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Love Your Laundry Room

by Susanne D. Leonard, PA 06/16/2019

If you’ve lived in an apartment for any time at all, one of the biggest wishes in your new home is for in-home laundry facilities. However, when you have a large family, a busy lifestyle, and lots of clothes to care for, that wish gets bigger - you want the perfect laundry room. You dream of front-loading side-by-side units or that lovely stackable with plenty of room to sort and fold. Instead, your laundry room is a chaotic mess. So, what to do?

Tame the laundry tiger

  • If your laundry room floor space is lacking, consider hanging hooks on the wall and hanging your laundry bags for easy sorting.• Add shelving above the washer and dryer with hanging rods. Keep detergents and pre-wash products handy right above the appliances and hang your drip dry and fresh from the dryer clothes with ease.
  • If you can afford it, install enclosed shelving instead of open shelving. That way you can hide your mess out of the way.
  • Store linen in baskets of shelving so that you can quickly pull down the right container and fold your towels or sheets directly into the baskets.
  • Consider putting powdered detergents into glass canisters and liquid detergents and softeners in clear dispensers to eliminate clutter and give your laundry room and clean, organized appearance.
  • For extra drying space, install a collapsible or hanging drying rack. Make sure it has plenty of room for trying sweaters but folds back up out of the way when you need it to.
  • Hang your ironing board behind or on the back of the door to keep it out of the way when not in use. Look for a rack that includes a shelf for the iron and even extra storage space to make the most of the room you have.
  • Some homeowners share their laundry rooms with their pets. If your pet feeds or sleeps in the laundry room, consider enclosed sorting baskets to keep the temptation of rolling in your dirty clothes away from your pets. To give them their own space, consider placing their crate or kennel under the folding area.
  • If you have a very tiny space, go vertical with everything. Hang adjustable racks with shelving, wire baskets, hooks, and hanging bars all in one place.
  • When you share your laundry space with your kitchen or the rear or garage entry, you have to be strategic about storage and sorting areas. If not, you end up with clothing in your kitchen or being stepped on by anyone coming through the back door. Consider storing all the laundry supplies in a decorative cabinet with a flat surface to use for folding that looks like an intentional piece of furniture when you’re not doing laundry.

If your laundry room no longer fits your family or lifestyle, talk to your real estate professional about searching for a new laundry room with a house attached.

About the Author
Author

Susanne D. Leonard, PA

If you are looking for a real estate broker with proven experience, an intuitive mind, who takes a professional no-nonsense approach to your real estate investment, please consider my experience and credentials when buying or selling your next home.

Before I pursued a career in real estate, I was in accounting and then recruiter for large multi-national companies. In both accounting and the corporate world, attention to detail is a must. My favorite part of my recruiting career was putting the pieces together, finding just the right person for a position. As I moved into real estate, I realized that was the part of the role I loved the most – solving problems for my clients and helping them move forward with their goals.

As your real estate broker, my goal is to provide you with the research and education to help you strategize and make the best real estate investment choices for you. I have sold over $50 million in property and my experience is what you need to get your home sold or to find and negotiate to buy the right property. It is my goal as your full service real estate company to provide you with superior service at all times. Most of my business comes from referrals from my clients which is a testament to how I serve buyers and sellers. Between my childhood and high-energy careers, I have moved 32 times in my life and consider myself a well-seasoned mover. I understand what you are going through. Therefore, I strive to make your real estate transaction smooth, efficient and successful.

My background has led to several international moves as well. I am familiar with a number of different cultures and customs, having lived in Germany, Great Britain, England, Wales, Spain, Dubai, and, of course, the United States, giving you a unique advantage with any relocation needs and when working with people from a number of cultures.

I differentiate myself from other agents by conducting business concurrent to the values of RE/MAX International. These values dictate that real estate brokers operate under the principles of trust and excellence, never taking their clients’ business for granted.

Not all agents are committed to ongoing education. However I am unique in that I strive to keep myself on the cutting edge of advances in real estate rules and legislation that could affect my clients’ real estate transactions. In addition to achieving the SRES, CRS, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CNE, CIAS, CIPS and E-Pro designations, as well as my position as a Public Notary, I am responsible for education and mentoring of agents within my office.

I also offer free staging and Feng Shui consulting services. I have found that these are abundantly helpful in getting homes sold.

Whether you are selling a condo or buying that waterfront home of your dreams, put my expertise and experience to work for you. 

Designations and Awards

I believe that keeping at the industry forefront is critical in making sure your transaction runs smoothly. I do that through not only continuing education, but also through higher levels of education called “designations”. Below is a list of the designations I have achieved and how they benefit you.

Designations

  • REALTOR® – not every real estate broker is a REALTOR®. REALTORS® adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and are part of the largest trade organization in the country, making sure home ownership remains a strong part of our economy.
  • Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) – For agents who want to take their buyer skills to the next level, the ABR designation provides tools and systems to help me help buyers find the right home right now.
  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)  – Brokers with their CRS Designation have access to cutting-edge education, results-based tools and resources, and access to a large referral network so we can find just the right agent should we need to look out-of-area. This designation is also known as the “PhD of Real Estate” with less than 4% of all agents attaining it.
  • Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) – Some of the 32 addresses I have had in my life are international. I was born in Germany and have lived abroad in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Spain. This is just one reason I have obtained the Certified International Property Specialist designation. This allows me to work with international buyers and sellers, opening up the world market for your next home purchase or sale.
  • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification (SFR) – The economic downturn affected many homeowners in our area. If you think you might be facing a short sale or foreclosure, you need an advocate on your side to work with you and the bank to learn your options.
  • Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)
  • e-Pro – Since 92% of homebuyers search for homes online, it is critical that your real estate broker harnesses the power of the internet when it comes time to searching for the home of your dreams or getting your home market exposure to get it sold. My e-PRO designation has taken my tech savvy to the next level.
  • Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) – As a CNE, I have taken in-depth training on the art of negotiating, making me a stronger advocate for your needs during the transaction. My goal is to solve any problems that may be a barrier between parties in getting the transaction closed and both parties satisfied with the outcome.
  • Certified Investor Advisor Specialist (CIAS) – If you are an investor wanting to add property to your portfolio or are new to investing in real estate, my CIAS Designation will help you achieve your goals.
  • Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) – I have received the training for my ILHM designation and this is currently pending final approval. This highly-sought after designation provides ongoing training for representing buyers and sellers of luxury properties as well as a network of like-minded brokers in the event we need a resource outside the area.

Awards

  • Promise of One Award from the Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • RRA Excellence Award
  • RE/MAX 100% Club 2006-2018
  • RE/MAX Platinum Club 2014
  • RE/MAX Hall of Fame 2013