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We have our 1930's house up for sale. Since we purchased the house we have totally gutted it, at one stage only the four outside walls and the roof remained.

 

It has all new internal walls and ceilings, re-wired, new plumbing, new windows, and doors, modern bathroom suites, hand painted bespoke kitchen units with all the appliances you could ask for, granite work tops, oak flooring throughout the downstairs, decorated, large decked area and lawns. We even put in 1930 style interal oak doors and art deco handles.

 

On Saturday we had a viewing and have just received feedback from the estate agent, apparently the house is unfinished as we did not replace the front door which has original 1930's stained glass, and in their opinion this lets it down as they expected it to have a modern plastic door.

 

This is my front door which I love

 

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Sorry for the rant but just was so angry that after all the hard work my OH and I put into this house they were so petty about the front door.

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Gosh, that would make me mad too :twisted: I love your front door, especially the colour. I am pretty sure someone else will come along who will love your house. Some people just don't appreciate things like original stained glass etc.

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It's a beautiful door, and I'm sure the rest of your house is as beautiful 8)

 

Forget about these non-buyers, it sounds a trumped up excuse to me in any case. The right person is out there, just waiting to fall in love :D

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There's no accounting for taste...

They obviously didn't appreciate the huge effort you've made to do things properly.

 

I love your front door too :D

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I can understand your hurt feelings :(

 

Your original door is beautiful and personally I think a house with a front door of the same period has infinately more kerb appeal than one without. How I wish the cottage we are now in had the original door. I put a panelled one on my previous house, a Victorian terrace, and the new owners appreciated it, thank goodness.

 

Those people weren't right for your house, I can only guess at what they would've done to all your hard work inside if they did buy it :shock:

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The front door thing can only be an excuse, not a reason. With everything else done in the house, if you didn't like the front door, you'd just replace it.

 

Sounds like they want a modern house that looks like a modern house, rather than a more period house that has been beautifully done.

 

Probably best they aren't interested, they wouldn't appreciate all the work you've done.

 

Your ideal buyer will turn up eventually.

 

As an aside, your estate agent souds like an ass who isn't doing their job properly. Any agent worth their fee would have countered such a stupid comment by saying how lovely it is to have an original feature (which they could change if they didn't like).

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Thank you for all your lovely comments. Everybody else that has seen the house comments on how nice it is.

 

Luckily we are in no rush to sell - our next move will hopefully be to France but if that doesn't happen this year then there is always next year.

 

Hazel- the estate agent is a friend of ours and did comment on it being a period features do all the work that had gone into the house, he does not suffer fools which is refreshing in an estate agent.

 

after they left the viewing we both agreed they weren't interested, you could tell by the way they acted. The husband was very confrontational asking if we had building guarantee and wanted to see in the fuse box as he didn't believe me that we had had it rewired.

The estate agent went through his usual spiel and commented that our dishwasher is one of the quietest on the market as we are open plan, to which the husband replied you will always hear it running, to which I replied it's running now and told him to open it to check. :dance:

 

I had to compromise with the estate agent over the girls as he thought it would be better to sell if we didn't have them, I agreed to give them an area of the garden instead of letting them free range all over. Chook poop on prospective buyers shoes may not go down too well. :lol:

 

Someone will come along and love it as much as we do.

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Brave sir Robin is right.

They don't deserve your house.

It matters to me who buys my house should I decide to move. I was talking to my neighbour she is in her nineties, her house is impeccable and full of character but the current trend here is to buy a house , rip it's heart out for maybe a year and then move in. I wouldn't want someone to move in who won't first try it out to get a feeling for it.

It may be soppy but we bought this house from an old couple who left happy memories in it and we will too.

The original door to the house is something to be loved.

Carry on regardless!

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Unfortunately there are always a few people who go to look at houses that they've got no intention of buying. It sounds to me as if they were struggling to find anything to say to explain why they weren't going to put in an offer! I hope the estate agent has got their measure.

 

I'd love an original front door - and so would most people. I hope you find someone who appreciates all the work you've done and loves it as much as you do.

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Your front door is lovely. In fact I'm going to put it on my Pinterest because I'm trying to decide on a replacement front door for our place (1950s dormer bungalow) :D

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Your door is lovely!

 

My old cottage is up for sale too, & we have 8 viewings this afternoon - scary stuff.

 

As an aside, where did you get that great cat sculpture thats next to your door?

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Good luck with the viewings Cinnamon, I hate people coming around the house, not sure I could cope with eight in one day.

 

We have a viewing booked for 1pm today.

 

The cat is very old, it belonged to my grandmother who purchased it in the 1930s. I have a hedgehog from the same period.

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There are some very rude obnoxious people around. Hated people coming round my old house. We had got 2 cats as we had mice infestation and one was a newly neutered tom who was still whiffy in the way only tom cats can be. I had all the windows open in February - I am sure they thought we were barmy. Mice disappeared mighty quick. We were told to depersonalise as pictures etc put people off. :(

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Our first house was mid-terrace. We had people coming round to see if they could extend sideways. Er, really? Nosey people more like. Ours is going on the market next year. Currently decorating so I can enjoy my house for a little while - and the colours I have chosen are anti-magnolia. Doing the dining room and I realise oh no not another variation of yellow!!! Oh well at least I have continuity. I suppose it is slightly pinker. :roll: I don't like yellow - I like green!!!!

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When we move I will have to repaint every room as we are into colour. Must be cos my mum favoured Brilliant white. She said it looked clean. Personally I thought it looked clinical.

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