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Does removing the coat closet on the first floor hurt our value?

We are remodeling our kitchen and one idea is to remove the coat closet so that space can be added to the kitchen and we can add cabinets and open up the kitchen.  Will this change hurt our value or resale possibilities?
  • January 29 2012 - Crofton
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A well -planned modern kitchen is a more valuable attraction than a coat closet.  If you are concerned about storage space, find a spot near the front door for an attractive antique wardrobe or armoire.
  • February 17 2012
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Not at all!  Sure, most Crofton home buyers expect to have a coat closet, but a GREAT KITCHEN trumps almost any flaw in a home.
  • February 02 2012
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Not really.  In most cased people are seeking more space and if done nicely its a plus.  Go for it. and get a coat rack.  I don't know if you have any other places to place the coats nearby but please consider the inconvience of not have a closet on the first floor
  • January 31 2012
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I'll echo what others have said. We have a lot of homes in the DC metro area that don't have coat closets, and if your renovation really adds a lot of beauty and functionality to your kitchen then its worth the loss of the closet. I like the idea of a nice coat hook type deal...
  • January 30 2012
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4 hook coat rack. x2 if its a bigger house for families with the second one at 4'

problem solved.

they have some nice ones at home depot.
  • January 30 2012
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First, let me state I am a Realtor AND an Appraiser.
I think most buyers would love the new kitchen.
Some may not even notice that there is no coat closet.
But some will and whether or not that is an issue for them is personal to them.  Where will YOU put your coats?  What other options are there?

We once sold a large older home (over 100 years old) with NO closets anywhere in the whole house.  I don't know if the buyer just didn't realize, or if they just didn't care.

  • January 30 2012
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It is a trade off but if your remodel of the kitchen wows you and the buyers, go for it! Good luck.
  • January 29 2012
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If you are planning to stay in this house for 5 or more years, do what is more important for your family.

Good luck and enjoy your new kitchen!
  • January 29 2012
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I would say no. Buyers looking at your house will key on your new kitchen and not really think about the coat closet until after they buy or write an offer.

Few people will immediately think about that closet, so if taking the closet makes for a better overall kitchen layout, I would do it and not look back.
  • January 29 2012
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I agree with Thomas's reply, it is a trade-off and to some extent depends on a) how great of an improvement this will mean to the kitchen (is it already pretty open and not short of cabinet space, or would this be the determining factor in a big improvement), and b) what other option there is for people as far as coat storage.

A kitchen sells a home far better than a coat closet will, so if it's the difference between ending up with an open kitchen with good cabinet space or not, I believe the kitchen would win.  Just know that people do expect coat storage on the main level, so if you can come up with any other solution for that (even if it's not ideal, i.e. a wardrobe somewhere), that will be worth putting some time into as well.
  • January 29 2012
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 With your question phrased this way, I would expect a fair amount of "Yes" answer, but the reality is that more people will value a larger, more open, and better functioning kitchen for day to day life.
 Those yes answers will have some truth to them in that each and every potential buyer might view a lack of coat closet negatively, but if the kitchen changes greatly over shadow this fact, many might not notice. Kitchens and Baths sell houses so it may not be such a huge detractor if the kitchen has that WOW factor.
 I would suggest another determining factor should be how long you think you will remain in the home. 5 years or more; do whatever will fit your needs best. Less than 5, consider that change carefully, and consult with a few local real estate pros for their opinions.
 Good luck with your remodel,
Thomas Richard
 
  • January 29 2012
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