Most people have really become great evaluators of service and value in the contracting industry. By the same token, realtors and home purchasers have become very adept at historically accurate features within Portland’s older homes. That brings me to one of this week’s projects, a linoleum removal and fir floor refinish.
The home is a Laurelhurst dutch colonial and has two bedrooms that were originally fir flooring. We have had to scrape, sand, and pry away the linoleum that was originally in place. One of my employees Andrew and I finally got to the original fir floor after three days of effort. So what does the floor look like? It is one of the most pristine fir floors I have seen in Portland.
Other companies in town looked at the job and said it wasn’t possible to remove the linoleum and tried to sell the homeowner on a new flooring installation. In my opinion, it would be very awkward in appearance to have a 3/4 height change in a doorway to each bedroom when the hallway and another bedroom were fir flooring. I’m not the only one who would think that either. Most home buyers looking in the Laurelhurst neighborhood are also keen enough to see the oddity of a new floor and covering over the original 100 year old floor.
Some realtors will tell you a comp is a comp based on RMLS data. However, the detailed old house buyer and savvy realtor know that a historically accurate house is move in ready and has a greater value as opposed to a house where people have made a ton of very modern updates that are not integral to the original design.