Selling an older home?
Be sure to salvage valuable fixtures from your vintage property. This needs to happen long before the final walkthrough. Once your house is sold and you turn the keys over to the new owner, they own everything. Every light bulb, nail, and the roll of toilet paper, belongs to the person who bought your house.
Aside from your furniture and personal effects, there are valuable items throughout your home. Some of these things are worth hanging onto. Especially if you have a vintage property, be sure to look around carefully and make changes before you begin showing your property. Once the house goes into escrow, you can no longer make changes.
Reclaimed wood is a piece of history. It’s full of character and can be used to build features in your next home. You can build a rugged mantle over your fireplace or use the wood to build furniture. Also, the more wood we repurpose, the better it is for the environment because it takes the pressure off of forests.
Sinks and Glass
Take a look at your bathroom sinks. If your home was built circa the 40s, you might score a cast iron sink. Brand new these cost $500. If you like the look remove it carefully and replace it with something else—before you show your home.
Some of the most popularly salvaged building materials from vintage homes are stained glass windows. They aren’t particularly efficient so if you live in a chilly climate or will be running the air conditioning, you may want to add insulated glass panels. These will also protect the stained glass, which is very expensive to repair.
Bits and Pieces
Stroll around your property checking for small fixtures and items you might want to use as accents in your new home. For instance, door knockers, door knobs, electrical switch plate covers and such vintage items are worthy of consideration.
Your vintage home might sell for more with everything intact. It’s a decision you’ll have to make. Just remember to decide before you show your home. Potential buyers don’t cotton to changes after they’ve already imagined the home as theirs.