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Remodeling? Don’t Alter These 5 Unique Features

Living Room with Stained Glass Windo in Older Roosevelt RentalIf you’re making ready an older Roosevelt rental property for new tenants, you may be wondering about practices to renovate the home and, with hope, effectively attract a new generation of renters. But having said that, before you set off tearing out or painting over things, there are several features in older homes that you shouldn’t remodel. Not only are these the features that add to a home’s beauty and character, but most importantly, trying to alter them may happen to be far more expensive than it’s worth. Before you improve and alter any unique features of your property, consider the benefits of keeping the features on our list.

Hardwood Floors

You may be contemplating only about the long-term maintenance involved. Don’t be pretty quick to take out or cover hardwood flooring. Both you and your tenants can love the beauty of a hardwood floor, and it can thus even help give your property values a boost. Just think of all the carpet cleaning you can happily avoid after each move-out.

Exposed Beams and Mantels

Exactly the same way, if your property has wooden mantels or exposed ceiling beams, think it over first prior to getting rid of or painting over them. Natural wood features continue to be very renowned or popular with homeowners and renters and offer a warm appeal to any room. Refinish a wooden mantel or leave your rustic wood beams in their present form, providing a gorgeous farmhouse feel that will set your rental apart.

Millwork, Arches, and Pocket Doors

Older homes, precisely those built before the turn of the twentieth century, generally have unique design features like uncommon and beautiful crown molding, arched doorways, pocket doors, and even medallions and other trim on the ceilings and walls. Despite that such features may not seem to have a place in modern architecture, think again! Such unique details are trendy and in-demand recently, which will only build up your rental property’s appeal.

Stained Glass

Another unique and beautiful element seen mostly in older homes is stained glass. The popularity of stained glass windows has come and gone over the decades, and a number of people will frequently find it unattractive. However, that doesn’t indicate you should remove it. Colored glass panes help give light to dark spaces while keeping your privacy secure. On the other hand, you can always, if you so decide, move the stained glass panes to a less prominent place in the house, such as a bathroom window. This will, indeed, help preserve the home’s unique style and history while effectively letting you 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. That is exactly why, if your older rental home has a butler pantry (small room next to the kitchen) or banquettes (built-in bench seating), you should take into consideration keeping them. Homeowners and renters alike want 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, in many cases, a definite challenge. But take note, it’s critical not to waste the appeal of your property’s unique details. Rather than trying to get rid of them, working with them can be of great value to lend character, charm, and value to your property.


Would you be open to learning more about creating a rental property that tenants will fancy? Trust the local experts at Real Property Management Uintah. You can call us at 801-889-1517 or contact us online.

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