If you have been looking for a new house recently, you might have set your heart on buying a period property. Older homes are often extremely fashionable, no matter what the current design and decor trends are. Not only are they highly sought after because of their style and character, though, but they are usually a lot cheaper than modern homes. That’s often because they need a lot of work doing to them in order to modernize them and bring them up to a better quality.
As these kinds of houses often turn into a DIY and renovation project, period properties can often turn into a bit of a handful for their new owners. These renovation projects can go as smoothly as possible as long as you try to prevent any of the major risks and problems from occurring. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the main risks that you will need to be aware of when you buy a period property to renovate.
Not Getting A Survey Done
When you are in the buying process, you will need to get a property survey carried out on the home that you want to buy. This survey will be carried out by a building expert or engineer. They will inspect the home inside and out, as well as any shed and outbuildings that will come with it in the sale. After the inspection, they will create a report for you that will detail any potential issues that you need to be aware of. These will relate to the building’s structure, systems such as electrics, as well as any other issues to the building work. Make sure you read through this report carefully and don’t ignore any of the issues that it flags. If it looks like there are a few problems that might be too expensive for you to sort out, you might be better off pulling out of the sale altogether and looking for a period property that is in a better condition.
Getting Rid Of Pests
If the property has been empty for a long time before you buy it, there’s a good chance that some pests and rodents might have moved in to take advantage of the peace and quiet. You obviously won’t want these living alongside you, so you will need to take some measures to persuade them to move out. There are lots of natural techniques you can use that won’t pose any danger to the pests or rodents. They will simply make them leave the property and find a new home elsewhere. If your efforts to get rid of the animals or insects doesn’t work, you should call for a pest control expert to help you with the problem. They’ll be able to rid you of any pests for a very reasonable fee
Dealing With Damp
Lots of old properties have issues with rising damp. This is usually because damp-proofing methods weren’t used when period properties were built all those years ago. So, unfortunately, this is an issue that you will have to deal with now. Thankfully, it isn’t always that difficult to get on top of the damp. You can get a damp-proofing expert to come and remove any trace of damp from the house. This can be quite expensive, depending on how much damp there is, but it will be very worth it. You can then prevent any more damp from developing and spreading by keeping the house well ventilated and trying to extract as much steam as possible when cooking or using the shower.
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Underestimating The Costs
Renovating a period property can sometimes work out as quite expensive. To make sure that you never underestimate the costs that you might entail, it’s really important that you get estimations and quotes off the contractors that you will use throughout the project. This way, you can budget for everything and figure out how much you might spend on all the work. Using a budget will also stop you from overspending too much as well.
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Using Cowboy Builders
If you are using contractors, make sure you don’t just opt for the first ones you come across. It’s worth taking a look at a few firms’ portfolios and seeing if you can find any online reviews regarding their work. If possible, try to get some word-of-mouth reviews from friends or families. Then you can be happy knowing you haven’t hired any cowboy builders.
Renovating a period property doesn’t have to be a headache – just follow these tips!