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Old 10-18-2016, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Lilburn
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Brass is making a comeback, I recently bought a house with brass fixtures in some of the bathrooms and all the hinges and some door handles are also brass, I kinda like it.
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Union County
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From a realtors point of view....yes replace them. They are not currently in style and today's buyers have been watching too much HGTV and will either label your home as "dated" and move on and or will offer you a lower offer so they can update those items themselves.
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Phoenix AZ
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Hinges? Lol. Never heard of anyone actually upgrading their hinges.
Hinges are about $1 each on Amazon - on a complete remodel, it's silly not to change them, we're talking $20 for the entire house and no extra time for replacement (on a complete remodel, I pull the doors & have them sprayed anyway). My market is very competitive, so touches like wide baseboard moldings, replacement knobs, hinges, outlets & switch-plates add an extra "like-new" effect & don't add much cost.

In my area, it's not unusual to have 300 homes in a subdivision that are all pretty much the same - so one that *doesn't* have any brass, or popcorn ceilings, or oak cabinets with butcher-block countertops looks & "feels" much newer & "better maintained"..

That said, on a 2002 build, I don't think I'd go that far - things like new shower doors could cost a lot of dough for minimum "pop" value. The tub/shower valves have "trim kits" available to replace all the parts you see for not much money, but unless you're completely eradicating the brass, I don't think it's worth doing at all - it'll just make the brass that's left stick out more.
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:09 AM
 
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I guess I don't understand why one would "update" a house that was only built in 2002. It's only 14 years old. Replace broken stuff, sure, but bathroom fixtures ought to last at least 30 or 40 years. Changing out hinges to match? That's just nutty. Certainly if you are getting ready to sell it, don't get involved in any of that stuff. The vast majority of people will not notice your door hinges.
70s/80s fixtures would look great in today's homes.
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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From a realtors point of view....yes replace them. They are not currently in style and today's buyers have been watching too much HGTV and will either label your home as "dated" and move on and or will offer you a lower offer so they can update those items themselves.
Maybe I'm an oddball, but when I go into an older home and see original fixtures in "like new" condition, that tells me the owners have taken really good care of the place.
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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Hinges? Lol. Never heard of anyone actually upgrading their hinges.


We changed our hinges when we went from brass to nickel. It would have looked silly otherwise. I say replace the bathroom fixtures! If you want a quick sale little detail like that will matter as the home will look dated. We sold our home 5 months ago and that's exactly what our realtor told us. All brass MUST go!
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Leave them. Brass is coming back in style, and don't get hung up on trivial decor choices. Let the new owner fuss about that stuff.

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Not if it's builder's grade materials from a house built in 2002.
Bathroom faucets don't wear out in 14 years. Kitchen faucets, maybe; they take more abuse.

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70s/80s fixtures would look great in today's homes.
Actually, they would.
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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Leave them. Brass is coming back in style, and don't get hung up on trivial decor choices. Let the new owner fuss about that stuff.


Bathroom faucets don't wear out in 14 years. Kitchen faucets, maybe; they take more abuse.


Actually, they would.

Yes they do if they are just builder's grade. My sister's home was built in 2001 with lots of builder grade materials. Look at a builder grade faucet built in the 70's and 80's vs late 90's.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:49 AM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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Leave it. It's all backsplashes nowadays.
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Old 10-18-2016, 11:46 AM
 
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Can you take them off and spray with rustoleum to get a new look? That may be worth a shot...
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