Buying an Older Home

In a world where sleek, modern architecture often takes the spotlight, the timeless appeal and character of older homes hold a unique appeal. Buying an older home is like unearthing a piece of history and embracing the stories that echo through its walls.

Older homes exude a distinct charm, boasting architectural details and craftsmanship that may be difficult to find in newer constructions. Intricate woodwork, stained glass windows, unique fixtures and era-specific architecture are just a few elements that make these homes stand out. Every home has a story to tell, and buying one means becoming a part of that story. Each creaky floorboard and every hand-carved banister whispers tales of the past, transporting you to a different era in your everyday life.

Inspections and Repairs

With any home, let alone one an older one, it’s important to hire a professional inspector to identify any present or future problems you may encounter as the new owner. As a buyer, it’s important to meter your expectations, as most older homes will exhibit some red flags here and there. Understanding them is important for the negotiation stage and establishing next-steps.

Once the purchase is complete and you've moved into your older home, it's advisable to create a thorough plan for addressing any flagged concerns. Prioritize repairs or upgrades based on urgency and budget. Establish a relationship with reliable contractors who specialize in historical or older homes to ensure the necessary work is completed efficiently and effectively. Your REALTOR® will often have connections with professionals in relevant industries, or know someone who does.

Upgrades and Renovations

While most homeowners would prefer to preserve the unique charm of their older homes, several opt to renovate the structural integrity and interior spaces, either partially or entirely, in order to achieve the best of both worlds.

  • Structural & Appliance Upgrades - After purchasing an older home, prioritizing structural and appliance upgrades is paramount to ensure safety, efficiency and overall functionality. Structural improvements may involve reinforcing the foundation, updating the electrical and plumbing systems or addressing any signs of wear and tear in load-bearing components. Simultaneously, modernizing appliances, such as HVAC systems, water heaters and insulation, can significantly enhance energy efficiency, reduce utility costs and improve the home's overall sustainability.
  • Kitchen Renovations - The kitchen is often the heart of a home, and in an older property it's a prime space for renovations. Upgrading an older kitchen can involve a range of enhancements, from updating cabinetry, countertops and flooring to installing modern appliances and fixtures. Reconfiguring the layout for a more open and functional space is another popular choice.
  • Bathroom Renovations - Bathroom renovations are key upgrades after purchasing an older home, as bathrooms are essential spaces that significantly impact daily living. Upgrades can include replacing outdated fixtures, updating flooring and tiling, installing efficient plumbing systems and enhancing storage options. Additionally, modernizing the bathroom design to create a more spa-like atmosphere or to accommodate changing lifestyle needs should be on your agenda.


If you have any further questions about buying an older home, or you’re interested in browsing what’s available, don’t hesitate to reach out and speak with our knowledgeable team of professionals with tenured experience in the Kelowna real estate market. We’ll help you make important decisions and put you in contact with the right people every step of the way.