Brass Fixtures Send CHEAP Message

February 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

An article encouraging sellers to get rid of cheap brass fixtures appeared on Inman News today, and I couldn’t agree more.  In the article, Chicago real estate agent Steve Somogyi emphatically states that he thinks dated, cheap, yellow brass fixtures send the wrong messages to buyers: C-H-E-A-P!

Changing out dated brass fixtures can dramatically improve the overall look and feel of your home, and it is a small investment that may potentially impress buyers.

For instance, if your home has a builder-standard, cheap brass door handle, it is the first thing buyers see when they walk up to your front door, and it represents the first impression buyers have of your home.

Today, satin-nickel finishes or dark brown oil-rubbed bronze finishes are perceived as more up-to-date.  Often, brass light fixtures can be switched for inexpensive versions in satin-nickel or oil-rubbed bronze for the same cost as a brass model, but the change gives an instant update, sending the message that the house has been lovingly cared for.

The same goes for replacing other hardware such as hinges, yellowing switch plates, and other details.  Although they are small, easy, and cheap fixes, buyers notice them.

Carefully considering the details when staging your home for sale can make a huge difference in whether you sell the home at all, and in the amount buyers may offer.  We work closely with you in preparing your home for the market and in marketing it once it is ready.  Contact us for a free consultation!

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