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Remodeling? Don’t Alter These 5 Unique Features

Living Room with Stained Glass Windo in Older Mission Valley RentalIf you’re setting up an older Mission Valley rental property for new tenants, you may seriously be thinking about techniques to renovate the home and, all being well, attract a new generation of renters. Nevertheless, before you initiate tearing out or painting over things, there are a small number of features in older homes that you shouldn’t remodel. Not only are these features that provide a home’s beauty and character, but at the same time, attempting to change them may turn out to be far more expensive than it’s worth. Before you revise or alter any unique features of your property, consider the benefits of keeping the features on our list.

Hardwood Floors

You may be wanting to know exactly the long-term maintenance involved. Don’t be very hasty in getting rid of or covering hardwood flooring. Both you and your tenants can relish and admire the beauty of a hardwood floor, and it could even help give your property values a boost. Just happily think of all the carpet cleaning you can avoid after each move-out.

Exposed Beams and Mantels

In the same manner, if your property has wooden mantels or exposed ceiling beams, reassess just before clearing or painting over them. Natural wood features continue to be very accepted by homeowners and renters and add on a homely and warm feeling to any room. Refinish a wooden mantel or leave your rustic wood beams the same, furnishing and lending a really charming farmhouse feel that will individualize and help your rental to stand out.

Millwork, Arches, and Pocket Doors

Older homes, primarily those built before the turn of the twentieth century, mostly have unique design features like peculiar crown molding, arched doorways, pocket doors, and even medallions and other trim on the ceilings and walls. Though such features may not sound like they have a place in modern architecture, think again! Such unique details are trendy and in demand lately, which will only enhance your rental property’s appeal.

Stained Glass

Another exceptional aspect commonly seen in older homes is stained glass. The popularity of stained glass windows has come and gone over the decades, and several people will oftentimes find it hideous. Though that doesn’t point out you should remove it. Colored glass panes help improve light in dark spaces while providing privacy. Furthermore, you can always decide to move the stained glass panes to a less prominent place in the house, such as a bathroom window. This will frequently preserve the home’s unique style and history while helping your rental appeal to a wide range of renters.

Banquettes and Butler Pantries

After decades of homes built without utility rooms and built-in features, demand for these useful elements has come back stronger than ever. Thus, if your older rental home has a butler pantry (small room next to the kitchen) or banquettes (built-in bench seating), you should look into holding on to them. Homeowners and renters alike adore the utility and convenience of built-ins, while a butler pantry makes a great coffee station, work, or storage area.

Planning a rental property renovation is often a real challenge and sometimes with a lot of complex issues. But really, it’s essential not to overlook the appeal of your property’s unique details. Rather than trying to get rid of them, working with them can be very helpful to building character, charm, and value to your property.


Would you be willing to learn more about creating a rental property that tenants will desire? Trust the local experts at Real Property Management Realevate Specialists. You can call us at 858-997-2100 or 951-461-0100 or contact us online.

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