Wed 09 Mar 2016
Whilst the thought of owning a little piece of Old England can be immensely appealing it is worth doing your homework before proceeding with a purchase so you know exactly what to expect in the future.
Is the building definitely listed?
You can contact the Listed Property Owners Club to clarify this information. If you are currently purchasing a listed building it is advisable to check that any previous work carried out on the property has had the relevant consent obtained. You could be liable not only for work you do in the future but also any work carried out in the past. Following on from this the LPOC would suggest taking out a specialist insurance policy to cover such events.
Repairs and maintenance – consider the costs.
It is particularly important to ensure that no moisture is affecting the property on a regular basis by checking roof coverings, drains, down pipes etc. This is often the cause of more significant issues if left un-attended. Unlike modern homes, traditional building tend to require more regular maintenance and again it is essential to ensure adequate insurance is in place.
Replacing key features.
Only when a feature is completely beyond repair should you replace it. Traditional joinery requires regular up-keep to prevent deterioration. Remember that local planning authorities are unlikely to accept cheaper off the shelf replacements so regular maintenance is a must!
Get the right survey.
Instruct a buildings surveyor who specialises in historic buildings.
Here’s a selection of the listed properties we currently have for sale:
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