Congratulations! You’ve purchased a beautiful, historic home, and you’re looking into restoring it either for resale or for your family to live and thrive in. The reason for restoration doesn’t matter because the point is that you’re choosing to make a huge commitment to not only yourself but for the preservation of the property and a home that carries historical weight. Here are a few tips things to consider before restoring a historical home.
Make sure you can commit to this project
This step might seem silly to some as they are sure they will see the project through, but for others, we might have to take the extra time to ensure we actually have the time and finances to make such a commitment. This project will take months, possibly even years, of work to complete. Look at your schedule and make sure you have the time to commit to this project. If not, see if you can assemble a trustworthy team of people to keep you accountable and lend a helping hand when needed.
Look for water damage
This is a crucial first step to restoration as water damage needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Check the property for long-term effects from water damage, making sure you’re checking all ceilings, floors, and windows. Foundation issues and bug infestations can also spring up from water damage, so don’t miss a single spot for inspection.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? So allow yourself some leeway when it comes to restoring this property. It’s not going to happen tomorrow. Be patient with yourself as you work through each problem. Allow for small victories as you work through each step of the project, including new windows, doors, and more. Make lists each day, week, and month to ensure you’re crossing things off one by one and not overwhelming yourself or your team.