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Remodeling? Don’t Alter These 5 Unique Features

If you’re putting together an older Inverness rental property for new tenants, you may be actually contemplating tactics to renovate the home and, possibly increase interest and draw in a new generation of renters. However, before you go ahead and tear out or paint over things, there are particular features in older homes that you shouldn’t remodel. Not only are these features that furnish a home’s beauty and character but certainly, attempting to alter them may wind up being far more expensive than it’s worth. Before you start altering any unique features of your property, consider the benefits of keeping the features on our list.

Hardwood Floors

You may be looking solely at the long-term maintenance involved. Don’t be so hasty to get rid of or cover hardwood flooring. Both you and your tenants can honestly admire the beauty of a hardwood floor, and it can surely even help boost your property values. Just stop for a moment and think of all the carpet cleaning you can avoid after each move-out.

Exposed Beams and Mantels

Additionally, if your property has wooden mantels or exposed ceiling beams, re-evaluate about taking out or painting over them. Natural wood features continue to be very popular indeed with homeowners and renters and add an alluring charm to any room. Refinish a wooden mantel or leave your rustic wood beams unaltered, granting a beautiful farmhouse feel that will clearly help your rental stand out.

Millwork, Arches, and Pocket Doors

Older homes, particularly those built before the turn of the twentieth century, commonly have unique design features like one-of-a-kind crown molding, arched doorways, pocket doors, and even medallions and other trim on the ceilings and walls. Even supposing such features may not look as though they do have a place in modern architecture, think again! Such unique details are trendy and in demand again at these times, which will only improve your rental property’s appeal.

Stained Glass

Another distinctive element that is often seen in older homes is stained glass. The popularity of stained glass windows has come and gone over the decades, and particular people will always definitely find it unappealing. But certainly, that doesn’t suggest you should tear it off. Colored glass panes help bring in light to dark spaces while securing privacy. Anyway, you can always move the stained glass panes to a less prominent place in the house, such as a bathroom window. This will actually preserve the home’s unique style and history while permitting you to appeal to a wide range of renters.

Banquettes and Butler Pantries

After decades of homes built without utility rooms and built-in features, demand for these useful elements has come back stronger than ever. This is why, if your older rental home has a butler pantry (small room next to the kitchen) or banquettes (built-in bench seating), you should give thought to retaining them. Homeowners and renters alike definitely want the utility and convenience of built-ins, while a butler pantry makes a great coffee station, work, or storage area.

Planning a rental property renovation is oftentimes a definite challenge. But always remember, it’s crucial not to disregard the appeal of your property’s unique details. Rather than trying to get rid of them, working with them can make a major contribution to adding character, charm, and value to your property.


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