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Remodeling Historic Homes: Best Practices for Earning More Leads

If you’re interested in historic home renovation and want to improve the flow of profitable leads, consider aligning and working more closely with your local historic landmark commission.

While it’s usually the first resource for homeowners, historical commission officials often refer knowledgeable contractors to homeowners seeking recommendations. These contractors join the commission for networking and educational events so they can fully understand the rules and best practices associated with historic renovation projects and home remodeling products. For example, the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC) hosts a council expressively for remodelers.

Kip Faulk, south Louisiana territory sales manager for LP Building Solutions, frequently meets with the council. Just last year, Faulk presented LP® SmartSide® Smooth Trim & Siding to the HDLC and council, answering questions on the product’s technology and durability. Faulk secured approval of LP SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding as it fit HDLC’s requirements for historic home renovation.

“HDLC requires houses be a smooth-sanded aesthetic,” says Faulk. “Before LP SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding was approved, remodelers were forced to use fiber cement lap and trim, which doesn’t fit the historic characteristics of New Orleans. My advice is to learn the local historic code inside and out. The HDLC rules are rigid, but they are clear-cut.” Additionally, Faulk recommends: 

  • Network with all historical commissions and attend educational programs.
  • Get to know the inspectors, which will help you understand what they look for.
  • Learn the zoning requirements at city hall.
  • Gather lists of all tax incentives, credits, grants and historical funds available for homeowners and learn how to meet remodeling rules.

“It’s important to have a strong knowledge of the local commission,” says Faulk. “It’s the best tool you can obtain for yourself.” Interested in how other remodelers preserve local charm? Read this project spotlight on a nearly 100-year-old bungalow-style home that was remodeled with LP SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding.

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