Sunday, August 9, 2009

Appeal of a Smaller Home

Statistics from the National Association of Homebuilders show that the square footage of homes has shrunk in recent years. This is a trend that is likely to continue given the current economy.
This may be an opportune time for owners of smaller homes to sell, according to a recent article published in Realty Times, which provided these tips for giving a small home big appeal to buyers:

  • Accentuate storage space. A buyer must sense that a smaller home has enough storage space to accommodate their everyday needs. Clear out the attic and/or basement if the home has them. In addition, built-in furniture or custom closets also provide convenient, hidden storage.

  • Create an office niche. Home offices are very popular, but a smaller home might not have an extra room to use for this purpose. Using a decorative screen around a small desk or tucking one away beneath a staircase shows buyers how they can still have a home office in a small space.

  • Make the most of space. In the kitchen, clear appliances from the counters and mount them under the cabinets for a clutter-free look. Avoid crowding a small living room with an oversized couch, and instead consider several comfortable chairs that may fit better and open up the room.
Smitha Ramchandani is a licensed real estate professional at Weichert Realtors' Morristown West, New Jersey office. She is a Certified Buyer Specialist and a Home Marketing Expert.. You can reach Smitha at: 973-953-7777 Mobile or 973-455-1900 Extension 122 (Office) or online at: or or