What to consider when looking to buy historic homes

Joe Vitale


You’ll find a lot more character and often higher quality of materials in a historic home, such as solid wood doors, wider trim molding, crown molding, plaster walls and much more. Lansing has many historically aged homes, but many of them have no longer qualify because people put on vinyl siding and windows. Like type materials need to be used to qualify for a historic designation.

The first thing I always do is look at the foundation in the basement of a historic home. If the foundation is in good shape, you know the structure is stable.

Prospective buyers should ask themselves whether a historic home is something they would want to revitalize. There are plenty that need revitalizing, and plenty of historic homes revitalized that tend to sell quickly.

An overlooked component of a historic home is the architecture. You need to understand how the house is going to flow. A Tudor style historic house will not have the same range of renovation or space opportunities as an American Foursquare.

Keep in mind, historic homes are usually located within city centers, rural city centers or main roads of transport that date back to the late 1800s, early 1900s.

We would always welcome any questions about buying historic homes.


Century 21 Looking Glass

271 Woodland Pass, East Lansing




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