Buying a house is a heady, complicated and, above all, expensive experience, especially for first-timers. And there are about a million factors to consider, apart from the actual condition and characteristics of the house itself. How safe is the neighborhood? What will your commute be like? Is the school district of quality caliber? How close are grocery stores and other shopping conveniences? What's the millage rate? Does the yard look manageable? Do the neighbors seem decent? And on and on it goes.
With so much to think about, many homebuyers might not pay attention to little things like whether they're a huge fan of the knee wall leading in from the garage, or the dividing wall that separates the kitchen from the family room.
But after a time, what seemed like a minor matter might become a major inconvenience. What to do? Follow these five steps to open up your floor plan, reshape your living space or create that dream closet.