3 Charming ways to maintain your old house's allure without breaking your budget

by Jacqui Zuzgo 07/31/2022

Old houses have an allure to them that many newer models may be missing, unless specifically built to model an older home. Whether it's the nostalgia from your family home, you're a history buff with a dream of living in a historic district or you're simply one of many old house enthusiasts, old homes have a pull that seldom goes unnoticed.

And let's say you get you find your dream home, make an offer, and actually get to live in the house you've always wanted. Are there any other steps to living on the property where the home sits? What about old house restoration? What about room expansion? What about smaller projects that could benefit both your life and your home site?

Here are three smaller projects that can be done around an old house and older property to enrich your lifestyle and maintain your old house's allure.

Add foliage

A benefit of having an old home is its aesthetic. However, that aesthetic can be threatened by things such as decrepit trees, blank places where flora once stood or any or the hundreds of thousands of combinations associated with decreased curb appeal. But fret not. There's a fairly simple solution: add more foliage.

Trees such as evergreens, oaks (depending on your location) and willows can bring an added level of allure to your home. These trees are also fairly easy to care for, and bring an enticing nostalgia to the property.

Swap out your windows & doors

Old houses, while boasting excellent and often Herculean structures, tend to have one correlating flaw across the board: energy efficiency leaks. These leaks are often due to warped doors or windows still hanging in their original framework.

For doors, try adding an energy-efficient style - like fiberglass or vinyl. When hanging new windows, opt for double panes, since they can save anywhere from 18% to 24% on your utilities.

Update old house features

Old houses often come with old features, like dumbwaiters, narrow staircases or now-decorative fireplaces. While some of these items may hold a host of charm, some can be updated, cleaned or put back into use after a thorough inspection.

Electrical systems and plumbing should be taken care of first, especially if there's an issue as noted by a professional. However, updating insulation behind walls, adding a more energy-efficient wall surface or even repurposing old laundry chutes can not only capitalize on your home's character, but help you save a little extra in the long run.

Whether you're purchasing an older house to flip or live in for years to come, updating some of the older features can maintain the appeal of the home without causing you headaches down the road.

About the Author
Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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