Building Survey – Grade 2 Listed Property – Chislehurst

Collier Stevens clients required a pre-purchase building survey of this substantial grade 2 listed house.

This delightful, detached house had been extensively and sympathetically restored and extended by the vendor to the highest standards. Historic building components had been remanufactured and conservation architects had designed and overseen extension works that were seamless with the original building.

We used our drone which allowed us to complete detailed assessments of the roofs and chimneys. Some deterioration and maintenance works were identified that were not visible from the ground.  

Our clients purchased the property with confidence.

Listed buildings are considered to have special architectural or historic interest.  ‘Listing’ a building protects the whole of the building (inside and outside)and the curtilage (area of land around the house).  

If you want to demolish, extend or alter your building in any way that would affect the character or setting you must obtain listed building consent (LBC).  Failing to obtain consent for any alterations of a listed building may result in a fine or imprisonment.

Local authorities can serve an enforcement notice for unauthorised work requiring owners to restore the building to its former state.  These notices can also be enforced for works carried out by previous owners, something purchasers must be aware of.  

Listed building consent is crucial and it is essential that, before exchanging contracts, you check that any works carried out by the previous owners have been approved, that consent was granted and that the works were carried out in accordance with that approval.

Whilst a new owner cannot be prosecuted for any previous unauthorised works, they can be forced to rectify them at their own expense.

Collier Stevens provides full building surveys which we believe are especially important for anyone considering buying a listed property. If you require a building survey in Chislehurst or the surrounding area, please contact us.

About the Surveyor
Steve Way - Collier Stevens

Steven-Way

Steven Way BSc MIHEEM MFPWS MRICS is the Practice Principal and is a Chartered Building Surveyor. With over 35 years as a practicing surveyor, Steve has a wealth of experience and expertise in both residential and commercial building surveying, party wall advice and disabled access auditing. He has also built his reputation as an expert witness.