5 pitfalls to avoid when renovating a historic

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  • DONT FALL IN LOVE BEFORE YOU REALLY

    KNOW THE DEAL

    Have a team of top-notch professionalsanagent who specializes in historic neighborhoods, agood home inspector, and a general contractor withexperience renovating older propertieswalkthrough and identify all critical issues, West says.

    Topping the list: lousy wiring and plumbing, drafty orotherwise inefficient windows, badly slopingfoundations. Get estimates from at least threecontractors for repairs, West says. You might findthat the extra costs and time involved are justbeyond your reach.

  • DONT CREATE A BUDGET WITH NO WIGGLE

    ROOM

    When you undertake a reno project, you always

    need to leave some space in the budget for those

    unforeseen hiccups, like a lead pipe in a wall you

    were going to tear down, or water damage in a

    ceiling, he says. Factor in an extra 10% into the

    budget to tackle those problems, as well as some

    extra time to get unplanned work completed.

  • DONT LOSE SIGHT OF THE

    PLACES CHARACTER

    Some of these homes have design elements that cant

    be replicated easily such as detailed crown moldings or

    ornate fireplaces in nearly every room, West says.

    Design around those details instead of removing them.

    Keep in mind, too, that there might be limitations on

    what you can change if the surrounding area is

    designated as a historic neighborhood by your city or

    state, or if its listed on the National Register of Historic

    Places, which contains more than 90,000 listings across

    the United States. Make sure you run your renovation

    plans by code enforcement and your local historic

    preservation board before any work gets underway.

  • DONT TRY TO SAVE MONEY BY DOING IT ALL

    YOURSELF

    Sure, you might be an arena-level rock star when it

    comes to painting walls and installing light fixtures,

    but leave the major projects to the pros. Electrical

    rewiring, foundation and structural repairs, and

    reconfiguring plumbing arent tasks suited for the

    casual DIYer. Bring in experienced contractors who

    have worked on older homes before (ask for

    references!)unless you want bigger, more

    expensive headaches down the road. Trust us on

    this one.

  • DONT IGNORE THE THINGS YOU CANT SEE

    Asbestos, lead, radon, wood rot, and mold are

    common environmental issues that crop up

    frequently in historic home renovations, especially if

    a property has been vacant for a long time. Hire a

    licensed home inspector who can catch these

    issues early on and recommend companies to

    address them. If significant mitigation work is

    required, youll be in a good position to negotiate

    those items (or the price) with the seller.

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