"Don't underestimate the power of a front door. People make up their minds in the first seven seconds of entering a house." -- Kristin Wellins, ERA Real Estate.
Brokers Tell All: 10 Ways to Boost House Value
Knock out a non-structural wall, or even remove that kitchen island. Anything that opens the space and creates a sense of flow in the house is generating a response from buyers who can afford to be choosy. For the price of a few hundred dollars, you'll transform the feel of the house. "Right now buyers want a wide open floor plan, the living room right off the kitchen. They are into big spaces," says Kristin Wellins, Senior Manager of Program Development for ERA Real Estate.Seattle broker Reba Haas says a kitchen island can be an asset, creating needed storage space. But if the kitchen has enough cabinets, it could pay to haul the island away. Haas says homeowners might want to consider a moveable island. "You can adjust them to you needs," she explains.Get It Done• Knock Out Walls and Remove a Doorway• Create a Budget Breakfast Nook• Tear Down a Pass-Through Wall