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PUBLISHED: 11:46 27 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:46 27 October 2015

Laws and regulations limit what you can change about a listed property, some of which date back hundreds of years

Laws and regulations limit what you can change about a listed property, some of which date back hundreds of years

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Thinking about buying a listed property? Chris Davey of Luscombe Maye Estate Agency, gives his top tips on getting the best out of these special homes

From the humble thatched cottage, to grand period homes, and even a bus station, listed properties are of great significance and beauty. With over 376,099 listed building entries in England, they are the jewels in the property crown, and are a marked sign of the country’s heritage and history.

Laws and regulations limit what you can change about a listed property, some of which date back hundreds of years. So what are the key things you need to consider when looking to purchase a listed property?

1) Know your Grade I from your Grade II: Knowing the difference is essential, as both come with a different set of rules. 2) Undertake a background check: Before purchasing a listed property, it is vital to ensure that any alterations made by previous owners had full consent. 3) Know what you are buying: Yes, it looks beautiful, but everything from the architectural period, to its previous owners will play a factor in what maintenance is required, as well as what changes are likely to be permitted. 4) Meet your local Conservation Officer: They will likely become your new best friend and most important points of contact. Employees of the local council, their role is to ensure that the character of the building remains intact, whilst also being the person who will approve (or deny) permission to make changes. 5) Insurance is essential: Don’t make the mistake of insuring your home to market value, you also will need to obtain insurance for any potential rebuild costs. 6) Be realistic: Whilst some changes will enhance the property, it’s vital to preserve its heritage of the property. 7) Build your contact list: experts with specialist knowledge of the relevant architectural period will advise on what changes are likely to be admissible. 8) Understand that listed includes both inside and out.

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