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Karen Wall, Other/Just Looking in Plano, TX

Is the expense of changing gold door handles, bathroom fixtures and other gold hardware to brushed nickel important when reburbishing a home?

Asked by Karen Wall, Plano, TX Sun Mar 11, 2012

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I'm into brass hardwares... just bought a new home with all new brushed nickel fixtures. would like to trade if your hardwares are still in good condition. thank you!
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I believe it is. Those details can drive the price up and also tell the buyer this is a quality home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 24, 2012
Fashion is something that has to be seen to be evaluated properly.

Some people do like the oil-rubbed bronze. Personally, if I wanted my house to look like it came from the Old West, I'd put a lone star on the outside.
Remember the avocado refrigerators? I just saw a loft with near-avocado colored appliances. I didn't care for the color, but it did look good.

Tina does have a good point about price point. More expensive homes will need more attention to detail to get top dollar. If the home doesn't have niches and a media room, you're probably trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. But high-end homes could equally benefit from staging, not just changing finish on fixtures.

Step back and look at the overall effect of not just finish but also decorations, and if your willing to invest, ask your Realtor for a decorator reference.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 16, 2012
I've done this before on several renovation projects. The actual cost of the hardware (door: knobs/handles, hinges, kickplates, deadbolts, stoppers, strike plates, etc.; light fixtures, and kitchen/bath fixtures) is not the major hurdle, probably about $1-2K total. The expensive part is the time and effort needed to find and get all the right matching components. Often, you're not be able to find proper replacements for the old finishings. In those cases, you'll need to spend quite a bit of time making the new parts fit, and you may find you need to spend a few thousand on an electrician and plumber to retrofit your old connections for your new fixtures (unless you're super handy). When all the labor is factored in, the total cost can run into the $3-5K range.

So, when the total cost is taken into consideration, I would only do the change on homes over $300K.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 12, 2012
Might as well, Karen!

Susie Kay, GRI, CHMS, SFR
United Real Estate
III Lincoln Centre, 5430 LBJ Freeway #280
Dallas, TX 78240

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 12, 2012
I always recommend that my sellers do the "little things" when updating their home too. Not jus the big stuff like a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Of course, it depends on the home. If NOTHING is updated, then I don't have them do anything. If they have a lot of great updates, but are missing a few key pieces I do ask them to finish those up. They really do make a difference. Also, cleaning/organizing/decluttering are going to be a HUGE help when selling...and it doesn't cost you anything but time.

Good luck!
Melissa Hailey - North Texas Top Team, Realtors
Coldwell Banker Jane Henry Realtors
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 12, 2012
Yes get rid of the brass. It is amazing how just the small feature handles & faucets can make a huge difference visually. If it is not for resale but personal use, you can always do a few at a time - my daughter did that she would buy a fixture out of each paycheck. By the way put in the lever handles rather than doorknobs. also more updated looking.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 12, 2012
Brass shows an out dated home.

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Credit Repair Advisor
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 12, 2012
Yes.....brass is out.... brushed nickle or oil rubbed bronze in.....
If you have the time, you can refinish some items.
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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
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