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Houses have been built in all shapes and sizes in the UK, from homes dating back hundreds of years to new builds that are just coming out of the ground!


Houses Built Pre 1930s
-Older Property Checks
-Houses Built Post 1930s

-Checks for Houses Since 1930

Houses Built Pre 1930s
Many homes built before this period are attractive as they have lots of character, are typically of strong construction such as stone or brick, with good sized gardens and prime locations in town centres or small villages.

However, the main thing you need to appreciate is that these properties were built without any building controls being in place, which means you need to make sure they are structurally sound. For example, some older properties were built straight onto land with little or no foundations.

Older Property Checks
When buying an older property, it is really important to make the following checks:-

1. Have an independent building survey carried out.
2. Check for damp, timber rot and dry rot.
3. Check the condition of the roof and chimney, make sure there are no leaks.
4. Ensure if a new roof has been put on that the supports were strengthened.
5. Have the foundations checked, particularly if you are looking to extend upwards/outwards.

Be prepared to incur extra costs when you buy/own an older property. Always:-

1. Use a legal company that offers no sale, no fee and fixed fee conveyancing.
2. Check out the utility bills as older properties tend to be less energy efficient.
3. Make sure you understand any historic rights/access and covenant issues.
4. Have a gas and electrical survey carried out - any problems can take £1,000s to put right.
5. If you are having work done, then keep a 30% contingency fund for unforeseen costs.

For more information about how we can help support you throughout your property project, please email or call us 0845 838 1763. We'd love to speak to you!

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