They gain in beauty if carefully maintained
Houses built over 100 years ago hold an irresistible attraction for many people. Their structure has stood the test of time and decorative elements from another era give them an aura of mystery. When you visit a century home, do you love imagining the generations of people who lived there with all their joys and sorrows?
Century, old or ancestral; whatever name you give them, old homes are material witnesses to the history of a town. Sought after by history lovers, connoisseurs, collectors and restorers, these houses preserve the heritage of a region and allow us to travel back through time. If carefully maintained, century-old houses gain in beauty and value. Some buyers turn them into museums or bed-and-breakfast inns; others transform them into beautiful private homes.
Choosing to buy a century home typically means being confronted with some renovating challenges. Current standards for insulation, electricity, plumbing and ventilation are sometimes difficult to implement. Before making any changes to an old house, find out about the different options available and talk to contractors.