How do you know if buying a historic home is for you?

Feb 14, 2019

There seems to be a never-ending stream of home buyers that are attracted to the charm and characteristics of a historic home or around Rural Hall, NC. Either way, whichever reason you have for wanting a historic home there are a few things you should consider. How demanding can Historic Home upkeep…

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There seems to be a never-ending stream of home buyers that are attracted to the charm and characteristics of a historic home or around Rural Hall, NC. Either way, whichever reason you have for wanting a historic home there are a few things you should consider.

How demanding can Historic Home upkeep and repairs be?

When you’re looking for a historic home in Rural Hall, NC or surrounding areas you’ll find that there are a wide variety of construction types and time-periods displayed. Most home buyers are looking for a home that is move-in ready, with very little to no costly surprises, but that realistically isn’t as simple as the best-case scenario would have you hoping.

It’s obviously very easy to fall head over heels with the concept of having a historic home when you’re hunting for a house as new home buyer. Character and Charm can be very seductive in most cases, but you should keep in mind the amount of commitment and time that it requires. Now, if you’re looking to buy and restore a historic home then you are most likely very well aware of the trouble or headaches you’re likely inheriting – pipes that freeze, an aging furnace, attic dwellers of the wildlife species, just to name a few.

Historic neighborhoods often impose restrictions

You’ll find all over the country, not just around Rural Hall, NC that Historic Neighborhoods come with plenty of protective measures put in place to prevent buyers from making that changes that would change  structural or aesthetics of the historic home merely for the sake of preservation. This isn’t to be controlling of the homes in the area, but it is to maintain the historic feeling of the neighborhood in general.

Make note that many landmark or historic district officials have an immense amount of control over homes in the area so that any renovation whether it small or large, must be reviewed. A project that could normally take a few weeks could take many months or even years to ultimately plan, and finish due to the nature of these restrictions.

Can replication or replacing historic architecture be pricey?

A century ago homes that are now considered historic homes were built with materials of the era. These materials could over time be either became unavailable or no longer made, used, or even de-legalized due to the nature of risks they can cause to health. If you purchase a home that needs some repairs, you could have trouble finding the wainscoting, wall sconces, or other features common in historic architecture, and hiring craftsmen to replicate elements can be even more expensive than trying to find original replacements.

 

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