Do You Feel that the Square Footage in New Homes is Shrinking?

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.

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