Things you need to be aware of when buying an old house


You’re finally at the point of buying your own house – congratulations! Whether you are looking at new developments or period homes, purchasing a property is an exciting time. If you are drawn to older homes, there are a few things that you need to be aware of.

Although period properties are stunning, they often come with a few maintenance problems. Restoring an older home can be time-consuming and very costly. However, if you adore your period property, a few replacements might be worth it in the long run. Here are a few things to consider when renovating an older property. 

Old drainage

Check to see if your property has clay drains and consider replacing them. Clay drains are made up of short pipes pushed together, which leak and deteriorate over time. These leaks can eventually lead to cracks in your building and further damage. 

Hire a professional to evaluate the condition of your property and whether you need to replace your drainage system. PVC pipes can save you a lot of money and damage further down the line. 

Period features

The period features are probably the main reason you bought the property. So, of course, it’s essential to retain these charming features as much as you can. Try to restore any cornicing, fireplaces, staircases and terrazzo floors to their original quality. However, don’t be afraid to remove a few features if they’re not to your taste or of high quality. 


Insulation is an integral part of renovating any property. You either need to heat your home from the outside or inside. External insulation uses a layer on the outside of your home and does not impact the internal period features. However, of course, external insulation will hinder the appearance of the property on the outside.

Internal insulation is not as effective and uses plasterboard to make the walls thicker. Opt for an insulation method that adheres to your needs – and ideally, it improves the energy efficiency of your property. Consider installing a new boiler along with your insulation to get the most out of your heating system.

Make sure there are no animals in the house

If you are buying a property that has been empty for a while, it’s always best to make sure there are not rodents lurking around. Check to see if there is any damage to the floor and walls from any potential animals. 

Buying a house can be a stressful experience, particularly when renovating the property. Do your research and make sure to plan any significant renovations in advance. 

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