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Remodeling? Don’t Alter These 5 Unique Features

Living Room with Stained Glass Windo in Older Hawthorne RentalIf you’re preparing an older Hawthorne rental property for new tenants, you might want to have it renovated so that it appeals to the new generation of tenants. Prior to the renovation, though — take note that in older homes, there are features that shouldn’t be remodeled. These features give so much detail to the overall look and feel of the house. Remodeling them might prove to be counter-productive, and expensive, as well. Before you remodel any unique features of your property, contemplate how you can preserve them for their character, instead.

Hardwood Floors

It could be that long-term maintenance is something significant for you. 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. You will be able to save so much because you won’t need carpet cleaning.

Exposed Beams and Mantels

Likewise, if your property has wooden mantels or exposed ceiling beams, maybe you won’t have to resort to 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. Besides, these unique details are returning in demand and on-trend. This means good news for your rental property’s appeal.

Stained Glass

One other cool feature about older homes is the use of stained glass. All throughout history, stained glass windows have always been sought after — even when there are those who find them unattractive. Still, these windows can be put to good use in the hands of someone creative. Colored glass panes help add light to dark spaces while preserving privacy. Perhaps you could even relocate the stained glass panes to another part of the house like a bathroom window. In so doing, you preserve the home’s unique style and history without scaring off any new renters.

Banquettes and Butler Pantries

For the past years, homes were built without utility rooms and built-in features. Now, these useful elements are, once again, back in demand. Due to this, if your older rental home has a butler pantry (small room next to the kitchen) or banquettes (built-in bench seating), you should opt to retain 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.

Are you looking to renovate a rental property? Consider the challenges that come with it. However, you don’t have to go all out on it when you already have the property’s unique details. These details are what give your property its own character and vibe. Use that to add value to your property, instead.


Would you like to learn more about creating a rental property that tenants will love? Trust the local experts at Real Property Management California Coast. You can call us at 310-535-2150 or contact us online.

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