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Remodeling? Don’t Alter These 5 Unique Features

Living Room with Stained Glass Windo in Older Oklahoma City RentalIf you’re preparing an older Oklahoma City rental property for new tenants, it would do you well to have it renovated for the new generation of tenants to come. Before you decide on anything, however, you have to know that there are a few features in older homes worth keeping. There are things that you shouldn’t remodel. 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 remodel any unique features of your property, contemplate how you can preserve them for their character, instead.

Hardwood Floors

If you’re big on long-term maintenance, you could benefit from this. Don’t be so quick to remove or cover up hardwood flooring. Not only is the beauty of a hardwood floor something that you and your tenants can enjoy, but it can also raise your property values. Carpet cleaning won’t even have to be an issue!

Exposed Beams and Mantels

Likewise, if your property has wooden mantels or exposed ceiling beams, maybe you won’t have to resort to removing or painting over them. Because of the warm beauty of natural wood features, many homeowners and renters prefer this aesthetic. 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! Their unique details are once again trendy and in-demand, making your rental property’s appeal even more attractive.

Stained Glass

One other cool feature about older homes is the use of stained glass. There will always be people who find stained glass windows unattractive; still, these pieces of art will always find their own place in many homes. Nonetheless, you can make good use of them. Colored glass panes help add light to dark spaces while preserving privacy. If you prefer, you could also rehouse the stained glass panes into another window in another part of a house, like a bathroom. This ensures that the home’s unique style and history are kept without turning off new, potential renters.

Banquettes and Butler Pantries

After years and years of homes built without utility rooms and built-in features, these useful elements are finally back in demand. Thus, if your older rental home has a butler pantry (small room next to the kitchen) or banquettes (built-in bench seating), it might not be a bad idea to keep them. Homeowners and renters can enjoy the convenience of having built-ins while being able to utilize a butler pantry for whatever they see fit.

A rental property renovation will not come easy. However, it’s key to capitalize on the property’s unique details. Use these details to raise the value of your property, instead. Make the charm work on new potential renters.


Would you like to learn more about creating a rental property that tenants will love? Trust the local experts at Real Property Management Elevate. You can call us at 405-876-7611 or contact us online.

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