Many of the homes built in this country before the 1930's were usually constructed of brick and/or stone and have the benefit of good sized gardens. They also often have lots of character and charm unlike much of the housing built since. Should you be in a position to contemplate purchasing one of these desirable properties, typically located in our small towns and villages, you need to be aware of their integrity.
Without any building controls being required at the time, the need to check that they are structurally sound is quite important. Therefore it is prudent to have an independent and professional building survey carried out. Inspect for damp, as well as timber rot and dry rot. Check the roof, especially round the chimney, for any sign of leaks. And don't forget to check the foundations as some of these older properties were built straight onto land with little or no foundations. Article kindly provided by