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May 2019


Whether you are moving up or scaling down, consider the impact that your belongings and collectiions have on how much house you need! A larger home is an invitation to accumulate, but when scaling down, some painful decisions may have to be made!

Stephanie Sherriff
Luxury Collection Specialist   |   2694880417

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statistics on stuff

Are home sizes dictated by stuff?

 The average home purchased in 2018 was 1,900 square feet in size, had three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and cost $249,500, according to the National Association of REALTORS.

  1. According to GarageWorks, a quarter of the households that have two-car garages store so much that there is no room to park any cars. The average American woman owns 30 different outfits, compared to women in the 1930s who owned only nine. The U.S. is home to 3.1% of the world’s children, yet consumes 40% of the world’s toys.
  2. That’s a lot of stuff, which has helped the self-storage industry grow into a $38 billion powerhouse. One in 11 Americans pays $91.14 per month to store stuff in approximately 48,500 storage facilities in the U.S. - more locations than McDonalds and Starbucks combined.

The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals says Americans don’t use 80% of the things they keep. They cope by hiring professionals to organize their stuff.

already living in your dream home?

To move or not to move?

If the reason for a move is to have a more spectacular kitchen, one way to increase the volume of your present kitchen is to open the ceiling into unused attic space.  A coffered ceiling is a way to add interest.  Get advice from an expert before taking a sledge hammer to your ceiling!  Consider what other changes your kitchen would require to be updated, and what it would cost, then weigh the alternatives of staying or leaving.  This suggestion is also one to keep in mind when house hunting; it may be just what a kitchen needs to be truly spectacular.

Is a wall blocking your view in the kitchen?

Imagine combining the kitchen with the adjacent living area and separating them with a raised buffet/bar with seating!  An entertainer's dream come true!  If you have already decided to raise the ceiling in the kitchen, find out if the same can happen in the adjoining room.  In this case, a cathedral ceiling was possible for a very dramatic effect.  If you have ties to your present home and location, it may be worth investigating how to make changes that would make you fall in love with it all over again!

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