Breathing New Life Into Older Homes
By Billings Farnsworth
In different regions of the country the houses are styled in different ways. With varying patterns of weather moving through the regions each season the styles and functions of houses are fitted to meet the climate and geographical weather conditions that houses are exposed to. In some areas swamp coolers or evaporative coolers are sufficient to cope with the summer months, whereas in other parts of the country the need for centrally controlled air conditioning is an absolute must.
Depending upon the area a region of the country that a home buyer is looking at to set down roots they will encounter houses that reflect the style and period that give them character that is inherent to a specific area. In New England for instance, people are used to brick houses that were build at the turn of the twentieth century and where the most modern neighborhoods were established fifty years ago. Finding a home that has character is not a problem in the northeast, but finding a house that has been modernized with updated wiring and plumbing may offer more of a challenge.
The charm and historical character of older homes can be more affordable that other homes, but buyer should be aware that fuse boxes and wiring design has dramatically changed since the house was originally built and that buying a house that is 100 years old may present some interesting issues. For the ambitious remodeling enthusiast the thought of renovating a period home is one that excites the imagination and presents the possibility of doing some amazing work to upgrade not only the older electrical systems, but to thoroughly modernize the interior of the house and bring a classic style into the modern world.
After outfitting the house with many upgrades the renovation enthusiast may be able to turn a handsome profit on the house by selling it on the real estate market. There are some people that make a good living by buying fixing up and then selling homes that are in need of repair and renovation. With many foreclosed and bank owned properties selling in as is condition the real estate market is becoming a place where opportunities are abounding for professionals that are interested in turning a profit from the purchase overhaul and remodel of homes that are in less than perfect condition.
For the east coast period houses that have not seen the conveniences of modernization being incorporated into their designs the realm of possibility is endless for contractors to revitalize and renew older homes and make a tidy profit in the process.
RE/MAX (http://www.remax-nj.com/) was established in New Jersey in 1985. Over the past 20+ years, the company has experienced consistent growth expanding now to over 205 offices across the state and nearly 3,400 Associates.