New owner? Are you planing on selling soon? I've seen tv shows with
realtors preaching that bedrooms (numbers) and bathrooms (numbers and
quality) sell houses. You might be reducing the value of your home.
Also, some local taxes are based on bedrooms and bathrooms, so you
migt then be overpaying for taxes for what you have.
Might want to consult with a designer/builder and keep that bathroom,
and get options to increase your kitchen size.
Good luck, and keep us up to date with what you do.
tom @ www.Mesothelioma-Lawyers-List.com
Sitting here, looking at text post across the internet, I'd lean
toward "yeah, it very well may reduce the value of your home."
There's no field in MLS for "pantry."
However, the reality is in the details. The old wisdom is "kitchens
and bathrooms sell homes" and of course, here you're at odds with each
other. If you can make that pantry really cool and really memorable
such that it makes the female half of the couple looking at your home
next light up and say "wow that's cool and unique, and I love it! A
walk in closet for the kitchen! WOW! Now that I think about it hte
other places in this neighborhood don't have enough kitchen storage!"
then you may sell faster or for more money than otherwise.
But if you make that pantry look like a converted bathroom such that
it sticks out with mixed feelings, and you're reducing your MLS
bathroom count by .1 you may be undermining resale value.
A good idea if you can do it in the wall, perhaps behind an access
panel(s). The toilet drain will be the one requiring some
creativity. And the ceiling vent might be something you want to hide
somehow so the buyers can't look up and say "Do I want my food in a
place people used to crap?"
That's the nuttiness about value--perception becomes reality in a
hurry, and there's no way of reliably predicting what folks will love
Make a pantry and a happy wife. Allow yourself the ability; later, to
convert back to a half bath. Disclose this in any future sale, or
negotiate an allowance for a buyer to convert the space. They might
even like the pantry.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas A. Edison
I cannot recall a real estate add that listed a pantry as a feature,
even for homes that I know have pantries. Its not uncommon around here
to convert a pantry into a half-bath, as many of these older homes are
multi-story with no bath on the main floor. I think life styles have
changed and people no longer buy the large quantities of food that they
used to, so we no longer need pantries. Even modern kitchens lack what
I feel is sufficient storage space, and I think that is because people
want preparation or eating space, and it is so common in many places to
go out to dinner, or at least order in. My son and his wife live in
California and in all the visits we have made there, she has cooked a
meal only once; we almost always go out.
So I would give a lot of thought as to just what you would need a pantry
for, before spending the money on tearing out a half-bath, and almost
certainly reducing your equity in your home.
On the other hand, if you call it a wine cellar, that sounds like an
It depends very much on the age of the homes. Here (Rochester NY), there are
tons of very nice homes built between 1900 and 1950, many of which contain
very nice pantries. They are frequently mentioned in real estate ads, along
with pictures. Sometimes a pantry is nothing but a walk-in closet. Others
are more like a room, and can be very useful when planned correctly.
I spoke with a real estate agent that I know. He said for me (in
central FL), this would not hurt the value of my home and also said "in
many cases, it's a very good selling point". Our kitchen is small with
virtually no storage space. We do not buy alot of food, but with
pots/pans, crockpots, pancake griddle and so on, we have very little
I have to admit, pantries seem to be limited in central FL, but at
every house that did have one, it was listed as a selling feature.
Well, overall this would de-value the house. The number of baths,
number of bedrooms, and square footage are basic in determining value.
If you plan on staying there it really doesn't matter. Strange, when
you add a bathroom it may increase your property tax, but when you
take away a bathroom your property tax will stay the same. To find
out approximately how much your house will devalue, contact a
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