Spring is almost upon us and as the saying goes, a young man’s thoughts turn to love.
An older man’s thoughts turn to storage. Which isn’t nearly as poetic and as far as bumper stickers go will probably never be that popular.
The change of seasons is when we take certain stuff out of wherever we stashed it, shake it out and get ready to use it again. Trading snow shovels for lawnmowers, skiis for bikes, winter coats for shorts and tshirts.
If you have ever lived in a home without enough storage, you realize how important it is to the ease and comfort of your every day living.
That condo with no closet near the front door ends up with a coat rack cluttering up the hallway at best, and a pile of coats and shoes precariously piled on a side table at worst.
The house with no garage or basement storage ends up looking like a used furniture store, with cabinets, ottomans and other storage units multiplying throughout the house wherever space can be found.
I find it fascinating that storage plays such an important role in our happiness and productivity (our ability to get things – fun and not fun – done) yet isn’t a priority for many builders.
When stagers are brought into homes, the most common advice I hear is to declutter and hide any evidence of the storage shortage in the home. We want to present a home for sale that is organized, clean and not crowded. In short, a home where storage is in abundance.
Given how many people look for storage as a crucial element in their purchase decision, it always surprises me when not many Realtors emphasize that in their listings.
A search of available listings in the GTA showed only about 4% of the listings use the word storage. In contrast, descriptive words like beautiful (21%) and gorgeous (11%) show up fairly regularly. The clear winner in my very unscientific search was family, at a whopping 28% of listings using that word.
Here’s a quick word cloud for you of the results.
Given how important storage is to daily living, it makes sense to focus on it as a way to add value to your home. Taking nooks and otherwise not usable spaces in your home and building in storage solutions both makes your home easier to live in and adds value when it comes time to sell.
If you or someone you like are considering buying or selling a home, perhaps because there’s no where to put all our damn stuff, then please get in touch. I’d love to be responsible for what comes next.
Include a volume for bulk storage in the building – its floor area at least 15 to 20 percent of the whole building area – not less. Place this storage somewhere in the building where it costs less than other rooms – because of course, it doesn’t need a finish.
This lesson puts a number (15 to 20% of total area) on how much storage a place needs. We see basements in houses that used to serve this purpose converted to living spaces, which is great for that purpose but means there is no longer enough storage space. One of the most common reason people move is because they need more space, and when you look into it, it is often that they need storage for stuff – kids toys, bikes, and so on.