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Remodeling? Don’t Alter These 5 Unique Features

Living Room with Stained Glass Windo in Older Winter Garden RentalIf you’re preparing an older Winter Garden rental property for new tenants, it would do you well to have it renovated for the new generation of tenants to come. But, before you initiate the process, take note of a few things that shouldn’t be remodeled in older homes. It is these features that give your home its identity, and remodeling them might even be expensive for you in the long run. Before you transform any unique features of your property, try weighing the benefits of keeping the features first.

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. Think about all of the carpet cleanings you can save on!

Exposed Beams and Mantels

Comparably, if your property has wooden mantels or exposed ceiling beams, you might want to really think hard before removing or painting over them. Because of the warm beauty of natural wood features, many homeowners and renters prefer this aesthetic. 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. So what if these features aren’t the typical style of modern architecture? They can be their own thing, for sure! Still, these unique details are back to being trendy and in-demand, adding to your rental property’s appeal.

Stained Glass

One other cool feature about older homes is the use of stained glass. There will always be people who find stained glass windows unattractive; still, these pieces of art will always find their own place in many homes. So, it isn’t at all a bad idea to keep those windows. Colored glass panes help add light to dark spaces while preserving privacy. And, you can opt to transfer your stained glass panes to another place like a bathroom window. This can maintain the home’s unique style and history while still attracting a variety of new renters.

Banquettes and Butler Pantries

After years and years of homes built without utility rooms and built-in features, these useful elements are finally back in demand. As such, if your older rental home has a butler pantry (small room next to the kitchen) or banquettes (built-in bench seating), you might think about keeping them. Homeowners and renters can enjoy the convenience of having built-ins while being able to utilize a butler pantry for whatever they see fit.

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. Use these details to raise the value of your property, instead. Make the charm work on new potential renters.


Would you like to learn more about creating a rental property that tenants will love? Trust the local experts at Real Property Management South Orlando. You can call us at 407-982-2000 or contact us online.

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