A large part of what attracts a buyer to a home is the emotional connection. How they feel about it when they walk in the door plays a large part in the decision to start the purchasing process. To be sure not every home will appeal to each and every viewer. It is possible to appeal to a majority with strategic renovation.
Homes are meant to be lived in. There are those that view them as a showplace, but those are in the minority. Someone who’s looking for a vintage home above the median price point is planning to stay there for a while and is the type of person who is worth aiming the home at. Setting up the home takes a little work, but will pay off in the long run. It will attract a buyer who’s willing to pay a price that brings a profit to the seller.
The architecture of the house will determine how the interior should flow. A Victorian home will not always benefit from an open area floor plan, whereas a home built in the Art Deco era will. But the Victorian age built large homes with small rooms, to give rooms to the larger families of the day. To that extent, consider moving walls around to create a spacious living area. However, if there are a lot of original details in the house, it’s best to repair or restore them instead. More and more home buyers prefer to purchase a vintage home that’s got all of its detail intact, but has had the work already done by someone else.
An older home can be a lot of work, to be sure. Have the home thoroughly inspected before purchasing for renovation. Much time and money will be saved by avoiding getting stuck in a money pit wen finding an unexpected repair. The profit realized will be well worth the extra work.