Mon 01 Mar 2021
With news that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The housing market shows no signs of slowing down, however, with rumours of an extension to the stamp duty holiday and other favourable market conditions encouraging people to move home quickly.
But how can buyers prepare for a big move without overcrowding their current space? Below, using advice from self-storage company Space Station, we list six ways to maintain a comfortable living space while building a collection for a future move.
Go unfurnished or part-furnished
Many flats in Kent come with the option of being furnished or unfurnished. It may sound obvious, but choosing an unfurnished flat is the best route if your long-term plan is to compile your own homely belongings to take with you when you move.
Plus, any furniture already in place in a furnished flat will only take up space you could be using for your own.
Invest in storage space
If you’re in a furnished property and want to get ahead on buying larger items, such as sofas or dining furniture, it may be worth investing in some self-storage space.
It doesn’t need to be expensive, either. There are plenty of options in terms of size and cost, and online tools can help to work out exactly what you need based on what furniture you have.
Utilise storage within furniture
No matter where you live, household items such as beds and sofas are a top priority when it comes to accumulating homely belongings.
These can also be used for storage. An ottoman storage bed or a sofa set with a foot pouffe container, for example, are stylish storage options ideal for storing clothes, bedding and extra cushions.
Scale down where possible
Having limited living space isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can encourage you to think more wisely when planning the layout of your home and you can save space with the basic furniture you buy.
While long-term goals may include a king-size bed or a cosy L-shaped sofa, scaling down to a double bed or a two-seater sofa in the short-term can save valuable floorspace.
Display stylish décor on ladder shelves
Shelving is often the key to increasing storage in a property, whilst also providing your home with some striking decor.
A ladder shelf not only helps make your living space look the part, but will also allow you to display multiple items without invading too much floor space.
Install hooks and rails to keep the space tidy
A simple, inexpensive way to maximise space is to install temporary hooks or hanging rails inside cupboards or doors.
These will enable you to almost double what you can store in the kitchen, such as a spice rack or pots and pans, and hang items such as dressing gowns and towels in your bathroom.
Working closely with an experienced, knowledgeable estate agent – one which understands the area you are buying in intimately – can help to ensure a smooth transaction.
As an experienced sales agent working in Maidstone and surrounding areas, we can assist you through all components of the buying journey during these complicated times. For more information, contact us today.
If you happen to be selling before you buy, we also provide a free and instant online valuation to give you an estimate of how much your home could go for in the current marketplace.