You have invested in your dream home, which just happens to be a vintage masterpiece that needs some work and remodeling. Before you start calling in contractors to get your remodeling goals accomplished, there are a few simple rules to keep in mind.
1. Wait and watch a while.
A lot of new vintage homeowners will immediately jump in and start making changes to their older house. You may be anxious to get the remodeling underway, but it is best to let the house "steep" a bit after you move in. There are a few reasons why "wait and watch" is a good rule to follow. For one, it's easier to understand what needs remodeling the most after you've been in the house for a bit and actually used the rooms. Secondly, there can be problems that come up that deserve your money and attention more than cosmetic changes. For example, an old HVAC system may start showing you signs of problems soon after moving in, and it will be more important to designate your money there than making over an outdated bathroom.
2. Examine safety concerns first.
Old houses can have some ugly things hanging out that really should not be living with humans. Asbestos, mold, lead—these are things that are a safety concern and should be handled first and foremost. If you plan to do some remodeling in one part of the house, do not be surprised if a contractor finds something ugly that poses a safety risk throughout the house. It is for this reason that a lot of vintage homebuyers will have their home checked for things that could be a safety threat right off the bat.
3. Keep what you can and what's valuable intact.
When you want to maintain the vintage glory of the house, one of the biggest mistakes you can make during a remodeling project is to just go in and start tearing everything out without proper prior consideration. There are certain elements that exude the underlying style and should be kept, and there are certain elements that are highly valuable because of their age and should really stay. For example, you may not be quite fond of old wallpaper in your vintage bathroom, but something as simple as this can actually be really valuable because of its age and be a trademark element of the era in which the house was built.
Call a vintage home remodeling company for more assistance with your vintage home.