4 Things to Check When Buying a Georgian Home

Full of character and charm, the beautiful architecture of Georgian homes is highly sought after amongst property buyers. Unfortunately, there are some potential issues with period properties that buyers should watch out for.

Read on for a guide on what you need to check for before you invest in a Georgian home.

Structural problems

You might notice certain structural oddities in Georgian properties. Often, there is no reason to be alarmed. Crooked or uneven windows, doors, and floors could have occurred over time and may have already been remedied by previous owners. However, they could also be a sign of more concerning structural issues. Be sure to get a thorough survey to check for structural problems – they could prove costly to fix.

Evidence of damp

As with any home, you should be on the lookout for signs of damp. But it’s particularly important in a Georgian home. These old properties weren’t damp proofed when built, so they will need to have had work done by a previous owner to guard against this common problem. As well as inspecting the walls and window frames, make sure you check behind large appliances, under the carpets and even in cupboards for damp.

Poor quality renovations

Despite all the impressive features of vintage properties, there are often rooms that require significant renovation work. Extensions, kitchens and bathrooms are some of the most frequently renovated areas of Georgian homes. However, there are also some key features that are unnecessarily replaced by inferior alternatives.

Check that the windows are the originals and that they have been restored well enough to function properly. If they have been replaced by an inappropriate style or a poor uPVC replica, this can bring the property’s value down significantly. One of the most important responsibilities of owning a Georgian property is to restore its characteristics faithfully (where possible), not replace them.


As is often the case with period properties, many homes built in the Georgian era are listed. This means they are protected from changes to their structure in a number of ways. This can prove to be problematic should you wish to renovate the property significantly in the future. Estate agents or sellers will inform you if a property is listed upon enquiry.

Georgian property owners

If you’re thinking of buying a Georgian home, or even own one already, you will want to ensure its beauty is protected for future generations to enjoy. Fortis and Hooke are passionate about retaining the heritage of original sash windows. We offer a range of restoration and repair services that will ensure your windows will stand the test of time.

With experience working with sash windows from a wide range of listed and conservation properties, we are confident that we can restore your sash windows to their former glory. Call 0800 313 4688, email info@fortishooke.co.uk or fill in our online form to arrange your free, no-obligation survey and quote.