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Items to Consider When Buying a Home with Historic Value

Have you ever thought about buying a historic home in San Diego? Maybe you have entertained the idea of owning  your own bed and breakfast or been drawn to the architectural beauty of a historic home. Historic homes have much to offer, and typically much to repair. Before you find yourself overwhelmed and committed to a restoration project, take a step back and consider the following tips below.

First, consider the structure of your historic home or hire an inspector or licensed contractor to do so. Make sure a complete and thorough examination is done. Water damage or dry rot to the framing and foundation could end up resulting in a very labor and cost intensive project. It is much wiser to walk away from your potential new home paying only the cost of an inspection than it is to buy a home in need of repairs that exceed your budget!  Prior to initiating repairs, consider the historic value and materials used in the original construction of the home, and then proceed with like materials. Provided you have the resources, all repairs should be considered as “restorative” and use original materials.

If you will be living in the home, evaluate whether your “new” home will meet the current needs of your family. Often smaller rooms and fewer bathrooms are typical in historic homes, and may not be the best fit for your families needs. You may opt to remove walls and windows or adapt them to create a better suited floor plan, while  maintaining the original intent of the home builder.

Historic homes can be quite beautiful and definitely worth the expense and love required to restore them. Your finished project will bring a smile to your eyes and warm the hearts of others who visit your home in the years that follow!  Most importantly, though, you will be happy with your decision to purchase and restore your home knowing you did your homework first!

Happy Historical House Hunting!





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