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Historic luxury homes often demand a heightened level of attention and expertise, which can be challenging to handle yourself. These properties possess a distinctive charm worth preserving, yet they also present challenges that may prevent you from fully enjoying your home.

Whether you’ve been fortunate enough to acquire a historic home or have inherited one, you may be questioning the ins and outs of historic luxury estate management. To guide you, we’ve compiled a list of luxury estate management tips that you can use to preserve both the visual appeal and functionality of your Florida home.

1. Carefully Balance Historic Features with Modern Aesthetics

When preserving luxury properties, the key is to keep them well-maintained without making drastic changes that would take away their old-world appeal. Depending on what your goal is, it’s best to focus on maintaining certain character-defining features such as decorative moldings, fireplaces, original hardwood flooring, windows, and the like.

By first identifying these features, you can conserve significant architectural elements that may be difficult—or even impossible—to replicate today.

Once you’ve put together a list of architectural characteristics that you want to preserve, you may also consider making aesthetic changes. However, make sure these complement the original style of the property. The goal is to make them look like they were always part of the structure.

2. Incorporate Modern Upgrades to Enhance Your Property’s Marketability

Implementing modern upgrades can make your otherwise “old” home more convenient and suitable for 21st-century living. You can do this by strategically incorporating modern conveniences into your space.

For example, you might hide stainless steel kitchen appliances behind your historic home’s original cabinetry. Or if you want to infuse your space with your personality, you might add accents that align with the home’s original aesthetic—such as adding steel or timber structures, or copper or metal cladding that covers parts of rooms.

Tip: When modernizing your historic estate, it’s always advisable to consult with the experts. Not only do the costs of construction and renovation take a bit more from your wallet, but proceeding without sufficient knowledge and research may lead to a drop in property value instead.

3. Don’t Forget About the Outdoors

Don’t Forget About the Outdoors

Consider outdoor upgrades, as well. You might add a minimalist pavilion or sunroom, or even an outdoor dining area to highlight your historic estate’s gardens. Upgrades like these can boost your property’s overall curb appeal and allow for a maximized experience, especially if you plan to rent out your property in the future. All of these improvements can increase your historic home’s value, and in turn, enhance its appeal to prospective tenants.

4. Start Incorporating Energy-Efficient Enhancements

Converting your luxury property’s energy source into something more efficient will become more necessary in the long term. Not only is it more eco-friendly, but it can also help lower utility costs. Plus, energy-efficient property improvements can increase your home’s value and make it more appealing to eco-conscious renters.

Here are some tips to get you started:

Improve Insulation

Properly insulated walls and attics can enhance your home’s energy efficiency by providing heat flow resistance. Not only will it lower overall costs, but it can also add to your home’s overall comfort. To avoid damaging historic elements, you may use spray foam or blow-in insulation.

Use Storm Windows/Window Films

Use Storm Windows/Window Films

If you want to preserve the architectural aesthetic of your home’s windows but still have better airflow, why not use storm windows or window films? These enhance the flow of air in and out of windows, without drastically changing your home’s original style.

BIPVs or Solar Panels

These are a popular choice for any homeowner wanting a more eco-friendly approach. Since traditional solar panels can be visually unappealing, you may opt for the BIPVs, which are directly integrated into a property’s design. You can also choose solar roofing slates, which are more discreet than regular solar panels.

It’s still best to collaborate with a property management company so you can explore all the options available, and decide which would work best for your home.

5. Update Existing Plumbing and Electrical Systems

Another crucial factor in maintaining your historic estate is ensuring that your current plumbing and electrical facilities are up to date. Most, if not all, old homes have systems that are not only inefficient, but also have the potential to cause fires, water damage, and other threats.

Any old historical estate can easily suffer from plumbing issues like leaky faucets, running toilets, and more, all of which can increase your water bill and leave you frustrated. Most old homes also don’t meet current electrical code standards, so it may be best to have your luxury estate completely rewired.

Updating your estate’s electrical and plumbing systems will not only reduce the risk of accidents but also make sure your home is up-to-code. Remember, failure to keep your plumbing and electrical systems up to code may prevent you from renting or selling your home in the future, so make sure to be as code-compliant as possible.

Accidents can occur without warning, but you can mitigate this risk by working with a luxury estate management company. These pros, together with their network of trusted vendors, will carry out essential changes without impacting your property’s charm.

6. Be on the Lookout for Asbestos

Be on the Lookout for Asbestos

Many old homes contain asbestos, as it was the commonly used material for insulation. However, that was before its health risks were widely known. Today, the use of asbestos has been prohibited in construction, as its fibers can pose serious health risks such as lung disease.

Should you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, be sure not to remove it yourself. Instead, call your estate manager—they’ll handle it for you and make sure the issue is addressed safely and effectively.

Preserve and Modernize Your Historic Estate with Luxury Property Care

It would be a shame for your historic home not to receive the care it deserves. Fortunately, that’s where we come in.

At Luxury Property Care, we’re committed to guiding you in making the right decisions regarding the management of your luxury estate. We understand that your historic home has unique features necessitating special care, and it’s our goal to preserve its appeal according to its requirements and your preferences.

For more information, call us at (561) 944 – 2992. You may also reach us by completing our contact form. Our property management experts are here to guide you in maintaining your historic luxury estate property.

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