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8 Must Have Items for a Small Condo

 

8 Must Have Items for A Small Condo
Guest Blog by Lisa Atwell 

Alt: a modern minimalist small condo, symbolizing must-have items for a small condo

 

If you happen to be moving from a house to a condo, you will probably have to adjust to having a smaller amount of space where you can place all of the household items that you hold so dear. This kind of adjustment can be tricky to handle, especially if you are not willing or used to downsizing your personal belongings. Luckily, a few must-have items for a small condo can help you make use of the space available to you prudently and efficiently.

Most condo owners have to compromise when it comes to their property's location and size. Buying a smaller condo at a better location is sometimes a prudent decision, even despite the fact your living space might be limited when it comes to the placement of furniture, decoration, and other items that make up a home.

Nevertheless, the amount of free space you have in the condo should in no way be a deal-breaker if everything else works for you since there are a few nifty and affordable items that will radically improve the organization of your living space. Let’s take a look at what they are.

 

1. A Convertible Sofa Bed

If you are in the midst of designing the interior of your home, it makes sense first to figure out if you can somehow swap larger pieces of furniture for its less clunky counterparts. This is where a convertible sofa or any other type of convertible bed might solve most of your interior design issues.

Convertible sofa beds have garnered a bad reputation for being uncomfortable, unseemly, and even annoying over the years (i.e., coming home late from work only to deal with an old

convertible sofa bed is the definition of drag). As a result, some people flinch at the thought of having these beds in their homes.

However, the furniture industry has vastly improved the design and mechanisms that constitute these types of beds, making them great, stylish, and most importantly, still comfortable substitutes for your traditional double bed.

 

2. A Murphy Bed

On the other hand, since you are looking to make the most out of your space, you might want to consider placing a Murphy bed that incorporates storage space or shelves into one of your rooms. In this way, you will solve two issues at once - you will have more free space, which a bed would otherwise occupy, and more storage space for books and other items.

 

3. A Shoe Rack

It is only when you move into your condo that you will realize just how many pairs of shoes you own. It is rather inconvenient to downsize on your shoes, especially if you are a sneaker or high-heels aficionado. Also, even if you have a small walk-in closet or some other type of storage in your condo, such as basement storage space, you might find it frustrating to have to rummage through your shoe collection to find the pair that you feel like wearing that day.

If you have no other choice but to store your shoes in a storage unit, keeping a tidy unit is an absolute must, be it in a basement, cellar, or a safe storage unit outside your home. With a precise organization of your storage spaces, you will be able to locate the items that you need to move to your condo in the shortest amount of time.

If you still prefer to keep all or most of your shoes somewhere inside the condo, this is where a well-organized shoe rack might come to your rescue! Based on the space available, you can go for a wooden slide-open option or a less stylish but equally functional shoe rack placed at the back of a door.

In fact, there are a variety of shoe racks you can choose from based on their size, material, appearance, etc. Choose one that makes sense for your condo's color scheme and organization.

A shoe rack will free up space in your hallway and allow you to reach your favorite pairs easily.

Alt: a wood shoe rack with two pairs of sneakers

 

4. Magnetic Knife Wall Rack

A magnetic knife wall rack is the must-have item for a small condo as it saves not only kitchen space but also a lot of time when you are in the midst of a cooking session! It also saves a lot of drawer space for other cooking utensils.

Furthermore, having your collection of cooking knives out on display is another way you can make use of this storage-saving item since it is a practical and stylish decorative item at the same time.

 

5. TV Wall Mounts

Speaking of wall racks, mounting your television on the wall allows you to free up space in your living room, bedroom, or kitchen. This way, you automatically do not need to incorporate a separate furniture piece to place your TV on it.

Additionally, you will be able to watch TV from a more enjoyable angle. TV wall mounts come in various lengths and forms, which makes it easy for you to move or skew your TV any way you like.

 

6. A Mounted Table

Another way to save space is to incorporate a wood table that can serve three purposes at once. So, when placed right, your mounted table can 'multitask' as a desk, a dining table, and a vanity, making it one of the must-have items for a small condo. In addition, the metal brackets used to hold the table will add a minimalist, industrial vibe to your place.

A mounted table is a great way to save space in your kitchen or living room and is one of the must-have items for a small condo.

Alt: a mounted brown wood table in a modern kitchen

 

7. Over-the-sink Cutting Board

Unfortunately for people who enjoy cooking, small condos rarely have large kitchens. As a result, a cutting board you can place over the sink can create an additional kitchen surface you can use to prepare your food. Having an over-the-sink cutting board allows you to place your kitchen appliances in the designated areas without compromising your cooking habits.

 

8. A storage ottoman

Another way you can save a significant amount of space is to place a storage ottoman that can serve various purposes at once. So, you can use storage ottomans to store your clothing or bedding and when you need extra sitting space.

An ottoman can be used for storage and sitting simultaneously.

Alt: a small round ottoman in a white stylish living room

 

Since ottomans are sturdy enough to wihstand an adult's weight, especially if they are full of clothing or other items for support, this truly makes them one of the must-have items for a small condo!

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Author Bio

Lisa Atwell is an interior designer with a penchant for incorporating minimalist solutions for organizing living space. She draws inspiration from Japanese and Norwegian architectural styles, given that their primary theoretical tenet is to maintain the integrity of the space at all costs. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she occasionally practices the art of growing bonsai trees.

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    Fall Into A Seller's Market


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    Fall Into a Sellers' Market

    The leaves have turned, the air has cooled and the days are getting shorter. These are the sure signs of autumn, and the change of seasons is about the only sense of normalcy we've experienced this year! 

    Despite the uncertainty that exists in many of aspects of our daily lives, one thing is for certain; It is an excellent time to be a seller in the Vermont Real Estate Market. Inventory Levels continue to drop precipitously from already low levels. Recent Statistics released by the Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors show that as of August 2020 year over year inventory of single family homes and condominiums are down a whopping 48.8% and 49.7% respectively. That represents an almost halving of inventory compared to last year when one of the industries challenges was lack of inventory. 

    Perhaps just as tellingly, The Months of Supply of inventory is just 2.3 for Single Family Homes (down 52.1% from the same time in 2019) and just 1.1 month for condominiums and townhomes (down 52.2%). When one considers that a balanced supply is 6 months we can see that demand is far outpacing supply. 

    Interest rates continue to remain appetizingly low. Recent conversations with prominent local lenders indicate a 30 year fixed is hovering right around 3.0% while I've heard quotes of 15 year fixed mortgages being as low as 2.25%!

    All of the above show that this is a fantastic time to be a seller. Conventional wisdom has long caused people to believe the last quarter of the year as being a poor time to sell. Like with much of life this year, that thinking is upside down. We know that now is terrific time to sell, but no one knows what the year, months or days ahead will bring. If you'd like to take advantage of a Free Market Analysis and Seller Consultation, please CONTACT ME TODAY!

     

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      Tips for Moving from a House to a Condo

       

      Tips for moving from a house to a condo

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      Figure 1 Alt.tag: A living room in a condo.

      Moving from a house to a condo is certainly a major change. However, a great number of those who have gone through this experience say that adjusting to the new circumstances did not take long. While it is true that by making this step you lose the space and privacy you got accustomed to, you will be surprised by the wealth of amenities condos offer and by all the beauty of living in an attractive and convenient location. So, read the information on the subject we have prepared, choose the right team of professionals to help you with this endeavor, and finally start your search for the perfect condo that meets all your needs and requirements. 

      When is the right time for the move?

      If you have a busy lifestyle that involves spending a lot of time at the office or on frequent travels, you are rarely at home. You certainly use less and less space in your house during these hours when you are not on the go. Proper maintenance is difficult to achieve as you lack the time and the energy. These are all evident signs that you need to somehow simplify your living. Understandably, moving from a house to a condo emerges as a reasonable decision. 

      The pros and cons of moving from a house to a condo

      Undeniably, living in a condo comes with its specific set of advantages and disadvantages. Being acquainted with them will help you decide whether a condo is the right choice for you.

      The pros of living in a condo

      Firstly, living in a condo equals less maintenance and fewer chores. Instead of spending time on tedious activities like mowing your lawn, cleaning, taking care of the driveway and yard, you can enrich your life by doing something you like and enjoy. Furthermore, you will save money as well, because house maintenance often comes with a hefty price tag.  

      Living in a condo also entitles you to various amenities depending on the community you choose. From pools, gyms, tennis courts to community rooms, you will have a wide range of options to relax and improve the quality of your free time. 

      Living in a desirable and convenient area will become possible and it will be considerably different from living in the suburbs where most of the houses are located. 

      Finally, condo residents cherish a strong sense of community, take great pride in it, and very often find some close friends among their neighbors. If you live in a typical neighborhood with large family houses, you understand the difference.

      The cons of living in a condo

      One of the greatest cons of living in a condo is less space at your disposal. If you have gotten accustomed to impressive square footage, getting used to the new living space might seem like mission impossible. The truth is that the size of the condo you decide to buy depends on the money you are willing to invest. If you can afford it, buying a condo with two or three bedrooms in an attractive location is easily manageable. Adjusting to the new living space will thus be far from a serious challenge.  

      Buying a condo can be more expensive than buying a house as the price for the square foot can be higher. However, if you prioritize and budget accordingly, the price will not be much of a problem. Remember that by buying a condo, you also buy convenience and an attractive location. 

      The Home Owners Association fees can sometimes be overwhelming, but if you pay for the amenities you will surely use and appreciate, they will be worth every dollar you invest.

      Finally, living in a condo is noisier than living in single-family neighborhoods as you share walls and floors with your neighbors. However, if you do research properly and find out everything about the condo communities you might enter, chances are you will choose reasonably and be able to avoid this problem. So, give your best not to make one of the most common mistakes when buying a condo - making a hasty decision. 

      Moving from a house to a condo

      How to downsize and declutter effectively?

      Downsizing can be tough, but a proper and timely constructed plan can solve all the potential problems. Firstly, it is very important to make a detailed list of all the items that are essential to you, those you cannot live without. These possessions will be relocated to your new home. Start with the planning at least a month prior to the moving date because you will need time to decide what to do with the items you don’t need anymore. 

      Decluttering does not necessarily mean throwing away all those possessions you do not use. There is a wide range of options for what to do with these items. Since buying a condo and then moving is a great expense, you can even earn a few dollars by selling some items that are in good condition. Organize a garage sale or try selling them online or on Craigslist. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

      Also, donating some of the items is a viable solution as well. You can give some of the items to your family and friends or take some to a donation center. 

      Pack smartly

      Proper packing is the core of every moving process. It will take most of your preparation time and it requires an organized and efficient strategy that guarantees the safety of your possessions. 

      While packing some of your items is not so demanding, packing heavy and bulky furniture, fragile items, or electronic devices, for example, is a genuine challenge. Think about hiring professionals for the job as this will be a much cheaper option than dealing with the consequences of damaged items. 

      Professional assistance is always an intelligent choice

      Having experienced professionals by your side is always a good decision when moving to another city in Vermont or even just a few blocks away. They have the knowledge, skills, and equipment necessary to handle your relocation in no time without endangering the safety of your belongings. Opting for professional assistance guarantees the least stressful move one can experience.

      A few more points to pay attention to

      One of the most important things that make moving from a house to a condo considerably different from other moving processes is that, depending on the floor on which the condo is located, some extra assistance might be necessary. If there are a lot of stairs and no elevator, or you have some furniture items that require special handling, you will have to spend a few dollars more on this task. Remember that some buildings have large elevators for moving purposes only, so get informed about this and book the elevator in advance to avoid any inconveniences. 

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      About the Author:
      Jackie Williams is a freelance writer, working with a number of reputable moving companies. She enjoys writing on the topics of relocation, home improvement, and DIY projects. In her spare time, Jackie loves leafing through interior design magazines and searching for inspiration.

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      SUMMER IS IN FULL SWING

      It has been a busy couple of months for The Condoguy Team! We have several New Listings in the works, as well as many properties Under Contract! 

      Thinking of Buying or Selling a home?  Let us know!

      See a property you are interested in? We conduct virtual and in person tours now!

      From our team to yours we wish you the best during these unusual times!

      The Condo Guy Team

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        Bright Indicators in Supply/Demand Remains Strong/"The Vermont Bump"


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        Bright Indicators in Supply/Demand Remains Strong/"The Vermont Bump"

         

        As the leaves and flowers begin to cautiously appear with spring's true arrival so do signs of activity in The Vermont Real Estate Market. New Listings available in Greater Burlington came to a screeching halt following the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 and the Stay Home order that ensued. This dwindling supply came on the heels of several years of low levels of inventory. Happily for home buyers, more homes have started to appear allowing for a for some availability. Competition for new listings continues to be quite fierce as mortgage rates remain at historical lows and pent-up demand is finally able to be released. National markets are showing similar trends. According to Forbes "Realtor.com recorded a decrease of 29% [in new listings year over year] for the week ending May 9th".

         

        While mortgage rates remain strong there's been indications of banks tightening up requirements in the form of higher credit scores and greater cash reserves from potential borrowers. The long-term impacts of drastic unemployment figures remain uncertain. It's currently a strong sellers market in our localized area, but it's impossible to say if and how long to continue. If you're considering selling now may be the time. 

         

        Entirely anecdotal, but my team and I have seen a massive influx of potential out of state buyers inquiring about Vermont real estate. In conversations it appears that most of these folks are from denser urban areas and are seeking more open space with great quality of life. Many people can now work from anywhere and Vermont presents an appealing option for those currently in Greater New York City and Boston markets with relatively affordable prices and close proximity by plane for visits back to employer headquarters.

         

        Each day is bringing new surprises. One constant is the tireless sacrifice and professionalism shown by our essential workers and first responders. Thank you for keeping us fed, safe, and healthy. I wish all of you health, happiness and solidarity during these trying times.Together, we'll make it through. 

         

        Thank You,

         

        The Condo Guy Team    

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          Real Estate in a Pandemic

           

          Real Estate in a Pandemic

          Recent months have shown us that lives can be endangered and upended in a very short amount of time. The COVID-19 pandemic which appeared to many of us as a far off news story, soon entered our lives in a very real and personal way.

          Our priority at The Condo Guy Team right now is to be responsible citizens and Stay Home as directed by Governor Phil Scott. We're checking in on our current and past clients to see if they're well and have everything they need during this challenging time. The health of our community and our front line health care workers is paramount right now. I'm inspired everyday by the sacrifices I see people make and the professionalism exhibited by our local institutions. 

          While our thoughts are on doing the right thing, many people are still curious about the state of the Vermont Real Estate Market and the Vermont Condo Market. Real Estate Professionals have been deemed non-essential and therefore, we're all working from home. However, we are still staying in touch with clients, conducting virtual showings through video or remote conferencing and some buyers are willing to enter into Purchase & Sale Contracts without setting foot into a home. We're anticipating Governor Scott's Stay Home order will be extended past April 15th, but we're currently scheduling appointments later into the spring and summer. 

          Based on low mortgage interest rates and the fact we entered this crisis with very limited inventory, we're anticipating that there will be pent-up demand when the real estate market opens up a little bit. I'm still providing free video home valuations and seller consultations so that people are ready to go when the time is right. Preparing now will set us up for success in the future. 

          No one can predict what the future will bring, but there are many market indicators that housing will be one of the beacons leading us through any economic downturn. Please view the attached slide presentation with info from industry experts. If you'd like to discuss current and future market conditions, I'd love to set-up a Facetime, Zoom call, Microsoft Team meeting, Google Hangout or just a good old fashioned phone call.

           

          Remember to stay safe, stay healthy and stay home. We'll meet again soon!    

           

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