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    • ecclesto
    • By ecclesto 18th Sep 17, 8:11 PM
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    How to find when a house was built
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    • 18th Sep 17, 8:11 PM
    How to find when a house was built 18th Sep 17 at 8:11 PM
    I am hoping to complete on my house this Friday. I am shopping around for insurance quotes and need the year the house was built. I am a cash buyer and only had the basic searches done. I have the Official copy if register of title and the states 'The Conveyance dated 9 April 1976 referred to in the Charges Register contains the following provision - (this then goes on about the right to light etc) Does this mean the house was built in 1976?
    If not, how can I find when the house was built.
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    • G_M
    • By G_M 18th Sep 17, 8:32 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 8:32 PM
    No.

    It could have been built then.
    Or 10 years earlier.
    Or 100 years earlier.

    * ask the seller?
    * is it part of a housing development? When was the development constructed?
    * Look for planning permission at the council?
    * ask the neighbours when you knock on their doors (you are speaking to neighbours, yes?)
    * ask the postman, publican, cornershop owner.
    * Check for old maps of the area
    * examine the style of the property - Georgian properties look nothing like Edwardian etc
    • Mutton Geoff
    • By Mutton Geoff 18th Sep 17, 8:37 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 8:37 PM
    Pull the ashtray out and there should be a date stamp on the bottom giving a big clue as to when it was manufactured.


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    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 18th Sep 17, 8:53 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 8:53 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 8:53 PM
    You only need a rough idea. Does it look like a 1970s house?

    If you haven't a clue, stick some details up here and we'll tell you.
    Last edited by davidmcn; 18-09-2017 at 8:55 PM.
    • ecclesto
    • By ecclesto 18th Sep 17, 9:02 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 9:02 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 9:02 PM
    Davidmcn, thank you so much. I have guessed at 1980s but the address is 18 Wenlock Drive, Bromsgrove B61 0TH. One insurance company didn't want me to guess at the age and I know that if I have to claim, most companies will look for any loopholes.
    • Linton
    • By Linton 18th Sep 17, 9:24 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 9:24 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 9:24 PM
    The insurance companies can hardly expect you to know the exact year of construction. Just say something like "1970's" or "1970s?". If you genuinely have no idea say "unknown" but it should be pretty obvious whether its Elizabethan, Georgian, Victorian, 1920-1930s, or modern. As long as it doesnt turn out that you are blatently lying for some odd reason there shouldnt be any issues.
    • lewishardwick
    • By lewishardwick 18th Sep 17, 9:32 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 9:32 PM
    A quick look on Google Street view, would suggest 70/80's. So the date in the OP, could be reasonably accurate.

    I would state 70's to the insurance.

    What has the mortgage valuation come back with, if anything? Did you have a home buyers survey done? Mine have the approximate age in the report.
    • ecclesto
    • By ecclesto 18th Sep 17, 9:33 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 9:33 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 9:33 PM
    I did say 1980s but hesitated and said it might be 1970s and they said that wasn't good enough as the year might affect the premium!!!!
    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 18th Sep 17, 9:36 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 9:36 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 9:36 PM
    Get the floorboards carbon dated?
    Seriously, there should be a planning application for the original estate.
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 18th Sep 17, 9:37 PM
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    I have guessed at 1980s
    Originally posted by ecclesto
    Very similar to my parents' house which was built in the late '60s.
    • ecclesto
    • By ecclesto 18th Sep 17, 9:55 PM
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    Crikey not sure what to go with now. As I am a cash buyer I only got local searches done so I can't find anything which mentions dates!
    • jimbog
    • By jimbog 18th Sep 17, 10:09 PM
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    Not there in the early 60s:
    https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/396260/272154/10/101325

    But is in the late 70s:
    https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/396260/272154/13/101329
    Last edited by jimbog; 18-09-2017 at 10:17 PM.
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    • ecclesto
    • By ecclesto 18th Sep 17, 10:15 PM
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    Great thank you so much Jimbog. From the map links it appears they were built between 1975 and 1977. I can now give the insurance people correct dates. You are a star!
    • Kezzy75
    • By Kezzy75 15th Apr 18, 8:30 PM
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    Could you help me?
    Hi could you please help me find out how old my house is, itís definiteky before 1975 post code NE5 2JX thanks
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 15th Apr 18, 9:13 PM
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    Hi could you please help me find out how old my house is, itís definiteky before 1975 post code NE5 2JX thanks
    Originally posted by Kezzy75
    18 Apperley, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE5 2JX - Mouseprice

    https://www.mouseprice.com/property-information/ref-45425874


    5 of these properties were built 48 years ago in 1970. Apperley has an average current value of £95,254, which makes it one of the least expensive places to live in NE5 Newcastle Upon Tyne

    • dunroving
    • By dunroving 16th Apr 18, 9:49 AM
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    Wow, haven't seen that site before. I was trying to sort out a conundrum about when the house I am buying was built, and these maps answered the question. Thanks!
    (Nearly) dunroving
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