Tips For Historic Home Owners (#16 Patience)

By Scott Sidler • December 21, 2012

This will be the last post in our series Tips For Historic Home Owners. I really hope you've enjoyed these helpful mini posts and that you've found some value in the info.

We’ve been told that patience is a virtue all of our lives. Well, it turns out that when it comes owning an old house, it can be more than just a virtue. Patience can save a historic homeowner buckets of frustration and piles of cash.

Planning your renovations on an old house is pivotal to success. Zig Ziglar used to say, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” You have to have a plan. And that plan needs time to percolate.

Before you make any big changes to your house, live in it for at least a year. I’ve found that it takes at least that long to begin to appreciate a historic home’s quirks. Buying an old home is like buying a new pair of shoes. It takes some time to break things in until you really know just how comfortable (or uncomfortable) it will be for you.

Don’t rush to tear down walls and replace elements you don’t like. Give it some time, and the solutions that will work best will reveal themselves. Remember, once you tear it out, it’s gone forever.

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