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How Can I Find Out When My House Was Built?

Want to find out how old your house is or when it was built? There are many ways to find the age of your property.

One easy way is to look at the architecture of the house. Look for indicators such as:

  • Style of the doors
  • Architraves around the doors
  • Windows and roof
  • Type of construction

Other Ways To Find Out How Old Your House Is

  • Check with the solicitor you used when buying the property, they may have kept a copy
  • If you have a mortgage, your survey may say how old the building is
  • Your local authority may have further details about when planning permission was granted
  • Ask neighbours in the same sort of properties if they know the age of their house
  • Check the property deeds for further information about when the house was constructed

If you have lost the deeds to your property you should inquire with the land registry to get a new copy of them.

You could also look on old-maps.co.uk which can give you a rough indicator or when your house might have been constructed, it is an archive of old maps and you may be able to see when your house first appears on this.

When Was My House Built?

Property expert Jonathan Rolande from House Buy Fast talks about finding out when your house was built, in the video below.

How To Find Out When Your House Was Built

Jonathan Rolande from House Buy Fast answers the common question, how can I find out when my house was build?

Video Transcription

It's a very interesting subject, a lot of us want to know when our property were build and the history of the property, and of course you are often asked by people like the insurers for the age.

There are lots and lots of clues you can look for, from the style of doors and architraves around the doors, skirting boards, windows, roof, construction, etc, etc.

If you know what you're looking for it's quite easy to date a property, however if you don't know the clues to look for then you can always check the deeds, that would generally show when the property was constructed.

You will see deeds going right back to when the property wasn't there, when it was just perhaps a farmers field, or something like that.

Then it changes hands and you'll see that eventually the house is build.

Remember the majority of building was carried out in Victorian times up to about 1901 and then there were gaps in the two World Wars, 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945, almost no properties build then.

So, your house is unlikely to be built in the period.

If you want specific advice on it, ask a local estate agent or surveyor and they should give you all the clues that you need.

Jonathan Rolande

Authored by Jonathan Rolande

Jonathan started in the property industry in 1987 and has extensive knowledge of the property buying sector. Jonathan is also an avid supporter for more regulation in the industry that protects sellers.

Last updated on 03/01/2014 by Jonathan Rolande.

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