Considerations if you are buying a thatched property

Many people are charmed by thatched houses, wanting to buy them for their cosy character and their chocolate box charm. When you’ve been won over by a thatched property, here are a few things to consider.

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Thinking thatched

According to the Thatch Advice Centre, many people worry about buying a thatched property but they should not let it put them off purchasing, because thatched properties hold their value well and the thatch material has good insulation properties.

Some useful things to investigate when you’re buying a thatched house are include finding out when the roof was last checked, repaired or replaced by a thatcher. What material was used? Who was the thatcher? Master thatchers will work to a high standard and know what thickness should be laid, the best types of fixing and how to use different materials for different purposes, which is all reassuring because there are currently no legal specifications on thatching.

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Purchasing a thatched property isn’t necessarily going to be more costly than purchasing a property with a standard roof, with all roofs requiring regular maintenance. It is likely that with thatched roofs, the ridge section may need to be replaced after about 10 years, but the main roof can last from 20 to 35 years.

Conveyancing fees are also pretty equivalent, as Sam Conveyancing explains but there may be some impact if the property is also a listed property. And the listing may affect what you can and can’t do to the thatched roof in terms of extending or replacing.

The rest of the property

It pays to ensure other parts of your property are well maintained so that they do not cause any issues with the thatch. Check when the chimney was last swept and checked, and how well the lining is maintained. Ask if there are any fire precautions such as retardant spray on the thatch and if there are alarms installed. Find out when the electrics were last inspected and what insurance provider currently covers the property. It may be that some insurance providers do not cover thatched properties.

There are many ways a thatched roof can benefit a property, particularly in terms of insulation and it is also an appealing choice for buyers who want to live in a home made from sustainable materials.