When you buy a house that is a listed building there are a few more things to consider than when you buy a non-listed building. Before buying you must consider the fact that repairs to buildings like this often have to adhere to strict guidelines and may cost more and having a detailed survey done before committing to it is essential. Find a surveyor who is experienced with listed buildings such as this building survey Chelmsford based company https://www.samconveyancing.co.uk/Homebuyers-Survey/Home-Buyers-Survey-Chelmsford
Something that many people want to know when taking on a historic, listed building is whether or not they can make bigger changes to the home – here are a few examples.
Replacing the Windows – Because windows on historic buildings are a period feature, this is not a simple matter of going to the local double-glazing company and finding the cheapest one! Windows of listed buildings need to be kept in line with the exact match of the original, and if this is not possible then you need to have an exact copy made.
Building an Extension – You will need to check with historic England as well as the council to get planning permission. Extensions on listed buildings are not allowed to dominate the building that already exists, and when they are built, they are usually on the back so it cannot be seen.
Having a New Door – This is dependant on whether the door is a historic part of the building- also the letterbox and knocker may be classed as historic furniture and need to be kept and put on a new door.