Top tips when buying a period property
Period homes offer beautiful and unique features and a wealth of character and charm.
However, maintaining or restoring an old house can sometimes be a time-consuming and costly process.
It’s important to think carefully before you invest in a period property, so take time to consider these essential elements to ensure you get the very best from your buy.
Buying a piece of history
We’re often buying a piece of history when we purchase a Period Home and as such, are merely stewards in its life, tasked with its upkeep and repair in order to retain the character and charm for future generations.
- Is this a listed building and are any parts attached to it also listed?
- Are you going to get Listed Building Consent should you wish to make any alterations to the structure or layout?
- Does the building have any particular structural concerns, wall ties, ancient rights of way or restrictive obligations or covenants?
- Have all works carried out by previous owners been done to the correct standard and do they have Local Authority approval, with the correct paperwork available?
- Does the property have leaded or mullioned windows, or other key listed features that may require specific maintenance over time?
- Are there any potential access limitations, narrow staircases or door frames, or low ceilings, which mean certain furniture may not always fit ?
- Do I need a specialist RICS survey carried out in addition to a mortgage survey?
- Am I prepared to overlook some of the quirks or charms of the property rather than try to make it fit my modern requirements?
- Is there any difficultly obtaining building or contents insurance? Do I need a specialist insurer, ie for thatched cottages.
- Have I got the time and budget to both maintain and enjoy my new home?