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Remodeling? Don’t Alter These 5 Unique Features

Living Room with Stained Glass Windo in Older Hampton RentalIf you’re preparing an older Hampton rental property for new tenants, it’s not a bad idea to contemplate renovating for the new generation of tenants. In older homes, though, there are a few features that should be kept as is and should not be remodeled. It is these features that give your home its identity, and remodeling them might even be expensive for you in the long run. Before you modify any unique features of your property, consider how you can use the features to your benefit, instead.

Hardwood Floors

If you’re big on long-term maintenance, you could benefit from this. Don’t be so quick to remove or cover up hardwood flooring. You and your tenants can witness the valuable beauty of a hardwood floor that gives your property values a boost. You won’t have to worry about carpet cleaning costs at all.

Exposed Beams and Mantels

Also, if your property has wooden mantels or exposed ceiling beams, take some time to really weigh things out before removing or painting over them. Natural wood features are quite popular with homeowners and renters because it brings a warm beauty to any space. Refinish a wooden mantel or leave your rustic wood beams as-is, lending a charming farmhouse feel that will distinguish your rental.

Millwork, Arches, and Pocket Doors

Older homes, especially those built before the turn of the twentieth century, often have unique design features like distinctive crown molding, arched doorways, pocket doors, and even medallions and other trim on the ceilings and walls. Even though such features aren’t evident in modern architecture, they are still very much relevant! Unique details like this are sure to be trendy and in-demand once more, making it all the better for your rental property’s appeal.

Stained Glass

One more thing that gives older homes such an endearing charm is stained glass. There will always be people who find stained glass windows unattractive; still, these pieces of art will always find their own place in many homes. So, it isn’t at all a bad idea to keep those windows. Colored glass panes help add light to dark spaces while preserving privacy. And, you can opt to transfer your stained glass panes to another place like a bathroom window. This helps retain the home’s unique style and history while keeping it charming for new renters.

Banquettes and Butler Pantries

After years and years of homes built without utility rooms and built-in features, these useful elements are finally back in demand. As such, if your older rental home has a butler pantry (small room next to the kitchen) or banquettes (built-in bench seating), you might think about keeping them. Homeowners and renters will surely find themselves delighted by the convenience brought about by built-ins; and, they can make good utility out of the butler pantry, too.

The reality is, it’s not easy to renovate a rental property. But, don’t get too caught up in remodeling that you fail to see the property’s already unique details. Don’t immediately get rid of them by remodeling. Try to assess the situation and look for ways to use these details to raise the value of your property.


Would you like to learn more about creating a rental property that tenants will love? Trust the local experts at Real Property Management Seacoast New Hampshire. You can call us at 603-343-2202 or contact us online.

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