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    Hi ladies, I just saw last nights house rules episode and fell in love with the laundry (picture below). My laundry is a similar shape as their old laundry and has the exterior door in the same place. They have removed the door and put a window there instead. We'd like to renovate our laundry next year, and I'm thinking this could be an option for us to give us more useable space. The only other way into the backyard is through the back door which comes off our main living area. We very rarely use the external laundry door, but I was wondering whether others would see this as less functional if they were buying the house? We plan to stay here for at least another 7 or so years but don't want to make a decision which will exclude buyers.

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    The majority of houses I've lived in haven't had a laundry with an external door, so it wouldn't worry me at all.

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    Depends on the location of the clothes line. I use my external laundry door all the time as it is close to the clothes line

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    I dont have an external laundry door - go through the main living area.

    I agree with the poster above - it totally depends on where your clothes line etc are. If it means a long walk around, then I would keep the door. If you have to go past the back door anyway (as in my situation), then get rid of the door.

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    It wouldn't bother me as we have one and never use it. If I open it, it's only to air the room out but a window could do that.

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    Buyers won't not buy your house because it's a long walk to the clothes line! As much as some might prefer it it's not a deal breaker for most buyers, location, size, renovations etc are the most important thing when buying a family home, sure some may prefer it but I'd take extra storage over an extra door any time

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    Lack of external door would only worry me if the clothesline was directly outside the laundry and it was a PITA to walk through the main living areas. In my current house it wouldn't be an issue.

    The laundry you have pictured looks fabulous. I would recommend you get a condenser drier though using a vented drier would make a laundry without an external door too humid.

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    Thanks for your opinions :-) I'm glad to hear that the laundry door isn't a must have. It's about the same distance to the main clothesline from the laundry door and the back door, but we have a huge retractable clothesline under our outdoor entertaining area which I actually prefer to use so if future buyers are the same as me, they will use the main clothesline as infrequently as me.

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    Wouldn't put me off buying a house at all.

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