10 Things to Know Before You Sell an Historic Home

Real Estate Agent with Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate

marble fireplaceThe world and the world of Real Estate have changed since I got into selling historic homes almost 30 years ago, so what follows is a review of points to remember before you list or sell an historic home in today's market.

1. Don't worry if it does not have a glitzy interior but retains original features such as marble mantles.

2. Don't worry if it's not "open plan"original millwork but worry if so many interior walls have been removed that the house has lost its original character.

3. Worry if you have removed all the original millwork.

4. Worry if you have made the fireplaces either disappear or have changed them into something that looks like it came from Home Depot.

5. Worry if it still has "knob and tube" wiring, because your buyer won't be able to get homeowners' insurance.

6. Worry if it has a well which has not been tested in many years.

maintenance7. Worry if it has a septic system that consists of either a cesspool or has not been regularly serviced and tested.

8. Rejoice if a bit of open space (or a lot of open space) surrounds the house and if you still have a preserved outbuilding or barn.

9. If you have not been doing regular repairs preserved barnon the roof or major systems, expect that your house will be sold as a "fixer-upper" at a commensurate price.

10. Rejoice if you have kept up repairs and there are no signs of swaying chimneys, missing slates or roof shingles, cracked plaster, or ugly water stains on the ceilings. Neglecting upkeep has an ugly name, and it is "demolition by neglect."

And do REJOICE that you have been fortunate to live in a piece of history that is valued by your community and a treasure for all to enjoy!


This information is presented by Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource in Delaware and Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania.


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Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

I enjoyed reading your post Carolyn Roland !  I am certain Pennsylvania has older real estate treasures than Texas, but this is great information for those considering a historic property!

Nov 01, 2017 07:36 PM #1
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA  Very good report about selling a historic home.

Nov 01, 2017 08:05 PM #2
Jackchen Martinez

Thanks for sharing this informative post. It’s really helpful for all home sellers. Recently I have sold my old home through Gary Aver RE/MAX United & they also suggested me the same which you have shared here.
Thank you

Nov 01, 2017 11:57 PM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Carolyn... what a great post. I almost never deal with historic homes in my market (more brand new), but every so often I have a client who wants to see one and needs answers.

Nov 02, 2017 03:54 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Carolyn. I live in a very old home that I basically re-did keeping the character.

Nov 02, 2017 06:46 AM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I love your philosophy Carolyn and would not hesitate to send clients wanting an Old Soul home to you. I'm not a specialist in these properties, but nothing makes me sicker than to walk into a historic home and see a lack of respect to the era or original character. Flippers in our area ruined a number of cool old homes...greedy buggers. D 

Nov 02, 2017 01:34 PM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Carolyn, excellent blog for us here in the rain to learn from.  Keep them coming.

Nov 06, 2017 08:43 AM #7
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