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Do I keep laundry in entrance or move to basement?

2 years ago

I'm about to close on my first house and I love it, except for the entryway. The front door leads to a full flight of stairs to the main floor (see pic). The stairs land in a 8x7 mudroom w/laundry, so it feels like you are really entering through the laundry room (see bad pics from past owner). This house will be a resale in 3-5 years, so what would be more valuable to buyers--1) keeping the laundry in entry on the main floor (master bed/bath + second bedroom, and kitchen) or 2) moving it to the unfinished utility room (see pic) in finished basement (walkout with bedroom, full bath and family room)? If 2, is it worth it to finish the room?

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