Janice Peluso | Watertown Real Estate, Waterbury Real Estate, Thomaston Real Estate

A pantry is a coveted feature for many homeowners. Especially those come from small apartments or houses. No more stacking items like the Leaning Tower of Pisa or reaching back into the endless depths hoping to land on your favorite spice mix.

However, all the extra space can cause a new organizational problem - there’s so much that you don’t know what to do with it. If finding ingredients has become an aerobics exercise from searching them top to bottom each time you cook today’s article is for you.

Instead of tall jars opt for flat square stackable containers. By taking up more surface space and less height they can’t hide behind one another. Label each container so you know at a glance which is flour and which powdered sugar.

Take advantage of the space your pantry door provides. Install hooks to hang pans or lids down the length of the door. Or for a weekend craft project install a large magnet and put spices in little jars with metal lids. You’ll just want to make sure your magnet has a strong enough hold that all of your jars don’t come crashing down each time the kids inevitably slam the door shut.

For ultimate organization install a chalkboard along the inside (or outside) of your pantry door for an ongoing shopping list. Add a small lip to hold some chalk so anyone in the family can add on to the list when they finish up the last snack of the bunch. This helps cut down on time spent taking inventory of your home staples and which need to be restocked.

Take advantage of space below shelving in your pantry with crates. These are great for storing the aforementioned kid snacks, baking items and extra items you stock up on to stretch the time between shopping trips. Install wheels on the bottom to make them easier to pull in and out or into the main kitchen area.

Create zones throughout your pantry with items like under-the-shelf racks, stacking shelves, lazy susans, and clear bins. These not only help you keep like-items together but also to capitalize on the space you have. Label bins to help the rest of your family keep things tidy. Under-the-shelf racks are great for more delicate items like bread and root vegetables to stay up and out of the way from the threats of cans and jars.

Alternatively get creative and use a shower caddy or magazine rack hung from the inside of the door for your root vegetables and bread. Measure the space between the door and shelf when closed to ensure the correct depth or match the spacing between each so the height of bins matches that of shelf spacing.

This listing recently sold for $170,000.

84-86 French Street, Watertown, CT 06795  

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Total Rooms
Location is key with great income potential for this duplex which sits on 1.29 acres giving lots of room for expansion. Great starter home with income to help pay down the mortgage. For those that are down sizing and want in-law set up or additional income would pay for property taxes and more! Unit 86 has a good size 15x12 kitchen with full bath/tiled flooring. 8x8 entry has washer/dryer hook up, large 8x8 living room. Upstairs very nice 23x15 loft/master bedroom with sky lights bringing in sunlight knotty pine paneled ceiling, lots of storage and full bath/tiled flooring. Unit 84 has new flooring throughout, a very large 23x14 kitchen with breakfast nook, 1/2 bath washer/dryer hook up tile flooring, good size 14x14 living room with fireplace (non functional) creating a nice ambiance. Upstairs has two very two good size bedrooms 14x14 and 13x13 with full bath tiled flooring and shower. This side has a full floored attic. Electric and heating is separate, all replacement windows, newer boilers/roof and new oil tanks. Very large and private driveway. Short commute to RT-8.

This listing was recently rented for $1,100.

489 Wolcott Street, Bristol, CT 06010  

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Total Rooms
Full/Half Baths
Beautiful end unit located in an inviting and well manicured complex. Bright open floor plan living and dining room with cathedral ceiling. Private deck offers more space for entertaining. Large master bedroom with ample closet. Washer/Dryer upper level. One car garage which offers more storage space and serves as access to inside of unit. Newer carpets throughout. Conveniently located near ESPN, easy access to highways!

Whether you plan on selling your house in the next few years, or if you just want to make some much needed updates to your home, renovations can be a great way to increase the value of your property.

However, not all updates will pay for themselves. Some upgrades that we want for personal reasons, such as building an addition for more space, could come back to haunt you if it isn’t to the taste of potential homebuyers in the future.

So, in this article, we’re going to talk about five simple updates to your home that have the best chance of increasing its selling price. That way, when you do finally decide to move on from your home, you can sell for the price you know your home is worth.

Improve your lighting

You don’t have to be a carpenter to increase the value of your home. When a potential buyer enters your home for the first time, two of the first things they’ll notice are the lighting and the spaciousness of the room.

Since lighting is an essential part of creating spaciousness, increasing the former will also increase the latter.

So, what are some ways you can increase lighting?

  • Add recessed lights to the ceilings of your home. It will open up space in the ceiling and allow for a greater number of lights overall.

  • Add lighting under the cabinets in your kitchen

  • Use large mirrors for decoration to increase lighting and create the illusion of spaciousness in smaller rooms

Painting for the modern homeowner

Home decor trends come and go. Not long ago, wallpaper was the go-to choice. However, the surest way to increase the value of your home is to use bright and neutral colors since, statistically, these appeal to the largest number of people.

Fresh paint and good lighting work together to make your home seem more polished and modern. And, for just a few hundred dollars, you can paint your whole home.

Remember, however, that it is easy to scuff up the walls in your home. So, it’s a good idea to paint closer to the date you think you’ll be trying to sell.

Low maintenance landscaping

While there are people who enjoy mowing the lawn on Saturday morning, those people tend to be few and far between. One thing potential buyers will consider when viewing your home is how difficult it will be to take care of the yard.

Adding an irrigation system, removing unnecessary obstacles, and planting hardy bushes and plants will woo potential buyers.

Upgrade the most outdated room in your home

If your home is in need of serious upgrades, it’s best to start with the room that needs it the most, especially if that room is a bathroom or kitchen. Replacing an old vanity or putting new tile down can be simple ways to spruce up a bathroom that’s looking dated.

Fix the little things

If you have a couple of years before you plan to sell, that gives you time to fix the small issues that you’ve noticed and will continue to notice. Maintaining your home now will give you less to worry about when the time comes to sell, and you don’t want to be dealing with leaking faucets when that day arrives.

Stones throw away from Prospect, East Mountain Park and Golf Course! Looking to downsize or are you a first time Buyer? Look no further move right into this move in condition home. Cozy is the operative word - main floor offers an open floor plan dining/living room with fireplace, very nice galley kitchen with breakfast bar, decent size bedrooms with spacious double closets. New shower enclosure in main bath. Walk out to huge deck which overlooks a pristine back yard beautiful trees and a sunset to die for. Lower level offers a finished heated play/family room. Hallway has a 5x7 closet for added storage. Other half of lower level has a 22x20 unfinished area with washer and dryer. The possibilities are yours! Driveway is 3 years old, roof is aprox 10-years old. Nothing to do but move in!

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