They sure don't make them like they used to...

By
Real Estate Agent with Virginia Capital Realty

   They sure don't!  I sold a house to my clients 22 years ago and these were the already old (early 70's?), outdated built-in appliances it came with in 1991.  I warned them back then that they are very, very old, and will likely need replacing soon.  

Well, I went by the house the other day and guess what, they are still there and working just fine!

They said they needed minimal maintenance and they love their wall ovens and cooktop! If ain't broke.... 

 

Comments (65)

Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Athina Boukas interesting that you mention the "no backpack". I told my kids just a few days ago that nobody used backpacks and they couldn't comprehend. Sure, there was the one person with the satchel but backpacks were just not a thing back then. (Sorry millenials, this is what Gen X/Boomers talk about.)

May 20, 2015 10:20 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I swear, manufacturers purposely design things to break after a certain number of years. We had this happen in our new home after about 7 years. Had to replace the micro-hood, repair the dishwasher and the refrigerator had to be rebuilt. These were all high end appliances - argh. 

May 23, 2015 01:19 AM
Athina Boukas
Virginia Capital Realty - Richmond, VA
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Debb,

Yup, same thing with cars. As soon as the odometer goes over the maximum mileage for the warranty I start to wonder what will start breaking down.

May 25, 2015 12:26 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

The amazing thing is that all of those old colors are coming back into style again!

Jun 18, 2015 08:14 AM
Athina Boukas
Virginia Capital Realty - Richmond, VA
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Barbara-Jo, you're right.
Also, there's a special charm to a house with well maintained original parts that match.

Jun 19, 2015 01:41 PM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

That double wall oven looks like something out of the Brady Bunch show!  I come across these types of very dated appliances every so often and, although they don't help sell the property, as long as the property is list priced accordingly, I think some buyers prefer to buy new appliances themselves.

Aug 06, 2015 02:04 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a good reminder. Some appliances seem to work forever for their lucky owners.

Aug 22, 2015 07:12 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Athina, I also agree that "if it ain't broke...", but then current buyers don't see it quite the same. The first house I bought I actually searched for and bought an old Universal Oven long past it's prime by current standards, but you couldn't kill it...always worked great! And coming from a family of Greek cooks a dependable gas oven was a must!

Aug 24, 2015 09:33 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Amazing. Like living in a time warp, but if they work....

Mar 22, 2016 06:57 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I just loved reading your story today! My first home appliances were Avocado. I hated it then and had evil thoughts of it wanting it to malfunction so I could get new appliances but they never broke down. Many years later I replaced my stove with the (then) new Almond stove. That stove lasted two years and was so wobbly I thought it would fall on my kids and had to replace it! The heating element inside never worked right either!

Apr 05, 2016 12:45 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

P.S. I had Z-brick on my kitchen walls too! 

Apr 05, 2016 12:46 PM
Athina Boukas
Virginia Capital Realty - Richmond, VA
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

It seems a lot of people from the 70's had some memory of avocado or harvest gold and more recently, almond.

We had the harvest gold appliances and lilac bath fixtures in one bathroom, shaggy 2 tone orange carpet.  They were so "in" then and I believe they would all still be holding up if they weren't updated for the sake of style and color.

Apr 05, 2016 01:05 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Our house is 18 years old and on its 3rd refrigerator - which needs me to call the repair man because the ice maker quit working. 

Conversely, we have an old one in our shop that is going strong, and my neighbor has one of those gold ones in his shop - which works well. In my family's cabin at the lake there's one that is 70+ years old - it's too small for today's tastes, but it still freezes water in the ice trays and keeps food cold. 

Apr 19, 2016 09:28 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Athina,  my sister often talks about cost per use.  Your clients have certainly gotten their money's worth from the appliances!  I'm impressed. They really "don't make them like they used to!"

May 10, 2016 11:22 AM
Athina Boukas
Virginia Capital Realty - Richmond, VA
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

I think these will last forever. I wrote this blog in 2013.

As of today...they are still working!

The homeowners are in their mid 80's now...

May 10, 2016 11:31 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my gosh!  Harvest Gold!  I haven't seen that in years!!  So cool that they're still working - I mean retro is in so, I'm sure they're glad they haven't replaced them!

Aug 09, 2016 02:06 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evenng Athina Boukas ,  Is that wallpaper I see?  They must not believe in updating.  I hope it is not flocked!  

Sep 08, 2016 12:13 PM
Athina Boukas
Virginia Capital Realty - Richmond, VA
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Larry that is tile backsplash! A little more work to remove than wallpaper. They did not update anything other than paint and a new roof.

Sep 08, 2016 12:18 PM
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

My parents had the same type of built-ins when I was growing up.  It's interesting that the brick and wallpaper haven't been updated.

Sep 09, 2016 05:17 AM
Athina Boukas
Virginia Capital Realty - Richmond, VA
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

UPDATE

I got a call yesterday from my 1990 buyers: The wall ovens are now in the process of being replaced.

For no other reason than because they finally broke down after almost 50 years.

The cooktop is still going strong.

Oct 19, 2016 11:34 PM