Retail giant Sears is known for having some of the best deals on home appliances, but did you know they once used to sell the whole home itself?
Redditor RealHotSauceBoss recently put up a post where he shared photos of his great-grandparents’ home, which was purchased out of a Sears catalog in 1916. That’s right! Back in the day, Sears sold just about everything to customers, including mail-order houses. Customers could choose from several models, including multi-story bungalows! The house was delivered in pieces via horse-drawn wagons, along with blueprints, and instructions for assembly.
According to archives, Sears sold roughly 75,000 mail-order homes between 1908 and 1940. This particular house looks to be a “Model No. 137,” which sold for $1,200 in 1916. That equates to roughly $27,000 today.
RealHotSauceBoss writes that the house is still in pretty good shape!
It has held up remarkably well all things considered. Obviously the wood wasn’t treated back then so the exterior was in rough shape, but the house was structurally sound. To preserve the interior we essentially had to build a shell of HardiePlank over the old exterior, then we put storm windows over the original windows. The original roof was unrecoverable due to wear and leakage, so it was completely replaced. The basement is in unbelievably good shape considering that cement is a century old! It continues to be a really interesting project.
He’s now working on fixing up the interior of the house, which is tricky with a property this old. “We’re going to start working on the oven as soon as we can figure out how to get it back in the kitchen,” he writes. “It’s cast iron and weighs several hundred pounds. The staircase to the basement is very narrow and we have no clue how it got down there.”
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