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Is it worth it changing out the bright brass fixtures to something else?

Asked by Ali, Missouri City (Houston metro) Thu Feb 7, 2008

We live in a home in west Missouri City (we are part of First Colony HOA) built in 2002. Just east of us is the older area of Quail Valley, but just south of us is the new and upscale area Riverstone. West of us is more First Colony and Sugar Land, most homes older than ours but good schools. My question is would it be worth it to change all of our bright brass fixtures, faucets, door knobs etc. to a finish that is more desirable in today's market?
We've already changed all the lights and done lots of landscaping in back. Our neighborhood is great, located close to everything, only drawback is our elementary and middle school rank low compared to others in nearby neighborhoods (high school is good though). Our home is about 3500 sq ft and we bought it for $255k in 2002 with lots of upgrades like tile and wood floors, 3 car garage, bonus room, doorway arches, Corian counters.

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Yes , I agree with everyone, new buyers and renters are watching HGTV.......pricing , comparing , and aware of what's new all those smaller details are not overlooked.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 21, 2011
Yes - we've found that in Texas, where new homes abound, updating the hardware in a home can help it compete against new homes and sell for more. The 'builder brass' basic option isn't even used much by the builders anymore. Don't go to the mall to do a project like this. The price can be astronomical. Find a hardware store. Doorknobs, faucets, and light fixtures are pretty simple projects - but do it with a friend, as an extra set of hands never hurts. Stick with one color/style theme throughout the home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 8, 2009
I was just showing a buyer in Missouri City and we noticed how dated shiny brass looked vs new builder product. If you do this change, be consistent and do everything: knobs, hinges, thresholds all need to match. This can get expensive, so consult your Realtor to see if the change will get you a payback.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 8, 2009
I agree with Linda that the updated look is best. Shiny brass is out. Rather than buy new, have you considered painting them? There are plenty of web sites that can give instructions. That should be a quick and inexpensive fix.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 8, 2008
Whatever you can do to make your house feel updated and move in ready will help it sell. It is usually most desirable to have all of the "finishes" the same throughout the house. Currently the chrome/ brushed chrome finish (less expensive than nickel) is in vogue. Depending on the cost (number of fixtures to replace) it may be worth the expense.
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