Our first home was a terraced Victorian property in South East London. I have many fond memories of the time we spent restoring our first home but was definitely a lot of work and we could see that more work would be required in the future.
If you’re looking to move into a period property here are the top things you should be thinking about doing…
Get a building survey
This was so important for us. Without it, we wouldn’t have known about repairs that were needed to essential parts of the house like the roof, guttering, and brickwork. A Building Survey gives you everything that you need to know. This survey is more expensive than the basic Homebuyers Survey, but with a period house, you don’t want a surprise costing thousands that you haven’t budgeted for.
Try to restore all original features
We were really keen to restore the original features in our Victorian home. We replaced the original sash windows with like for like replacements and tried to restore some of the decorative features and it really gave our home so much more character.
Check the essentials
Check the essentials when you renovate such as the electrics and the pipes. We forever had problems with the plumbing in our kitchen and wished we had spent some money investigating the problems before putting in a kitchen and tiling the floor. Drainage Services UK offers services from complex repairs requiring expert excavation to drain cleaning services.
Don’t try and achieve modern perfection
As much as I love modern clean lines we were never going to be able to achieve that in our wonky Victorian house.
We made the best with what we had and tried to mix the traditional features with modern clean lines but we always had slightly wonky lines and strange sized features.
Have you ever restored a traditional or Victorian home, what did you have to do?