The Three R’s Of Fixing Historic Homes For Sale

Posted by Tom Crimmins Realty, Ltd. on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 at 3:52pm.

It is not a foreign fact that Staten Island has numerous homes that have historic background. These homes may also seem like a good opportunity for a fixer-upper. Before you do, you need to learn the three R’s of fixing up historic homes and their differences.

The three R’s are restoration, renovation and repair.  Some of the differences are minor, but they can make all the difference in cost, time and problems.


“Restoration” literally means returning something to its original state. 

Restoring historic homes on Staten Island that are for sale may involve city and state programs.  It’s essential that you check to see if the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) or if it’s located in a historic district.  If either of these is the case, there is a specific set of rules that you must follow while renovating. 

Cost: Restoration is not a cheap endeavor. For a home to keep its historic value, the materials used need to match the original materials, including furnishings.  These can be very expensive, due to their antique value.


Renovating is less complicated than restoring, at least when talking about what you can and can’t do.  However, with a renovation, you’re generally turning the home into a more modern living place, which lowers its historic value.  Make sure it isn’t listed in the NRHP or located in an historic district, like St. George, Stapleton Heights, and Tottenville.

Cost: Depending on the amount of renovations, i.e., modernizing, gutting or remodeling, this can also be expensive.  However, it’s much easier to find deals on modern appliances than it is on antiques.


Repairs differ because they generally aren’t as in depth as the others.  For restoration repairs, it’s important to use materials that fit the house, such as plaster walls and wooden floors.  For renovation, original materials aren’t as important. 

Cost: Again, the cost depends on the number of repairs, as well as, whether you’re keeping the historic value. 

Whether restoring, renovating or repairing historic homes for sale, the key is cost.  Don’t get so caught up in the possible that you miss the probable.

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