Renovate for Historic Preservation

by Washington Federal Team on July 5, 2011

Restoring a historic home can be an exciting undertaking with countless benefits. Protecting your local history and purchasing a home with high quality craftsmanship at a discounted price are a few of the many reasons home buyers search for properties to renovate for historic preservation. Moreover, the end result of your renovation project will be a beautiful historic home with all the modern luxuries that your family needs. Before you begin the process, review these dos and donts to make your historic home renovation a success:


  • Set a budget for your renovations. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a great resource for funding your historic renovation if your home needs more work than your current budget allows.
  • Carefully inspect the house for any structural problems or possible dangers such as flaking lead paint. Bad foundations or sagging ceilings are not insurmountable problems, but others can raise your renovation costs to astronomical levels.
  • Become familiar with and be prepared to follow the guidelines set by the National Park Service and your state or local historic preservation office to ensure proper restoration regulations are followed.


  • Rush into renovating your home as soon as you move in. Get to know its history, features, and unique charms first.  Your local city and county governments and libraries can help.  You may even be able to find an old picture of your home.
  • Try to do all the work yourself. An experienced historic renovation contractor can help determine what repairs are necessary while still preserving your historic home as much as possible.
  • Tear down any distinct features of your home. In fact, you may need state or local government approval to make exterior changes.

If you’re interested in restoring a historic home, the National Trust for Historic Preservation offers home listings across the U.S. Renovating a historical home takes a lot of research, time and hard work, but the benefits far surpass the required efforts. By partnering with your local historic preservation office and an experienced contractor you can produce a beautiful, classic home while preserving a local piece of history.

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