Whether you have lived somewhere for a long time, or only recently moved in, you may have found yourself asking ‘when was my house built?’ Luckily, there are several ways to uncover the history of your home, including how old it is. Although it is fun to find out more about your property, there are also some important legal reasons to search for an accurate answer.
How Do I Find Out When My House Was Built?
There are several simple ways to find out more about the age of your house. Here we will look at each option in turn.
HM Land Registry
Today, the building of houses is highly regulated by statutory building regulations and town planning. All houses that are built are registered with HM Land Registry. This is therefore a great place to start when trying to find out how old your property is.
You should be able to check the age of your home by requesting a copy of the Title Register (or property deed) which will indicate the date that ownership transferred from the developer to the first owner. Before paying a fee for this service, check if you were given a copy of the document by your conveyancer when purchasing the property.
If HM Land Registry doesn’t have a copy of the deeds, your local library may have archives that will reveal when building work began on your road.
In some cases, older deeds may not state the registration date of your property. In this case, it is possible to estimate the age of the property by considering its features or the materials used to build it. Look at indicators including the window shape, door style and type of roof.
Your neighbours may already have done the investigative work on your behalf. Speak to others on your road or in your local area to find out when their houses were built. If your house is of a similar style, they could have been built in the same period.
Although it is fun to find out more about your house, there are also important reasons to find out when it was built. Insurance companies will ask which year a property was built prior to offering you a policy. If you should ever wish to extend or renovate, your planning application may only be successful if the property has been accurately dated.
Once you have started delving into the history of your home, you may become curious to learn more. Finding out about the land, your neighbourhood and local towns can add even more character to the home that you love.