As specialists in period property, Gowers Surveyors offer a dedicated Period Property Building Surveys for historic, listed and unique buildings built before 1919. These reports are as comprehensive as a standard Building Survey, but offer specific details about how to look after your period home so that you can enjoy it for years to come.
The UK housing market operates under a “buyer beware” policy, where the seller is under no obligation to disclose hidden defects to potential purchasers. Without commissioning a survey you are leaving yourself vulnerable to problems that may not be apparent to an untrained eye, but may cost thousands in remedial work once you take possession.
Why do I need a Period Property Survey?
With their timber frames, sash windows and thatched roofs, it’s not surprising that so many buyers are drawn to the charm and character of period buildings. However, their unique features can create unique problems, and historic construction methods will typically demand a very different kind of care than modern building techniques. It’s not uncommon to find problems relating to:
• Solid walls
• Old wiring or plumbing
• Thatched or stone roofs
• Exposed timber
• Faulty or non-existent damp-proof course (DPC)
• Unauthorised modifications to a listed property
Whether the building you intend to buy looks immaculately cared for or is visibly in need of renovations, a professional investigation into its condition will help you to make an informed, confident decision about its purchase.
What does a Period Property Building Survey include?
Conducted by a Building Surveyor with experience of the style and period of your property, a Period Property Building Survey includes specific details about the current condition of unusual features and the steps you will need to take to maintain them. Examples include how to allow solid walls to “breathe”, the most appropriate way to manage damp patches and how to make repairs that won’t damage the character of the building over time.
After the inspection is complete, you will receive a detailed yet easy-to-read document, including any observed defects and remedial recommendations. It will also include notes for your legal advisor, bespoke suggestions of how to improve the energy efficiency of the building and relevant information about listed status or conservation area restrictions. As with any of our reports, your surveyor will be happy to go through any questions you may have, and highlight any areas which may need more specialist investigation.
Gowers Surveyors have offices Cambridge, Peterborough and Stamford, and are happy to hear from customers across the East of England. If you would like more information or to arrange a Period Property Building Survey for a home you are interested in, please don’t hesitate to contact us.