One of the things you do leading up to putting your house on the market is check out the competition. You want to know what places like yours are going for and how much renovating and decorating is required to make yours stand out in the crowd.
That’s why we stopped by the open house down the street a few weeks ago. It was a well-staged unit, but we knew enough to recognize it was greatly overpriced. From what we could gather, the sellers are in an unfortunate situation all too common in today’s housing climate. If we read the realtor correctly, the couple had bought into an ARM that was coming due. Because they had bought shortly before the collapse of the housing bubble, they were upside-down on their mortgage, meaning they probably didn’t have a lot of options to come down in price. Bummer.
We’re in a 1,300-foot town home. As you might guess, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for storage. The house we visited was similar to ours, but they came up with a creative storage idea and we wondered why it never occurred to us. We opened their front closet that was in the same place as ours. The difference, however, was that unlike all the coats that filled ours, shelves lined these walls. These shelves turned it into a pantry filled with canned goods and other food items. The light bulb went on!
A trip to Fleet Farm, Home Depot and The Container Store and we were on our way! Brent, once again, is my hero. He spent Saturday afternoon installing new shelves which leaves more room in our Tupperware cupboard. If you think that sounds minor, you have not seen me wrestle with this cupboard, time after time, after time. It usually won. But that was before the closet victory!