My old house needs work and so, before I commit to the significant expense of upgrading, I've been casually stopping in at open houses in my general neighborhood. When I moved in 20 years ago there were homes built between the '20s and the '50s sporting their original fixtures and architectural details all over Los Angeles. Now, very few. Some of this is the problem I am facing, the hardware, plumbing, electrical, finally hit the outside limit of its design. Rust never sleeps. Entropy rules. The second issue is that when people remodel and upgrade they don't stay with the original look of the house. It's cheaper (by a lot) if you don't and many seem to actually fight the way the entire house looks when they redo a kitchen or bath ... a badly added bedroom can be a catastrophe but, these days, square footage rules. Third, and most irritating, is the fad of not listing a house until it is superficially perfect, brightly painted, all the hardware looking new (even if that means it's cheap), floors treated somehow, often low grade wall to wall carpeting. And the there's the "staged" furniture; slick looking cr*p brought in to help the new buyer "envision" what it looks like furnished. I'm thinking this is an LA thing but I'm not sure. Personally, I'd rather not have any remodeling done both because I don't want to feel I'm paying for someone else's taste (or lack of it) and because I'm sure they are trashing a look I'd appreciate. I like a house that is empty and shows it's wear and tear even if that means I have to fix it. I'll probably stay where I am do the work and bite the bullet. My house was built in '38 and I'm only the second owner. No one sprayed cottage cheese on the ceilings in the '60s, hung macrame wall paper in the '70s, or tiled the floors in 14" faux marble in the '90s. I've done work to it but have been very careful to maintain its original look, it's not trying to be "vintage-y" but I'd never stray off theme so to speak. I just hate putting more into the house than the neighborhood will let me take out when I finally do sell. How do you-all feel about the older homes that are hitting the market?