Restoration of Your Home - Do it Right

Services for Real Estate Pros with The Historic Interior

It is important to remember in these economic times that when faced with the sometimes overwhelming job of the restoration of your home you do not become dispirited with the project. The hiring of specialists and contractors is the most important aspect of the process, for even with the best researched plan for your home, if it is not carried out professionally and ethically you are in for a lot of heartache.

Now, if you were afraid of a challenge you would not have bought the house in the first place and much emotion is at play. Trying to find these professionals can be daunting and who to trust with your baby (not to mention your pocketbook) is scary.

Turning to the local yellow pages is not really where you should look for help; one of the best places to rely on is your local historic house museum.  The curator will have a list of experts that they have relied on to help them with their various projects and whether the museum is the same period of your home or not, the artisans/ experts they refer will still be able to help you.

From paint analysis and color selection, to period correct flooring and window treatments, you will find these experts not only knowledgeable in their field but also more than willing to talk with you on how to start your project whatever it is.

Another great source is the nearest college or University that has a historic preservation dept. The faculty often is one of the experts that you seek and if not they definitely will know who to call; they also could help you with research in the form of a student looking for a project.

One of the nicest things about the field of Historic Preservation is that I have always found everyone so helpful, perhaps because they know that anyone who is willing to help preserve a lovely home is to be encouraged, supported and most importantly listened to.

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Comments (5)

Wanda Phillips
Success Investment Realty - Altamonte Springs, FL

Thanks for the tips.  Very useful post.

Apr 30, 2009 01:35 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Louise ~ I think one of the "benefits" of tough economic times is that when money is tight houses are less likely to get remuddled or to have the character remodeled out of them.  People will be more likely to live with what they have than to take on projects.  That can be a good thing in terms of historic preservation.


Apr 30, 2009 04:58 PM
Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging - Toronto, ON

Great info for those wondering where to start!

You have such beautiful homes in the U.S. which are so worthy of saving. It is unbelievable to me that in some towns they can't even give them away right now. :(


May 05, 2009 12:29 PM
Brenda Carus
Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate - Monroe, WI

Historic restoration can be a big job without knowing who to contact for help.  You have some great tips here.

May 14, 2009 08:07 AM
Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

Great idea to check with the local university as a resource. I hadn't thought of that

Jun 03, 2009 06:26 AM