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Remodeling? Don’t Alter These 5 Unique Features

Living Room with Stained Glass Windo in Older Mechanicsville RentalIf you’re preparing an older Mechanicsville rental property for new tenants, maybe you’re hoping to renovate to cater to the newer generation of renters. There are, however, a few things in older homes that you shouldn’t remodel; so, don’t get ahead of yourself! Not only do these features add to the character of the home, but they might also end up being more expensive to change. Before you change any unique features of your property, think about what features you can keep.

Hardwood Floors

Perhaps long-term maintenance is the only thing you’re thinking of. Don’t be so quick to remove or cover up hardwood flooring. Even your tenants can surely appreciate the beauty of a hardwood floor. This will surely give your property values a boost! Imagine how much you can save from carpet cleaning alone.

Exposed Beams and Mantels

And, if your property has wooden mantels or exposed ceiling beams, maybe reconsider removing or painting over them. There are a lot of homeowners and renters who go for the natural wood features because of the warm beauty it gives. Refinish a wooden mantel or leave your rustic wood beams as-is, lending a charming farmhouse feel that will distinguish your rental from all of the others in the neighborhood.

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. These features may not “fit” into the aesthetic of modern architecture, but they do have their own flair to them. Their unique details are once again trendy and in-demand, making your rental property’s appeal even more attractive.

Stained Glass

Something else that makes older homes very special 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, don’t tear them out! Keep them and find a good use for them. Colored glass panes help add light to dark spaces while preserving privacy. Those stained glass panes can also be moved to a bathroom window if ever you so choose. 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. Thus, if your older rental home has a butler pantry (small room next to the kitchen) or banquettes (built-in bench seating), it might not be a bad idea to keep 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.

Are you looking to renovate a rental property? Consider the challenges that come with it. However, you don’t have to go all out on it when you already have the property’s unique details. Don’t try to get rid of them; instead, make good use of them so that you can 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 Gold. You can call us at 301-392-2172 or contact us online.

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