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TG pine/cedar paneling separation

My wife and I moved into our current home 27 years ago when it was only 5 years old. It was a stone and cedar home with the interior done in TG knotty pine boards. After 25+ years like all wood the planks have started to shrink and leave gaps at the T/G joints. Some as wide as 1/4". We're getting the house ready to sell hopefully by the end of this year and move into a 55+ community because I can no longer take car of the house and all the land. Some of the T/G planking is getting painted (please don't scream here!). After 30+ years of wood everywhere it seems to be too dark for our taste. As much as I always said I would never paint the wood planks, I'm starting to like the results.
The problem has been the separation between the planks makes the planks stand out as not being such a smooth installation. My solution was initially to take down the wood and re-install it.... Not gonna happen at this age. But.. after experimenting with wood dowels, specifically 1/8 and 3/16 dowels, I'm happy with the results. The dowels take up just enough space to make the separation disappear.
I had some pictures to insert but get the message "the file XXXXX.jpg is not a valid file". So you'll have to be happy with my description I guess.

Pop Ryan

Re: TG pine/cedar paneling separation

When selling a house in "as is" condition, a seller has to realize that most buyers will do some renovations - from few and modest to total. If you are happy with your method of filling up those gaps, do it. However, keep in mind that some buyers will say to themselves: "We want those old panelings out, re-do the drywall and paint, and we want the seller to give us an allowance to do it". Meaning: they will offer less for the home.

Unless of course if you are in a hot "seller's" market. In a blazing hot seller's market, every property has a much better chance to sell. Every property. Right now hot markets are scattered here and there across the country. My suggestion would be to discuss your local market condition with a few realtors, read about the market in your local publications, papers, etc, before making important decisions about selling.

My personal opinion: repairing the panels the way you describe it is like putting lipstick on an old face. You still have 25 year old panels. I would offer a buyer who will have reservations about the panels to go 50-50 removing them and re-doing the drywall. it won't hurt to get estimates, so you have an idea about the cost.

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