Pro Tip: Historic Property Remodeling


Eastern North Carolina is rich in history and historic properties. Many of our customers would prefer restoring a historic home over building new. AG’s Home Solutions wants you to get the most out of your historic home renovation while guiding you through the process. If you own a historic home or commercial property in Washington, Greenville, or Winterville, we would be happy to partner with you on your project. We’ve compiled a list of five things you should know when you are planning a renovation of a historic home.

1. Consult with local Historical Society and National Registry of Historic Places

It’s easier to beg for forgiveness than ask permission, right? That is not the case with historic properties.  Before doing anything, reach out to your local historical society.  Not only will they share your local guidelines, but they can also provide information on tax credits or any local grants that may be available for your project. Sometimes they can provide history to include photographs, previous owners and interesting facts about your home.  You may also want to check the  National Register of Historic Places.

2. Evaluate key areas – get a full picture of your project

If you have not bought the property yet, partner with a local real estate professional who has experience with historic homes. You’re likely going to have to update five specific parts of your historic home:

  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Electrical
  • Windows
  • Insulation

When you buy a home, no matter the age or type, you want to buy it, remodel it and live in it with confidence. A complete home inspection gives you that peace of mind, because you know you’re aware of all the property’s problem areas. Things such as plumbing, electrical, insulation, wood rot, mold, and lead are common in older homes, AG’s Home Solutions is co-owned by a local Realtor and 2 Licensed General Contractors to ensure you have a full picture of your project.

3. Set a realistic budget with reserve/contingency funds and timeline

While you want to budget for more than you think you’ll need with any home remodeling project, that goes double, maybe even triple, for a historic home renovation. You never know what you may find once you get started. Something inside the walls that sets you back two steps – or $2,000 can begin to add up. These setbacks can also add time to your project.  By anticipating such opportunities, you’re prepared to address them without stress, eliminating something from your wish list or putting the project on hold.

4.  Obtain needed permits, surveys, drawings or plans

Depending on the scope of your project you may need to pull a local building permit.  During the permitting process, some projects will require a survey, drawings, or a full set of plans. Each project is unique, so it is best to explore what is needed before demo begins.

5. Keep Character in Mind

Before changing anything about a historic home, walk through it to get a feel for its character, its vibe. Do some research into when the home was built, if it was built for a specific purpose and how it looked when it was first built. Take a look at the homes around yours. The reason you’re interested in the home in the first place is likely because of the character imbued in its walls. As you’re planning renovations, do what you can to keep that character intact. Think of your remodel as an upgrade rather than as wiping the board clean and starting all over.

No matter the age of your home, AG’s Home Solutions is here to help bring out its best. Reach out for help with renovating your historic property by calling our office at (252) 947-2526. Visit the photo gallery on our website to check out some of the historic homes we have renovated. To learn more about historic preservation in the State of North Carolina, visit the NCHPO website by clicking HERE.