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Top tips when buying a period property

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?
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