[10 on Tuesday] Toolkit Round-Up: The Buyer’s Guide to Historic Homes

Posted on: October 8th, 2013 by Emily Potter 3 Comments

Historic home in Virginia. Credit: NCinDC, flickr

This week’s round-up of toolkits brings you tips, style guides, and helpful checklists to help you navigate through your search for your historic dream house. While many steps are the same for both historic and more modern homes, buying a historic house often adds a few special elements and considerations to the process. After all, one of the reasons we love historic houses is for their distinct charm and unique characteristics!


How to Find a Historic House

When you decide you want to include historic homes in your new-home search, this toolkit will get you started on the right path -- from determining which houses are truly “historic” versus “old,” to understanding how to go about finding available historic homes in your area.


Buying a Historic Home: What’s Your Style? (Part 1)

One of the most fun parts about buying a historic home is deciding which architectural style suits your tastes and needs the best. This post has you covered from Spanish Colonial to the Vernacular/American Four-Square.


Buying a Historic Home: What’s Your Style? (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our style guide, you’ll find examples of everything from Second Empire to Art Deco. Whether you’re in the market to buy a house or not, you can still enjoy browsing through these two toolkits to figure out your favorite historic home style.


How to Finance Your Historic House

Unfortunately, it’s not all about deciding between Colonial Revival and Victorian -- there are some numbers involved. This toolkit helps you navigate the financial details you’ll need to know and understand in order to turn your dream historic home into a reality.


10 Tips on Inspecting Historic Homes Before You Buy

As you can imagine, historic homes may need a bit more inspection than others. While a professional inspection is required during the purchase process, we put together a list of things to look out for from the moment you first step inside.


One Last Checklist Before You Buy Your Historic Home

Before you sign on the dotted line, take a moment to make sure this is the house for you. There are many historic houses out there waiting to be loved, and each has its own set of quirks and characteristics that make it unique. Use this checklist to make sure you’re prepared for all the rewards and opportunities that owning a historic home can bring.


Stay tuned for another round-up of toolkits on what to do next after you've made your purchase!

Are you looking to buy a historic home? What kinds of things did you take into consideration?

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Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

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3 Responses

  1. The Boys from Cherry Street

    October 10, 2013

    Great resource! Consider it shared!

  2. Craig Kratovil

    October 17, 2013

    We would love to place our project in a larger, public arena of attention. This home has a wonderful past worth sharing, a present worth attention, and a future worth investing in.

    Thank you for any consideration.


    Craig Kratovil

  3. Liana Orr

    October 23, 2013

    Great except for one thing. You do NOT have to have the property appraised BEFORE you sign a contract to purchase. The sale should be contingent on the property appraising for the purchase price.