Sunday, October 21, 2007

Cleaning House

As previously mentioned, we are in the first stages of thinking about our upcoming move in the spring/summer next year. We have visited the place we think we might want to live, although we're waffling back and forth on that.

Now, it's time to visit our house. The one we will need to put on the market in possibly a mere four months.

An objective eye is always the sellers' best friend when it comes to selling a house. You know what I mean. It's important to detach oneself from sentimental decorating choices and get real.

That leads me to this.

Hideous or Kitschy?

Don't laugh. This is in our garage. It is not our fault. It was there when we bought the house. And, well, it's in the garage. The spooky thing is that sometimes when you turn on the light in the garage, the fan turns. Sometimes it doesn't.

So, I am inclined to leave it. It's in the garage, after all, and neither my husband nor I really want to deal with tearing it out and covering up the resulting hole. Good idea...or not? Maybe it's worth a kajillion dollars and I could list it on craigslist. Or maybe I'm just insane.

14 comments:

Jodi said...

Wow... that's really something. I don't think it's worth anything, and I would rip it down before potential buyers come through. It looks pretty eccentric and dated.

Jodi said...

BTW, my husband would love to have that in a basement rec room, but I don't think it appeals to the general home-buying populace.

Bertha said...

Both Newton & Wellsley are two of the nicest towns in the state, but I like Winchester too, if for no other reason than it's the next town over from where I work :)

tiennie said...

Too funny. At least it's in the garage!

Mandy said...

If you can take it down without much trouble, you should. Unless you get someone like my husband to buy your house. He'd love that fan.

Eliza said...

that's pretty funny!
If it's not hard, I'd take it down and just put a ceiling light in.

Katie said...

That's unique! It really needs a pool table below it to make the look complete. I would just take it out and put a simple fixture in its place.

Devonshire said...

I too would say take it down and if you feel the need to get some laughs I would Craig list it just to see what people say about it. LOL

Trista Hill said...

I'll be the other side of...non-reason.... you bought the place with that fan intact, who is to say that someone else won't let it deter them just as it didn't you?

I'm sad you're moving, even though you are already far away from me. I'm hoping your soul isn't aching too much...

nova said...

Oh, to live in Wellesley... we lived in Norwood for a while...that was fun, Walpole would have been funner...oh, well. You know...the fan...it might be a deal breaker for buyers who don't feel especially handy...or they might think it's kitchy and fun...you might want to take it down if it's easy though...just my $ 0.02.

Sharon said...

A goold ole fashioned Tiffany lamp! You can always see what it is worth on ebay ;-)

Sue said...

Oh, Jen, I love it. Ha! However, maybe I’ve been watching too much HGTV and those nasty ladies who come into your home and rip it apart with their comments on how it can and should be improved before putting it up for sale. Less is more, they say. Some buyers seriously can’t get past these things, which seems odd to me, but ok. ;-p

Thea said...

My husband would give his left arm to own a garage with a light like that! I say leave it, it didn't deter you, did it? If the new buyers hate it, you can be a hero and offer to replace it for them as a lovely concession on your part - and get a Home Depot light for a few bucks then.

On your move, I live in the town next to Winchester - Arlington. We looked long and hard at a few of the towns around here, and I used to be a real estate broker here too - Lexington, Winchester, Newton, Wellesley & Brookline.. feel free to ask for gory details and opinions if you want 'em. They do all have their own personalities. If not, I'd never offer em up unasked... I'm a 39yr stay at home Mom, so I could be on your wavelength, who knows?

Anonymous said...

I would try selling it on e-bay. Believe it or not, most things related to beer breweries are sought after. They call it brewerania. You would probably get at least enough money to buy a less eccentric fixture.

Rita from Camp