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Remodeling? Don’t Alter These 5 Unique Features

Living Room with Stained Glass Windo in Older Spring RentalIf you’re preparing an older Spring rental property for new tenants, it’s not a bad idea to contemplate renovating for the new generation of tenants. But, before you initiate the process, take note of a few things that shouldn’t be remodeled in older homes. These features give so much detail to the overall look and feel of the house. Remodeling them might prove to be counter-productive, and expensive, as well. Before you modify any unique features of your property, consider how you can use the features to your benefit, instead.

Hardwood Floors

If long-term maintenance is something you are looking at, this might be for you. Don’t be so quick to remove or cover up hardwood flooring. You and your tenants can witness the valuable beauty of a hardwood floor that gives your property values a boost. You will be able to save so much because you won’t need carpet cleaning.

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 are quite popular with homeowners and renters because it brings a warm beauty to any space. 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. Even though such features aren’t evident in modern architecture, they are still very much relevant! Unique details like this are sure to be trendy and in-demand once more, making it all the better for your rental property’s appeal.

Stained Glass

One other cool feature about older homes is the use of stained glass. All throughout history, stained glass windows have always been sought after — even when there are those who find them unattractive. This is why you can use its own charm to your advantage. 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. In so doing, you preserve the home’s unique style and history without scaring off any new renters.

Banquettes and Butler Pantries

After so long of homes being built without utility rooms and built-in features, these useful elements are now seeing a return in demand. Due to this, if your older rental home has a butler pantry (small room next to the kitchen) or banquettes (built-in bench seating), you should opt to retain them. A butler pantry and built-ins will certainly prove to be useful and convenient for homeowners and renters alike — these are added areas of storage and utility for them, after all.

Thinking of renovating a rental property? It will come with its own challenges. However, it’s key to capitalize on the property’s unique details. Don’t immediately get rid of them by remodeling. Try to assess the situation and look for ways to use these details to 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 Republic. You can call us at 281-362-5001 or contact us online.

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