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Preparing your home to sell: Clutter-free Countertops

Clutter-free Countertops

Today’s kitchens are filled with all kinds of gastronomical gadgets, but if you want to show your kitchen to its fullest advantage, here are five ways to keep clutter down:

  1. Store unused equipment. Which appliances do you use the most? Chances are they’re not vegetable curlers or pasta makers. Store those appliances somewhere else, such as a butler’s pantry, food pantry or the garage.
  2. Build an appliance garage. Many cabinetmakers offer an appliance garage that can be closed when not in use. You can also customize an appliance garage to extend the length of the counter.
  3. Update appliances. If you need a microwave, get one that’s also a convection oven. Commercial-grade mixers have attachments that can make pasta and knead bread. The newest coffee machines can make tea, hot chocolate and all kinds of coffee shop specialty brews.
  4. Mount what you can. Under cabinet mounting is easy to install. Paper towel racks, electric can openers, and task lighting can all be mounted under the cabinets to free up counter space. Throw out smelly dishrags and sponges, and store fresh cleaning aids in caddies under the sink.
  5. Invest in organizers. Corner cabinets can be better utilized with swing out organizers. Drawers on rollers allow better access to all your storage. One charging station should serve multiple devices. Try installing one in the hall or utility room.

Once your kitchen is better organized, you’ll find it easier to prepare for showings and buyers will have an easier time seeing the kitchen’s best features.

Smith Mountain Lake Market Report- 2015 vs 2016 First Quarter


Looks like we are starting out on another good year, similar to 2015.

Waterfront Homes
Waterfront homes are selling at about the same pace as last year, but the days on market are slightly higher which indicates that older listings are finally selling.  Better news is that the average price is up ever so slightly, and best news is that there are 37 homes pending, almost as many that have sold so far this year.
Water access home sales are holding steady with just a small increase in number of sales and average price.  Days on market is much higher, again telling me that older listings are finally getting out of the market.
Condos and Townhouses are still sluggish with a few less sales so far than last year, but a 6% increase in average sales price, and a reduction in the days on market.
Waterfront Lots still also very slow, also about the same as Q1 last year, and a significantly lower average sales price.  If you’re in the market for a lot, still a GREAT time to buy!
Based on recent showing activity it looks like the Smith Mountain Lake housing market is heating up already for the summer selling season and some new listings are selling in a matter of weeks.  Although still in an overall strong buyers market, this year might be the turning point.  If you have been waiting to buy at SML, might be the time to pull the trigger!


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