Vandalism of Period Features

Vandalism of Period Features

16:18 PM, 10th January 2017, About 6 years ago 34

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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.


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S Somerset

11:43 AM, 11th January 2017, About 6 years ago

If it's proving a problem to let, you may be able to tone it down by painting everything else in the room white (inc tiles) and/or try a bath resurfacing kit to paint it white - although I've personally never tried it!!!

Colin Dartnell

12:05 PM, 11th January 2017, About 6 years ago

If you are in an are of short supply leave it as it is and see what happens. People will be glad of a good quality home more than what colour the bath is.

Sara Webb

12:05 PM, 11th January 2017, About 6 years ago



13:40 PM, 11th January 2017, About 6 years ago

Most of my bathroom suites are avocado. I have 80 flats and no tenant has ever even commented on the colour of the fittings.
I managed a house for a friend which had a perfectly good plum coloured bathroom suite that the letting agent insisted we change. We did change - Letting agent.

Chris wood

14:05 PM, 11th January 2017, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Sunny Somerset" at "11/01/2017 - 11:43":

I have heard of this service where they can supposedly change the colour of a suite by painting it with a resin based paint. Also the tiles can be done similarly.
I am not sure how effective and durable it is though. I believe it works on the ceramic basin and loos and the metal (enamelled) baths but don't know whether it would work on an acrylic (plastic) bath. I dare say it probably ain't cheap either.
Google it if you are seriously considering this option. Here's one I had a quick look at:

Gennie Nash

14:44 PM, 11th January 2017, About 6 years ago

We have a block of 10 flats, about 30 years old. They all have avocado suits with matching tiles. There's absolutely NO need to rip out a perfectly good bathroom! What a waste of money! Just a couple of the flats have been replaced with white over the past couple of years, but only because they needed it. We have NEVER been in a situation where we couldn't rent one of these flat, & people rarely even mentioned the colour of the bathroom! Keep it, if you can't rent it simply because of the bathroom then maybe reassess the situation. (Agents should have better sense than yours has shown).

The Property Man

17:09 PM, 11th January 2017, About 6 years ago

Honestly i would rip it out and put in a modern bathroom. It will appeal to a lot more tenants and the house will rent out faster. You will be able to increase the rent slightly also if you have just had a new bathroom suite put in so in the long run the bathroom will pay for itself. You've got to spend money to make money in this game. Good Luck !!

Joe Armstrong

18:01 PM, 11th January 2017, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Chris wood" at "11/01/2017 - 11:29":

The £400 was in answer to the question of the expected rent per month...but I'm very grateful that you took the time to share your opinion. it's not just about the cost (honest) it's just the more I look at it, the more decadent it seems destroying a functional clean undamaged suite just because we obviously live in such enlightened times fashion -wise!

Joe Armstrong

18:28 PM, 11th January 2017, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "sally lloyd" at "11/01/2017 - 10:39":

I'm liking that compromise solution! I had no idea I would get this many responses.


23:06 PM, 11th January 2017, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Joe Armstrong" at "11/01/2017 - 18:01":

I like the avacado suites. They are a nice reminder to us that occasionally a fashion will pop up when all taste goes out of the window before we return to common sense. Perhaps hang a 1980s poster in there for a sense of irony.

But if it's carpeted, please rip it out - it is beyond the pale.

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