Remodeling an Older Home in Humboldt County? Keep in Mind Who Your Future Buyer Will Be

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: 3 For Buyers, 4 For Sellers | Tags: , , , , |

If you are one of many homeowners out there thinking of doing some serious remodeling project on your charming old home let me give you a few things to keep in mind before you push ahead on your project.

1) Be sensitive to what you update:

  • Keep some of the items that make your old home charming – like older windows (especially those with stain glass in them), old wood siding, interior and exterior window trim, other decorative trim inside and outside your home, high ceilings, older beat up floors and antique hardware, to name a few.

There are many buyers out there who I would call the “This Old House” kind of home buyer.  The person who is looking for that charming old home with some modern ammenities.  When looking for my first home, l fell into this category.  My husband and I quickly realized we wanted to own an older home (preferably a Victorian or Craftsman).  Why?  Because we wanted to live in a home that had some character and wasn’t your standard “cookie cutter” ranch.   Plus we liked the idea of living in a home that had some history and discovered early on that Captain H.H. Buhne’s family owned our house for a few years in the early 1900’s.  Pretty Cool.Pantry in Victorian Home

2) You will most likely sell to a buyer who wants to own a Charming Old Home with character.

  • Remember that if you own an older home (especially a Victorian or Craftsman) your ideal buyer is going to be one who wants to own an older home.  So if you completely remove all the character out of your home and update it to look like any other home built in today’s style, you will most likely have a much harder time selling. When that charming older home buyer sees that your home is modern inside they will move on until they find that charming old home that has character inside and out.
  • A buyer who is looking for a modern home will look for a modern home.  Most modern home owners are not interested in the old home look, therefore they would most likely look for a home that was built more recently than older home that was recently and extensively updated (ie: charm totally removed).

3) Make sure your additions are consistent to the rest of your home.

  • Nothing looks stranger than an addition that stands out like a sore thumb on your house.  Remember your buyer is going to want an older home and if the addition really doesn’t flow with the rest of the home or neighborhood this could affect a buyer’s decision.

You may not be selling today, but you will eventually sell your home at some point in your lifetime.  In today’s market there are plenty of buyers out there looking for older homes with plenty of character and in the future this group will probably grow.  So be careful what changes you make to your home today.  They could affect the value of your home tomorrow.

The Pink Lady

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger. All Rights Reserved. *Remodeling an Older Home in Humboldt County?  Keep in Mind Who Your Future Buyer Will Be*


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