If you are the type of homeowner that prefers to live in a broken in home, complete with character and challenges, there are a few important things you should know. Restoring or remodeling an older home is a lot of hard work, but in the end it truly pays off. You will have a comfortable home filled with unique features and plenty of great character. All of your hard work during the restoration process will be well worth it and you will not only boost the value of the home, you will have a completed a project of which you can truly be proud. When beginning a restoration or remodeling project, start by hiring a professional electrician to look over your current system. Electric repairs may be more than a matter of convenience; they may affect the safety of the home. Older homes may not be up-to-date with their wiring systems, so regardless of how much you want to retain the original character of the home, be sure you invest in a safe, modern system.
Next, evaluate the current insulation of the home. Over time, having poor insulation in a space can cost you thousands of dollars. If you take the time to upgrade and improve the insulation, the home will be more comfortable while you are focusing on aesthetic changes. You will also have more money to invest in more noticeable upgrades because money will not be flying out the poorly insulated doors and windows. Make energy improvements one of your priorities when restoring an older home.
When the time comes to think about the aesthetic changes, determine if you will modernize the home or restore it to its original style. For awhile, people loved the idea of taking an old home and making it look and feel like a modern space. Nowadays, homeowners are more focused on maintaining the original character of a home, even if they are living with modern conveniences. Determine if you want your home to look as it did when it was originally built or whether you want an entirely different style within the shell of your existing home. It may be a good idea to consult with real estate agents and contractors in your area for their take on how best to improve the value.
Regardless of your decision, your goal should be to maintain the home's character while reducing the cost of living in it. Whether this is down by modernizing the style is up to you, but the more you can do to make the home modern without destroying the feel of it, the better. Home buyers will love a classic feeling in a space that is still convenient for modern living.
Finally, personalize your home. No matter what era your home was built and how much you want to change or restore, your house needs to be a reflection of you and your family. Find ways of blending your personal style and history into an already existing structure. This can be done through color, furniture or in a variety of other ways, but it is the steps that will most make your house feel like a home.