Vandalism of Period Features

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8 months ago

Vandalism of Period Features

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Vandalism of Period Features

avocadoJust bought an untouched house built in 1980 which I intend to let. The agent tells me the bathroom suite MUST go.

He assures me that no-one will want to occupy a property with green patterned tiles (100% coverage) and matching avocado suite and vanity unit thingy.

I’m having a big problem with this because its immaculate. It puts me in mind of the sixties when people were getting rid of ‘ghastly’ panel doors & iron fireplaces etc.

What’s the consensus of opinion?

Vote now!

Please put me out of my misery.

Joe

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Neil Patterson

8 months ago

Hi Joe,

It is possible it could be considered "Retro-Chic" but it would be a niche taste.

That is about as positive as I can be 🙂

david porter

8 months ago

What will it cost to replace?
What will it rent for in it's current state?
What will it rent for when it is fixed?
How expereinced is your agent?

Joe Armstrong

8 months ago

Reply to the comment left by "david porter" at "10/01/2017 - 18:06":

I'm expecting around £400, maybe a little more based on its general excellent condition - complete redecoration, electrics brand new, new carpets etc but to be honest I've always used a letting agent to set the rent and play the mind-games with prospective tenants. BUT I'm really intrigued by your last question: He's VERY experienced and well-established. What are you thinking?

Puzzler

8 months ago

Personally I love old bathrooms - even in colours. I have a lovely pink suite. It may have limited rental appeal though. Why don't you advertise it as it is and see what happens. Agents can be blinkered sometimes, I wince every time they suggest ripping out fireplaces in "homes under the hammer".

Is the picture the bathroom in question?

david porter

8 months ago

Reply to the comment left by "Joe Armstrong" at "10/01/2017 - 18:15":

Letting agents come in all shapes and sizes.
The big public company around here seems only to employ inexperienced people.
It seems to me to be a mountainout of a molehill, what other atributes are there?

Old Mrs Landlord

8 months ago

We have had a similar bathroom in our own home since we moved in twenty-two years ago, but I doubt it would appeal to many tenants. I object to ripping out perfectly serviceable fittings because they are no longer fashionable, it's a waste of the earth's limited resources. Do what you need to get it rented for whatever return you need. If you don't need to do anything, why waste your money?

Joe Armstrong

8 months ago

Reply to the comment left by "david porter" at "10/01/2017 - 19:42":

Agent has been in town for decades. In truth I trust his judgement but I just have a huge problem with destroying a perfectly functional clean & well-fitted bathroom. 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' springs to mind. the house has a lovely view over open countryside, sizeable front and rear gardens and in a quiet part of town. Certainly more ticks than crosses. I suppose I'd love to have loads of respondants saying 'just leave it' but I've got to be pragmatic. Haven't I?

david porter

8 months ago

what do other agents say?
Are there no colour blind tenants in town?
red / green clour blindness is v common?
Good luck

Joe Armstrong

8 months ago

Reply to the comment left by "Puzzler " at "10/01/2017 - 19:26":

Thanks, it DID cross my mind to dig my heels in and declare that if prospective tenants REALLY turned it down because of the colour of the bath then I'd surrender, but do I want to do that after the complete redecoration and recarpeting etc? Now's the time to act, or not act. It's not the one in the photo by the way. That was supplied by the118 people for the benefit of younger viewers who may not know what 'avacado suites' were.

Joe Armstrong

8 months ago

Reply to the comment left by "david porter" at "10/01/2017 - 22:55":

I like your thinking! Niche market eh? Might even crank up the rent eh?

Cheers David!

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