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A Great Lesson I Learned From A Novi Home Buyer

Real Estate Agent with Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor

I number of years ago we were helping a couple relocate from Virginia to the Plymouth/Northville/Novi area here in Michigan.

Buyer Agent Novi Michigan

They ended up purchasing a nice home in Novi, however one thing they were very sensitive about was a front hall closet.

I grew up in a home built in the 1960s with a front hall closet and I guess I took front hall closets for granted.

This couple currently owned a 3,000 square foot two-story brick home in the middle of a pine forest. That sounded like a great home till they told me it didn't have a front hall closet. That meant that every time they had guests in the fall, winter, or spring they would need to take their guests coats at the front door and walk into their primary bedroom and throw them on the bed. Just like they had to do when they were impoverished college students.

They did a lot of entertaining and it drove them nuts.

Since that time I've always been sensitive to point out when a home was lacking a front hall closet, and even discuss the scenario of bringing guests in the front door in the winter with home buyers.

If you are in the market for a home in the Novi area give us a call. We love to discuss home buying and how we can help protect you during that process.

Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Mar 31, 2023 01:37 AM
Jon Boyd

Thank you Richard. I hope you have a great day also!

Mar 31, 2023 08:31 AM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

Interesting thought, entry closet's can have a huge advantage something I think most buyers never consider? thanks for sharing.

Mar 31, 2023 02:52 AM
Jon Boyd

It is incredibly easy for a buyer not even to notice a front hall closet. Then it is probably even easier for a buyer not to notice the absence of a front hall closet.

I just like to point it out so our buyers don't feel like those Novi home buyers felt. 


Thanks for the note.

Mar 31, 2023 08:33 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I have experienced what you are posting, where we piled everyone’s coats on our bed 

Mar 31, 2023 03:28 AM
Jon Boyd

It is funny. I think this is one of those things we get more sensitive to as we get older. I don't even remember where I put my coat in my first house that didn't have a front hall closet. Probably in part because I was single and didn't entertain much. (It was a 1940s small 1.5 story.)

Mar 31, 2023 08:35 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That's interesting - I don't pay special attention to front closets but it is an important thing. My coat closet is around the corner from the front door and it's not very big and is always full. So we do take coats and put them in another room. It's never bothered me but I do entertain somewhat regularly. Maybe I should get a coat rack and place it near the front door!

Mar 31, 2023 05:27 AM
Jon Boyd

That reminds me of another story about front hall closets. This was about a couple relocating from Atlanta where they both grew up. You know Atlanta, the one in Georgia? Down south? Where it is warm?

When I pointed out the front hall closets, the wife actually asked what people use them for. I guess that makes sense. I guess they don't have a lot of jackets or raincoats, much less bulky winter clothes in Atlanta.

I moved to Michigan when I was three so it is hard for me to imagine not needing a front hall closet.

Mar 31, 2023 08:41 AM