Last night, we listed the house so it’s officially for sale. I tried the FSBO route for about 12 minutes, and then my old Realtor training kicked in, and I remembered how much it cost to advertise, and I remembered that the whole process of buying and selling a house has become so complex, that I sent up the white flag and listed the house with a bona fide Realtor.
The house is city assessed for $345,000 and the Realtor thinks we could get an appraisal for something not too far off that, but we’re ready to sell the house so we went for $319,900.
It’s a grand old house, but we need to move on.
As an old house lover, I always thought of myself as more of a caretaker than an owner, and now it’s time to pass the mantle on to someone new. And those new owners will have a treasure on their hands. The hard work and expensive projects have been completed.
Here are a few of the improvements we’ve done recently (see pictures below).
1) New super-high efficiency gas-fired boiler (94% efficient) which was installed less than 60 days ago.
2) New high efficiency central air system and all new ductwork, with electrostatic air cleaner.
3) Thorough restoration of original (Buckingham Slate) roof, with copper flashing installed at all chimneys, and copper cap at roof ridge. Life expectancy of copper flashing is 75 years or more.
4) New rubber (EPDM) roof on sunporch, and new shingles on kitchen/back porch roof.
5) Seamless 6-inch (extra large) aluminum gutters and downspouts installed around entire perimeter of roof.
6) Entire house replumbed – from basement to 2nd floor – with all copper lines in 2007.
7) Electrical service updated, and new wiring run as needed. New electrical panel installed.
8 ) Summer 2010, entire house was painted with two coats of Sherwin Williams Duration (applied by brush). Duration Paint has a 25-year guarantee. More than 40 tubes of caulk were applied to home’s exterior.
9) On the rear of the house, there are some new high-end replacement windows (high efficiency with argon gas) installed within the last two years. Home’s original windows. were preserved on front for visual appeal.
10) Custom-built picket fence (unique design, and made on-site) surrounds property and was installed in 2009.
11) Custom-built “mini-house” is a small-scale replica of the main house, and has a floored attic, slate roof and vintage windows, and was completed in 2009.
12) Second-floor bathroom was faithfully restored with porcelain sconces, Kohler Memoirs sink, Dante brass faucets and solid brass vintage towel rack. Electrical was updated with GFI outlet added in bathroom.
13) Modern kitchen is full of light with seven large windows, and has stainless steel appliances, and a new high-end Kenmore gas range.
14) Four new storm doors installed in 2008; three aluminum (Andersen) and a wooden storm door for the front. Appearances are everything.
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