The Serious Business of Wall Removal ~ Pat's "Market Wise" Q&A column in San Jose Mercury News
Q: We are going to sell our five-bedroom home in an established neighborhood. Two of the agents we interviewed commented the master bedroom was “on the small size.” Would it make sense to enlarge the master suite by taking out the wall of the adjoining bedroom?
A: Although the removal of walls is serious business, the topic is often spoken in an off-handed manner. If you do not remove the wall, make sure you and your agent(s) do not discuss that option in a glib fashion. Instead, have all the plans to remove the wall approved by the local building department. Let the wall removal documents speak for you and your agents. Even then, the buyers will trust “your option” to be cast in stone.
Conversely, think of all the pools of buyers that would be interested in a five-bedroom home. Nowadays, many family trees are living under one roof. Other buyers would love his and her offices/ craft rooms and/or a guest bedroom. While some buyers have trailing grandparents or returning adult children.
No doubt a five-bedroom house would generate more actively, than a four bedroom. Only mention a four-bedroom floor plan option if you are providing city building department approved documentation created by a licensed structural engineer.
Sunday, February 28. 2016
Broker Pat Kapowich, of Kapowich Real Estate is full-service Realtor He can be reached at (408) 245-7700 or Pat@SiliconValleyBroker.com