Not only is it important to list your vintage home with a REALTOR who has a trained eye; being represented by a REALTOR while looking to BUY a historic home is just as crucial.
The Randy Kellogg Real Estate Group nurtures a network of valuable restoration specialists, experts and guides that is invaluable to clients that want to purchase an older home. Those who embark in the exciting and rewarding process to buy a home with heritage, from purists to renovators- will want to be connected with a database of reviewed contractors.
We love history, good design & sustainability. You may be surprised to learn that buying old is buying green. There are countless reasons why buying and preserving a vintage home is the sustainable way to live. Here are a few that top our lists;
Old growth wood. Wood from 100 years ago is old growth- meaning the tree grew much more slowly and has taken the past 100 or so years drying out. The rings in old wood appear closer together. Newer pine wood can be as young as 20-30 years!
Old windows. There is a common misconception that old windows are causing major heat loss. Simply not true! Windows older than 1960 were made to repair- not replace (as a rule). While it’s true that glazing, resealing & reframing may need to happen- but the majority of heat loss is happening from the joists in the walls and the roof. There are so many ways to insulate other areas of the house and significantly improve your R values.
Community. There is a sense of time and place, of setting- that many older homes embody. Many historic beauties are sited walking distance to shops and dining. Surrounded by mature trees and vegetation which naturally offers insulation, visual interest and surprisingly- give you savings on utility bills. See this website for more information about how trees save you money: www.treebenefits.com/calculator Homes that are in rural areas offer their own unique love story.
Working with a Certified Old Home Specialist gives you the advantage of obtaining as much information about the house you are buying and the mechanical systems installed.