How to Research Your Home’s History

Have you ever wondered what your home looked like when it was built? Who has lived here, is there any historical significance? Maybe you want to learn more about the home you’re already in or maybe you’re trying to learn a bit about a luxury home you want to buy – but how?! Here we’re going to show you how to research the history and style of your home.

Did You Know: The more you know about the history of your home, the better decisions you’ll be able to make about listing it, decorating and renovating it? It’s true!

Uncovering Your Home’s Architectural Style

Uncovering your home’s original architectural style is a great way to learn about the history of the house. Once you know what the style is, you’ll be able to figure out what the home’s original features and colour palette and choose your renovations more wisely.

Need to find your home’s style? Click here to check out this handy reference guide.

Talk to the Neighbours

When in doubt, have a chat with the neighbours. This may not be ideal (especially if you’ve got a luxury estate with no neighbours around!), but if you can have a chat with them, you should. They’ll be able to tell you about what changes, if any, have been made to the home.

They might even be able to tell you anything of historical value about the home (this can be especially important if you’re trying to learn something about older luxury homes before you buy). Make sure you stick with neighbours that have lived in the area for a while to get the best information.

Searching for Clues

You might be amazed at how easy it is to uncover some of the original details of your home. You’ll want to look around and take pictures – that weird light fixture in the hallway and the strange moulding in the dining room could all be clues! Here is a quick list of things to look out for:

v  Lighting

v  Floorboards and Moulding

v  Hardware

v  Cabinetry

v  Floorboards

v  Windows

A smart craftsman will be able to replicate old details of your home and bring them back to life.

Researching Your Home’s History

If you’re not content with guessing and hearsay, it’s time to level up to researching the history of your home on your own! Most information out there is in regards to genealogy, but you’ll be amazed at how far records can go back – you may even find out interesting stuff about the land your home (or future home) is built on – and all the homes that came before it! Check out these resources:

Ontario Land and Property Records

Ontario Ministry of Government Services (search for land archives)

Trying to learn a bit more about the home you already own or one you’d like to buy? We can help! Everyone on the Goodale Miller Team has been living and working in the Oakville luxury real estate market for years and we can help you understand not only the history of homes, but the actual value. Contact us today and see what we can do for you.

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