The homeselling professionals are clear about it: “Up-to-date bathrooms and kitchens are important to home buyers, so if you do nothing else, at least splurge on updating your sinks and fixtures.”
I remember when we bought our house and the real estate agent told us “The first thing you’ll want to do is update these fixtures…” Well, no. I wasn’t crazy about the fake blue and white marble formica, but there were other emergencies to attend to. Like the foil flowered wallpaper (which now I’m kinda wishing I hadn’t taken out!)
When we look at Victorian houses now, don’t we appreciate original details? We love the look of old stuff. Isn’t that why we replaced the handles on one of our sinks with some that look like they’re from a 1920’s barbershop?
I may not have the most stylish shower handle, but it works just fine and has probably been here since the house was built in 1977. Now that we’re thinking about selling our house, we’re being told to do things like replace our wood windows with vinyl, cover up that horrible fake wood paneling in the basement, and find another sink that isn’t blue. We are just tacky, tacky, tacky, I’m afraid.
“Green," reclaimed or sustainable building products are all the rage, but the greenest action is not to use them at all. I do wonder if the houses with bamboo floors and windows you can clean from the inside will sell faster than mine. Do you think it's at all possible that future generations will appreciate the brown tiles I’ve left in my shower, and the perfectly functional avocado colored sink in the laundry room?
Are you attached to any of your old fixtures?
If you’re getting rid of any old fixtures or building materials consider offering them on Freecycle, Freeshare (if you're in Rockland County) or to the Hudson Valley Materials Exchange before putting them on the curb!