Things to Consider when Buying A Historic Home
By: Anthony Ramamsumiran •
Have you seen your dream house and it happens to be old or a Victorian house? Here are a few things to consider when looking in to purchasing your house. Refurbishing an old house can have its positives and negatives. Even changing or slightly modifying the structure of the property can have its challenges. If a project like this is under consideration, make sure you can confidently answer these questions;
1. If your house is designated as a historic property, you will need to find out if it is part of a state or a federal building along with if it’s listed in the registry. This can also be called a listed building. If it is, there normally would be a set number of rules and regulations. In some cases the house might be subject to historical preservation.
2. Decide how extensive the modernizing will be for the project. Is it a full project to bring the property back to its former glory or a minor update like refinishing the floors or replacing all the windows? It is very easy to get caught up in the moment and go over budget.
3. Do you want the renovation to be authentic? The more authentic your aim is for the project, the more the costs would increase and possibly spiral out of control. If there is severe damage to the structure or even decay, preservation will not be possible. All hope is not lost though, you should still be able to renovate or reconstruct.
It is worth mentioning that owning a property of this age can bring benefits to you other than a vintage look. Before you start your quest, be sure to find out if there are any local or state subsidies. You could also qualify for a special home improvement loan among other forms of assistance. A good way of finding this information out will be to contact your local tax assessor/ local housing authority.
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