We are also pleased enough w/ the district to remain here for a few more years if we have to. Of course we always dream of a buyer who will be as stoked about the original features as we were and still are. After reading your responses I'm able to breathe a sigh of relief.
Leave them. When people walk through your home and your Agent points out these wonderful features, they'll make for great selling points. From what you've described, it sounds like potential buyers will not just be buying a home, they'll be buying history. That is a HUGE selling point for many buyers. Personally, there is nothing cooler than an updated and modern home, with a classical and historical touch and original features.
By the way, if you do decide to remove these items and remodel, if you haven't done so yet, make sure your house isn't located in some "historical district" that might have some guidelines on what you can add or remove.
Conlon: A Real Estate Company
This is a great question. As I would expect the responses to be split 50/50 right down the middle. I personally would leave everything as is. They just don't build them like they used to. What you have is rare and the right Buyer will pay for it. Speaking of the right Buyer no one know Norristown better than my office. We have been one of the leading real estate companies in the borough for over 35 years. I would love an opportunity to speak with you about the marketing of your property and show you why we are so successful at finding Buyers for homes in Norristown. You can reach me directly at 610-994-1147. I am looking forward to speaking with you in the near future.
Gregory S. Parker, ABR, CRS, GRI, GREEN
Coldwell Banker Realty Professionals
2924 Swede Road
East Norriton, PA 19401
Office 610-277-5000 Ext. 249
I know Norristown very well as that is where I grew up and many of my relatives are still there. There are so many homes on the market in Norristown and much competition. If you want to sell the house as quickly as possible and make a profit as you stated I would leave those items in the house. You will need an edge over the other competition and that very well may give it to you. When remodeling the kitchen try to build off of those features that your home has. Many buyers love the character of the older homes and you will be able to provide that them. Make sure that these features are a large part of the marketing as it will make more buyers interested in your home.
Some other quick tips for you to make sure your home shines above others;
Complete all repairs that are needed. (It seems you are taking care of this)
Make sure your home is cleaned top to bottom including the inside and outside of windos.
Create a focal point for the front door area. Remember the first impression someone has of your home is the outside. Perhaps add large colored pots to frame the door and put an evergreen in them.
Become a minimalist! Be sure that that the house is clear of clutter and arrange furniture so that the rooms appear large.
If you need a recommendation for a contractor contact Rick Wilde Contracting at 610-842-3796. He does excellent work and at a reasonable price. He is also present on all the jobs completing the work. I don't know if you have a Realtor in mind to list your home but make sure you have a Realtor who is familiar with your neighborhood and a Realtor who will be honest with you about the market value of the house and provides you proof with comparables to back up the price they suggest. While its a wonderful feeling to believe you can get more for your house than you really can, it does you no good and just waste time. The first 3 weeks on the market is still a critical time for listings even though it takes longer to get them under contract these days. If it is overpriced it will not sell.
I'd be happy to look at the home for you and provide a comparable market anaylsis and to go over some itesm that may help you sell your home quicker.
Have a great day and good luck with the sale. Remember we seem to be entering an early Spring Market and homes are starting to sell. The end of February would be a good time to get started and listed.
Jennifer Daywalt, Realtor
RE/MAX Results Realty