Elements of a Successful Home Restoration Project


Looking to have old home restoration done? Restoration is a massive project that most people don’t really want to take on themselves. It’s easy to ruin a structure if you don’t know what you’re doing. An older home can have significant value; preserving that value requires planning, expertise, and funding. Here’s what you need to look for before hiring anyone for your project.


Planning ahead

Before you hire anyone, it’s important to decide how you want the home to look. Some people might want to change certain aspects of the old house while keeping other aspects of it. Others might want to change the entire home completely. Each person will have their preference, but you need to make up your mind about how you want the house to look in the end after the old home restoration is complete. Take these things into consideration:

  • Does it need a new roof?
  • Do you plan to change the paint?
  • Are any rooms going to be changed or stay the same?
  • Does it need modern appliances and electrical work?
  • Will things need to be changed to comply with current codes and regulations?
  • What is the budget going to be?

Hiring Experts

Once you have a basic plan drawn out of how you want the home to look, then you can start to look for experts for this type of long project. You may decide to restore parts of the house at one time, or you might be doing the entire thing all at once. Most people will probably restore a home a room at a time, especially if they are still living in the structure.

Make sure the contractor understands the needs you have when it comes to the old home restoration. If you don’t explain yourself clearly then the home isn’t going to look the way you want. The contractor will need to know all the details before they begin. You might pick out paint, flooring, and other things before they work or you can have them do it for you.


To find experts for a home restoration you can begin your search online. Look for companies that have been in business for a long time and arе in your local area.  Once you find a couple that you like, then you can call them and set up appointments for them to view the home and give you some ideas on cost. Let them know your budget so they can estimate if that will be enough to cover the costs of doing the old home restoration. It’s always best to have some funds in reserve as a project of this size is probably going to cost a lot of money to complete.


A contractor can cut corners and use inferior products, but this is probably not best if you want the home to look great. Once you have worked out all the details with the contractor and receive some solid quotes, then you can hire them for the work.

The Wood Doctor is the leader in wood restoration, refinishing and refacing in the Portland area. Call 503-560-5220 for a project consultation.

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