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Remodeling? Don’t Alter These 5 Unique Features

Living Room with Stained Glass Windo in Older Gonzales RentalIf you’re preparing an older Gonzales rental property for new tenants, maybe you’re hoping to renovate to cater to the newer generation of renters. There are, however, a few things in older homes that you shouldn’t remodel; so, don’t get ahead of yourself! Not only do these features add to the character of the home, but they might also end up being more expensive to change. Before you modify any unique features of your property, consider how you can use the features to your benefit, instead.

Hardwood Floors

If you’re big on long-term maintenance, you could benefit from this. Don’t be so quick to remove or cover up hardwood flooring. Even your tenants can surely appreciate the beauty of a hardwood floor. This will surely give your property values a boost! Carpet cleaning won’t even have to be an issue!

Exposed Beams and Mantels

In the same way, if your property has wooden mantels or exposed ceiling beams, removing or painting over them might not be the best idea. 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 from others.

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. Despite these features not being hip with modern architecture, they have their own style to them! But, lo and behold, these unique details are on their way back to being trendy and in-demand, which means that your rental property’s appeal will gain momentum.

Stained Glass

One more thing that gives older homes such an endearing charm is stained glass. Despite being found unattractive by many, stained glass windows have always found their own place in many homes throughout history. Nonetheless, you can make good use of them. Colored glass panes help add light to dark spaces while preserving privacy. If feasible, you can also move the stained glass panes to another part of the house such as a bathroom window. Doing this can keep the home’s unique style and history while making it attractive to new renters.

Banquettes and Butler Pantries

After so many years of homes built without utility rooms and built-in features, these useful elements are finally making a comeback. Thus, if your older rental home has a butler pantry (small room next to the kitchen) or banquettes (built-in bench seating), it might not be a bad idea to keep them. Homeowners and renters will surely find themselves delighted by the convenience brought about by built-ins; and, they can make good utility out of the butler pantry, too.

The reality is, it’s not easy to renovate a rental property. However, it’s key to capitalize on the property’s unique details. Don’t try to get rid of them; instead, make good use of them so that you can raise the value of your property.


Would you like to learn more about creating a rental property that tenants will love? Trust the local experts at Real Property Management Baton Rouge. You can call us at 225-389-6860 or contact us online.

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