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Remodeling? Don’t Alter These 5 Unique Features

Living Room with Stained Glass Windo in Older Rolesville RentalIf you’re preparing an older Rolesville rental property for new tenants, it would do you well to have it renovated for the new generation of tenants to come. Before you decide on anything, however, you have to know that there are a few features in older homes worth keeping. There are things that you shouldn’t remodel. These are the features that give your home that warm and cozy vibe — trying to remodel them might not be the best idea, as it can also prove to be quite expensive. Before you tweak any unique features of your property, maybe you can consider the benefits of keeping them, as well.

Hardwood Floors

Is long-term maintenance your main priority right now? Don’t be so quick to remove or cover up hardwood flooring. Not only is the beauty of a hardwood floor something that you and your tenants can enjoy, but it can also raise your property values. Carpet cleaning won’t even have to be an issue!

Exposed Beams and Mantels

Comparably, if your property has wooden mantels or exposed ceiling beams, you might want to really think hard before removing or painting over them. Natural wood features provide a warm beauty to any space. That’s why many homeowners and renters like it. 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 if these features aren’t hip with modern architecture, they provide their own look and vibe. But, lo and behold, these unique details are on their way back to being trendy and in-demand, which means that your rental property’s appeal will gain momentum.

Stained Glass

Another very sought-after feature of older homes is stained glass. Despite being found unattractive by many, stained glass windows have always found their own place in many homes throughout history. Nonetheless, you can make good use of them. Colored glass panes help add light to dark spaces while preserving privacy. If feasible, you can also move the stained glass panes to another part of the house such as a bathroom window. This ensures that the home’s unique style and history are kept without turning off new, potential renters.

Banquettes and Butler Pantries

For years, homes have been built without utility rooms and built-in features. Now, the demand for these useful elements is finally back. So, if your older rental home has a butler pantry (small room next to the kitchen) or banquettes (built-in bench seating), don’t remove them. Homeowners and renters alike will benefit greatly from the convenience of built-ins, as well as the added utility provided by a butler pantry.

Deciding on renovating a rental property can be quite the task, to be honest. However, don’t forget to work with what you have — the unique details that are already part of your property. Use these details to raise the value of your property, instead. Make the charm work on new potential renters.


Would you like to learn more about creating a rental property that tenants will love? Trust the local experts at Real Property Management Raleigh. You can call us at 919-481-0008 or contact us online.

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