Why Would They Do That?? Building Headscratchers

When buying an older home (30+ years) there is a certain amount of relative oddities you should expect when you compare them to today’s building standards.   Things that were trendy in 1986 might not be so trendy today, however with the proper vision you can turn those things into something really unique to call your own.

No matter how many times you see an old home before buying, you’ll always find fascinating things that either the builder or previous owner did that make you scratch your head.  Here are a few from the house my wife and I just bought that made me go, “Why would they do that??”

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You don’t notice it until you use this shower, but the shower head aims right at the door – a recipe of water escaping.  The drain? In the bottom right corner of the shower rather than in the center.

 

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The old-style metal weatherstripping is installed OVER the hinge, preventing any attempt to re-align the door without pulling the whole strip out.  I left it as is since we’ll be removing the door anyway, just a little strange.

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Seller said they bought the house with this hole in it 5 years ago…so they tried to DUCT TAPE the sheet rock back up rather than spend a few bucks to fix it properly.  They do not know why it was even there.  How does this not pique a slight interest in what was going on?

None of these things are major issues with proper knowledge and planning.   As we find similar oddities I’ll write more “Why Would They Do That?” posts.

– David

David Madaffari, Realtor

Mobile: (225) 772-3283
Email: David@GrassrootsTeam.com

Jonathan Diez, Realtor

Mobile: (225) 938-4653
Email: Jonathan@GrassrootsTeam.com

Keller Williams Realty First Choice
17111 Commerce Centre Dr.
Prairieville, LA 70769
(225) 744-0044

Grassroots Team Repairs Roof at Christina’s

The Grassroots Team are honored to help iconic Christina’s Restaurant in downtown BR install their brand new roof.  Christina’s (www.christinasbr.com), located at 320 St. Charles St, serves daily breakfast and lunch specials for the downtown area and have been doing so for over 20 years.  Y’all, the Italian Omelette is absolutely amazing – I haven’t written my official Lunch Break restaurant review but trust me, you’ll love it as much as we did.

Thank you for trusting us with your business!

David Madaffari
The Grassroots Team @ Keller Williams Realty – First Choice
Office: 225.744.0044
Mobile: 225.772.3283 (DAVE)
Email: David@DavidMadaffari.com
17111 Commerce Centre Dr.
Prairieville, LA 70769

Vendor Spotlight: Klean Roof

In this business, the mere *perception* of an issue that doesn’t exist is enough to make or break a a buyer’s decision to offer on a home.   One area I am encountering this issue more often is the cleanliness of a home’s roof.

Simply put, a dirty roof doesn’t look attractive and leads buyers to perceive it that it may be older than it looks.  Even if it is completely intact and has a lot of life left, a dirty roof can make a buyer start thinking of the thousands of dollars they think they’ll have to spend replacing it – even if a roof still has 10+ years left on it.  Don’t let a buyer’s imagination prevent YOUR sale and call my friends at Klean Roof.

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I have known owner Savalas Norwood for several years now and have seen his work in action.  It is amazing how good the homes look when they are done.  If you are taking HDR pictures for your listing (as you should!), a clean roof will enhance your home’s appeal, make the listing pictures stand out online, make your home more energy efficient and last longer.

All of these are benefits you can present to your buyers, and removes one more objection along the way to sealing the deal.  The investment is not nearly what you may think, and if you get a sale one mortgage payment quicker, then it has paid for itself right?  Give them a call at 225-308-3707.  Tell them you read it here!

 

 

David Madaffari
The Grassroots Team @ Keller Williams Realty – First Choice
Office: 225.744.0044
Mobile: 225.772.3283 (DAVE)
Email: David@DavidMadaffari.com
17111 Commerce Centre Dr.
Prairieville, LA 70769

#Barndominium – Yes, It’s a Thing

My wife and I caught an episode of Fixer Upper on HGTV the other night and this episode completely fascinated me.   Converting a 1100 sq ft barn into a 2-story, 2700 sq ft home.  It is one of the most awesomely beautiful oddities I’ve seen, and it definitely gave them credibility in my eyes.  Check out the gallery here!

David Madaffari
The Grassroots Team @ Keller Williams Realty – First Choice
Office: 225.744.0044
Mobile: 225.772.3283 (DAVE)
Email: David@DavidMadaffari.com
17111 Commerce Centre Dr.
Prairieville, LA 70769

Standing Water? Chances Are You Need A French Drain

With all the rain we’ve been having lately, undoubtedly we are dealing with standing water or poor drainage days after the rain has stopped.  It’s become clear that I need a french drain for my yard – but what is it, how does it work and what does it cost? This article would be a good place to start and it works everywhere drainage is an issue.

Why Are French Drains Needed | How Do French Drains Work.

Why Are French Drains Needed How Do French Drains Work

David R. Madaffari, Realtor