Transforming a listed property into a home

When Sam bought a Grade II Listed church cottage in Surrey, it was everything he had always been told not to buy – it had damp, it had been underpinned, the windows leaked, and it was in desperate need of lots of love. Oh, and don’t forget the 1960’s concrete garage previously used to house ferrets, that took up the whole (very overgrown) back garden.

Despite the issues, it held the prospect of being a picture-perfect home.

Moore Barlow’s residential property lawyers worked their way meticulously through a number of historic works that had been carried out, and advised Sam on all the relevant do’s and don’ts when it comes to listed buildings. Further to this, our lawyers helped Sam with various guarantees and supporting documentation to get the house properly insured, which is essential for listed buildings – Sam was fully supported throughout the whole process.

The whole team at Moore Barlow appreciated that Sam was regularly travelling abroad for work, and ensured he was kept informed of any updates via email, together with holding weekly calls to ensure that pressure was kept on the other side.

After various emails with the local Conservation Officer, and lots(!) of TLC later, Sam has a beautiful home that is full of character – it has wavy walls; the obligatory low ceilings and beams, and even lower doorframes. The buying process was no walk in the park, but made far more palatable with sensible, concise, and realistic advice.

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