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Listed dwellings ireland

  • 10-11-2021 8:32am
    Posts: 18,752 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]

    Just wondering, this is a listed dwelling. Does that mean no alterations whatsoever? Presume it's cheap because it may not be possible to do anything with it?

    Anyone know anything about this type of property? I think it's great, but obviously needs work, can work be done?!

    Why would it be listed, would it be just the thatch or could there be some other reason?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,843 ✭✭✭ fvp4

    It is cheap. The thatch is a potential fire problem. Maybe that explains it

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,898 ✭✭✭✭ Dav010

    Work can be done. But you need to do your research and the Council will want to check in on what you are doing. There are very obvious issues with this property and even though it is compact, it could be very expensive indeed,

    Having renovated a derelict listed property, I can assure you that it requires a level of planning, patience and finance that will test your endurance. Hence there is a reason why this is priced relatively low for today’s market.

  • Registered Users Posts: 629 ✭✭✭ houseyhouse

    Could be harder to get a mortgage on as well

  • Posts: 18,752 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]

    Hardly need a mortgage at that price! But yeah, I was thinking that costs to restore/renovate would be huge.

    Are there surveyors that would specialise in this sort of house?

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,706 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011

    They're more difficult to insure, and that's before you add in the thatch there. That further complicates mortgages

    I'd advise talking to a conservation architect about what changes you want to do. They should be able to recommend a suitable surveyor

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,265 ✭✭✭ MacDanger

    I'd say it would be hard/expensive to get insurance on a thatched house?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,795 ✭✭✭ KaneToad

    It is difficult. A friend of mine had a thatched cottage many years ago. From my recollection his choice of insurance providers was very limited.

    Ironically the cottage is no more, it burnt down years ago!

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,843 ✭✭✭ fvp4

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,706 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011

    The reinstatement cost that you need to insure is often eyewatering and makes what is already dear insurance dearer. Expensive materials installed by even more expensive conservation specialist trades

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,795 ✭✭✭ KaneToad

    The only part that survived was the thatch...

    Only kidding, it went up like a box of matches apparently.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,550 ✭✭✭ whippet

    My father in law has a listed building ... it needed a lot of work done to it when he got it 20 years ago. In hindsight he would never have bought it ... just about everything needs to be run past the OPW and there is little or no leeway in how you approach work.

    What made it worse was the previous owner didn't pay any attention to the requirements and had put in PVC windows, knocked an external wall to make a conservatory which the OPW were insisting that my father in law reinstate. He eventually won that argument but even things like upgrading the heating is painful as you can't drill / modify some internal walls etc.

    Yes it looks lovely from the outside but is a money pit from the inside.