You aren’t planning on selling a cookie-cutter home. That’s the beauty of your situation! From gorgeous architectural details to original hardwood flooring, there is a lot to love about your historic home. Of course, just because you admire your home, it’s hard to say whether potential buyers will have the same adoration.
A statistic that might make you feel a bit more at ease is 21% of buyers purchase previously-owned homes because of their character and charm, according to the National Association of Realtors.
No matter what type of historic home you are planning to sell, take a look at these 5 tips to follow the path to success and find the perfect buyer.
Have An Agent That Understand Historic Homes
If you decide to go the agent route, it is important that you have someone who understands how to sell a historic home. Of course, you’re not going to be painting or renovating like you would with a typical home, which changes the process quite a bit.
You need a specialized strategy and hopefully someone who has experience in this field to help.
Don’t Ruin The History With Renovations
Of course, there might be some necessary renovations or repairs that you have to take in order to sell your home safely. You might be tempted to take shortcuts when fixing any problems using modern design or remodeling trends. The last thing you want to do is ruin all of the quirks of your historic home that makes it unique.
Never get rid of historic features that are in-tact. In doing so, you will turn away potentially interested buyers.
Improve Key Rooms With Modern Updates
If there are things around the house that no longer function properly, typically the bathrooms or kitchen, you might consider updating. Don’t worry about adding stainless steel appliances to replace old, worn-out appliances, for example. If you’re looking for appliances that fit better, you may consider restoring some antique appliances.
As you probably guessed, you should make sure to work with contractors who undersand your vision.
Use an Easement To Protect Your Home
Having a historic preservation easement can help you protect all of those historic characteristics that you worked hard to preserve while you lived there. These permanent restriction agreements protect properties from future renovations that could damage the character and integrity of the property.
Stage Your Home In A Modern Way For The Buyer
While you could fill your entire historic house with antique furniture to stage it, you would probably end up spending an arm and a leg. Instead, fill it with modern or transitional pieces. In doing so, you will help the historic features stand out more and show your buyers that they can keep their current furniture and still enjoy all of the benefits of living in this vintage home.
Of course, you may simply not have the time or money to sell your historic home through traditional pathways. If that’s the case, make sure to get in contact with us here at TruBuyers. We’ve helped thousands of customers sell their homes off-market for high value without making and repairs or renovations.