Good maintenance is about spotting problems before they become too serious and taking early action to rectify them.
You should try to carry out a maintenance inspection at least once a year.
Key things to look out for include;
- Buddleia and other plants growing out of gutters and downpipes
- Blocked gutters or downpipes resulting in rainwater overflowing
- Cracked or missing gutters or downpipes
- Damaged brickwork
- Slipped slates or tiles
- Cracked or open windows
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Inspecting your property regularly will give you a better understanding of the changes that are taking place in the building. You will be able to identify work that needs to be done early, before a problem arises, ensuring that costly repairs are avoided. This blog aims to give owners and occupiers some tips and information regarding preventative maintenance to help ensure the building retains its special character and historic significance.
Further information and advice
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) provides courses, advice and research on caring for historic buildings.The Institute of Historic Building Conservation
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation have online guidance called Caring for Your Home which offers advice on carrying out inspections of historic propertiesHistoric Building Maintenance Guide
Responsible for a Historical Building? This guide will help you.