The idea was that since light is coming in like a window, we could call these bedrooms. What I have found, though, is that sometimes people don’t like these doors. It’s not so much they need a window, though that can be part of it. They just don’t seem to like how the doors opened exposes their bedroom to the rest of the unit and any guests they may have. So though I don’t think this really is a huge problem, and I have seen some nice condos with this style of bedroom, I find that buyers are not the craziest about these kinds of sliding doors.
GENERAL WEIRDNESS I recently saw a condo unit with two windows facing outside. One of the windows was in reasonably placed in the bedroom. The other was in a walk-in closet. Not exactly a space your going to spend a lot of time. And if there’s anywhere in the building where you don’t want a window, it would be your closet. Not exactly a place you need fresh air and light. You also don’t really need your neighbours watching you select your morning outfit.
This is kindof a given, but generally if you want to sell your condo, get rid of the florescent lights. It’s a home not an office from 1983.
With that list of what to avoid, here are some things to look for when buying. Again, these may not matter to you personally, but for resale, this will make a difference.
People like light. We are plant-like that way. We have an innate desire to seek out vitamin D. So, go to those condos with some light. It’s not always easy in a city like Toronto, but some of the sunniest homes in the city are in the sky.
WINDOWS IN THE BEDROOM People like to have a bedroom in their window. I don’t know if it’s the cool breeze you can have if your window opens or just the act of throwing the curtains open in the morning to see the skyline, but windows in the bedroom are a good thing for most buyers.
Even if condo buyers are not big cooks, they do aspire to be. And they will seek out a condo with a kitchen they can cook in, even if they hardly ever use it. And a note to those folks who have island counters with stools along side to sit. Make sure the counter doesn’t end at the base of the counter bar. Extend it over the edge of the counter so your guests knees will fit underneath.
A DEN THAT’S A DEN…
…and not a space in the hallway. Also, a den that doesn’t look like a place where you would send someone for solitary confinement.
A PLACE THAT FEELS BIG EVEN WHEN IT IS NOT
Less hallways, wider units as oppose to long ones. Possibly a deck that makes the inside extend to the outside in the warmer months. When it’s more open, it feels bigger, though people prefer their bedrooms separate if possible.
Hopefully this list will be a guide for you if you are currently buying a condo. It may be tough to get them all, but try to get most of them. If you are selling, and you don’t have the condo that does not seem very appealing according to my points above, don’t worry. There are things that can be done to minimize these downfalls. Sometimes unappealing condo units have things that buyers do like such as location and proximity to friends, family, work. And there is always ways to maximize your condo for sale, no matter what you have. But that’s a discussion for another blog or with me directly.