As a buyer begins to transition into a different style of living in order to be in Market Common where they can walk to multiple restaurants & shops, there are some sacrifices that must be made. First and foremost, reducing in size 1000 sf and moving from a single-family home into a townhouse and going from nearly an acre lot to being side-by-side sharing walls with neighbors. 1000 square feet... WOW... That is a lot of furniture, clothes, or SOMETHING that will have to go somewhere. None of your current furniture will fit - nor is it the fun, "transitional" look you want to achieve.
One of the major factors leading to buying a town home for people is that there isn't a lawn to care for- leaving more time for work, family, & fun. THE most important features in selecting the style or the plan of the townhouse for many people has to do with having a pet and needing an enclosed area. You something where your furry friend will have a living area outside. The townhouse with a courtyard is the ideal solution and to make it even better, if it doesn't have pavers or concrete and has some grass...BINGO!!! You have found the perfect one... now the journey begins...
Adjusting to a much smaller living space and in this case one where the living area is long & rectangular creates somewhat of a layout dilemma. Trying to find a layout that doesn't look boxy or make the area look even smaller than it actually is. In many of these units the furniture is too large & bulky which makes the room dark & heavy.
Where do you begin? HOUZZ is excellent for design & layout ideas. If you can, find a floor plan of the layout you are purchasing, and even bring out the graphing paper. Last time I personally did this it wash dangerous because I realized that all of the furniture in my home being built wouldn't fit, so the builder ended up with a building permit and a remodeling permit as I decided the bedroom needed an additional 6 feet added to accommodate all of my furniture & a sitting area. Graphing paper can be dangerous!!! I know there are many new apps with the ability to arrange furniture. MagicPlan, Room Creator, Home Design 3D, Rooms & Room Scan Pro are a few apps that can simply this process.
When planning your living space, ask yourself questions that help identify your most important need for space. Do you need a separate dining area? Do you need a work area? What approach works for you... do you utilize the furnishings you have? If you are downsizing, how do you eliminate things from the new home... if an item doesn't bring you joy & you are downsizing... eliminate it. After a little thought, you might decide you don't need a dining table because there is a bar area. After all, with all the great restaurants nearby at places such as Market Common, it might be tempting to eat out every night. The gas range which was previously very important to you might be immaterial . A better use of the dining space might be a work area. Perhaps 2 separate spaces where one is for a living area... maybe with a wall fireplace & large tv above on the wall to maximize the floor area. A desk is often needed, so perhaps the desk could even be placed behind the sofa so if you want to watch tv while doing a little work, it is possible. At the same time it will offset the living area. Just a few beginning thoughts on this journey.
Remember to have a focal point, have a clear path for a walkway, have conversation areas,& keep it simple - AVOID CLUTTER! You could even place a call to a Home Organizer/Stager to help come up with ideas. If you are designing a room, do you use pencil, paper, and a measuring tape or is there an app that makes this easier for you? Life and technology ... no matter how you get there... this is your HOME and that won't change no matter what route you use to achieve the end result. Home Sweet Home!!!
*JUST LISTED!* ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR 4BR/3BA NORTH CORNER END UNIT LOCATED IN THE EXCLUSIVE SOUTHWIND RESORT ALONG THE GOLDEN MILE IN MYRTLE BEACH. ACCESS TO HUGE WRAP-AROUND BALCONY IS PROVIDED THROUGH FLOOR TO CEILING GLASS SLIDERS FROM THE MASTER BEDROOM & 2 LOCATIONS IN THE EXPANSIVE LIVING ROOM. SIDE BALCONY OFF LARGEST BEDROOM ALSO PROVIDES SIDE OCEANVIEW & SPECTACULAR VIEW OF THE NORTHERN COASTLINE. UNIT BOASTS HIGH CEILINGS, UPGRADED FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, WALK-IN CLOSETS, UPGRADED CARPET, FULL-SERVICE KITCHEN W/STAINLESS APPLIANCES, FORMAL DINING ROOM, AWESOME MASTER SUITE W/BALCONY ACCESS, MASTER BATH W/WALK-IN SHOWER, CORNER JETTED TUB, & WALK-IN CLOSET. THIS RESORT BOASTS A LARGE OCEANFRONT OUTDOOR POOL, LARGE INDOOR POOL, OCEANFRONT LAZY RIVER AND INDOOR/OUTDOOR JACUZZIS. LOCATED IN THE DESIRABLE GOLDEN MILE, THIS CONDO HAS NOT BEEN ON THE RENTAL PROGRAM AND ONLY USED AS A 2ND HOME. Trane HVAC INSTALLED IN 2013 AND HOT WATER HEATER IN 2016.
Everyone regardless of age or generation wants a move-in ready home. Move-in ready is less about Kitchen and Bath "Pop" and more about what's going on behind the fixtures and cupboards. 62% of buyers want energy efficiency and 56% want low maintenance. In most cases, buyers are prepared to pay for what they want. There has been a 10% decrease in Return on Investment for upscale remodeling costs. The highest resale payback involves fixing what's broken, outdated, or inefficient. Here's a couple of reminders for profitability and salability when updating to sell your home.
Don't forget to update outdated structural issues and mechanical issues when getting engrossed in HGTV and Pinterest visual preparations. These structural issues can end up killing a sale after the inspection costing you time and money. This is where a pre listing inspection is more valuable than spending money on staging. The National Association of Realtors gives a new roof a 109 percent ROI. The 2017 Cost vs. Value Report gives top honors to what's going on under the roof, with a 107.7 percent payback for fiberglass attic insulation. Energy efficient HVAC systems and new windows or doors have never looked better nor impacted the seller's pockets more.
Curb appeal is more important than ever. Buyers start online looking at the exterior of homes and then move to the interior photos. Exterior improvements that are a great attention getter for buyers are landscaping, fresh paint, new doors, windows, siding, and roof.
Based on 2017 data , here are the top 10 home improvements in terms of ROI according to Remodeling magazines; 2017 Cost vs. Value Report:
-Garage Door Replacement: 98.3%
-Manufactured Stone Veneer: 97.1%
-Deck Addition (wood): 82.8%
-Minor Kitchen Remodel: 81.1%
- Siding Replacement:76.7%
-Window Replacement (vinyl) 74.3%
-Universal Bath Design: 70.6%
-Bathroom Remodel: 70.1%
-Window Replacement (wood): 69.5%
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath new construction home situated on large lot (0.68 Acre) & NOT in a Subdivision. Beautiful durable tile flooring living area, kitchen, and baths. Granite countertops in kitchen, pantry, stainless steel appliances, and custom made cabinetry. Vaulted ceilings. Master suite has a separate shower and tub, double vanity sink w/granite countertop, and a transom window over the tub to allow in natural light. Walk-in closet and ceiling fan in master. Split bedroom plan with other 2 bedrooms and bath on the opposite side of home as the master. Linen closet and coat closet. Ceiling Fans in all bedrooms. Granite in both baths. 2 Car garage (20.4x21)with opener and pull down attic storage. You want believe this back yard... more than enough room for a pool, playset, detached garage and more. Boat parking and RV parking allowed - NO HOA. Situated just 5 minutes to Hwy 22 and 8 minutes to Hwy 31 and 10 minutes to Wal-Mart. Located just across from the Waccamaw River, this home is also only 5 minutes to the closest public boat landing. Best of country living but less than 20 minutes to North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, and Conway. Home is located in area that qualifies for USDA 0 Down.
Built in 2014...still very YOUNG! If you are looking for luxury with lovely details, look no further. Spacious 4BR/3.5 BA home with very large kitchen, great room and Carolina room. Crown molding, gorgeous granite counter tops, and beautiful cabinets, large laundry room, circular driveway, extra large garage and walk in attic are a few of its many outstanding features. There is an extra kitchen, but if you prefer an office or rec. room, it could be converted. Home Sweet Home is located in popular Plantation Lakes with a wonderful amenity center and close to food and shopping.