A Brand Name Dan Quayle Could Love*

What’s today’s hottest new home amenity?

No, it’s not silestone counters, ever-thinner wall TV’s, or Fireplaces in unexpected places (Master Bedroom, anyone?). 

It’s a . . . deluxe shed.

At least, that’s based on a very unscientific polling of a couple families we know (including mine).

Winter Prep

Like us, they all have a couple kids who are now big enough to bike, ski, sled, etc. — which means accumulating aforesaid bikes, skis, sleds, etc.

Of course, those items have to compete for scarce garage space with the usual complement of rakes, shovels, a lawn mower, snow blower, etc.

The solution?

Earmark an underused corner of the yard for a 10′ x 10′ shed.

Including any needed site prep (tree removal, crushed gravel pad, etc.), total cost comes to about $4k – $5k — a far cry from the $50k a new room addition could easily cost.

In the bargain, a shed allows families to easily get both cars in the (hopefully) attached garage — the ultimate amenity the next few months in wintry Minnesota.

*See this post for the inadvertent confusion caused by a (too?) cute brand name.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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