and use for dining ware storage.  This way you could eliminate the bulky cabinet or buffet and leave more room around your dining table.  If the wall separating both rooms is a weight-bearing wall, build a middle post for support and allowing for walk-thru and breakfast bar with bar stools.

July 15, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski

Before Resale, Move Your Laundry Room and Get More Space In Your Garage

Get your laundry out of the garage.  You may be used to doing your laundry in a hot, messy, dreary garage but your next buyer will not be looking forward to it. Give yourself a break and find a 3 x 3 foot space An image of a extremely organized garagenear the kitchen or a bathroom. Minimizing any further plumbing work, it will cost less than $3000 to stack 2 front loading units within a closet or corner.  And with that extra space in the garage, stack cabinets and storage units in its place and create space for your cars in the garage.

While many people in Tampa Bay use their garage only for storage (since we don’t have basements), don’t do it.  Show a full 2 car garage + great storage and you are showing your next buyers that you they will have plenty of storage for them.  And if your garage is spotless and organized, that would be an extra bonus.  If you are packing, put things in storage rather than throwing everything in the garage..