Derelict property is an often overlooked and extremely viable option when looking to purchase land, plots or an area for building development. There are many advantages to purchasing a derelict or renovation property although it is worth remembering that the rules for building development and planning permission will vary depending on which part of the UK you are in.
For example, planning permission for the erection of a new property is often easier if there was already a derelict property or abandoned property on the site. Essentially this means that a building did exist therefore your new building is not the first house to be there, as opposed to buying the corner of a field and attempting to gain planning permission for a building where no building ever was. Derelict property also comes in all shapes and sizes, such as derelict houses ripe for renovation, barns, industrial buildings, etc. This means the derelict property itself may be suitable for conversion into a dwelling house or perhaps even apartments if the property is large enough.
Derelict Property For Sale
Derelict properties for sale are often listed in different ways depending on which estate agent or website you are looking at. For example, some may be listed under plots for sale, some under houses for sale (yes - even when they are derelict) and others simply as development opportunities. Be sure to have a thorough look though your estate agents website. This section will soon contain listings of UK derelict property for sale so please bookmark us and come back soon to view all our derelict properties.
Buying derelict or renovation property for sale in the UK is often straightforward but do check the local planning laws and permissions required depending on your circumstances. This is particularly true if you plan to convert a derelict property such as a barn or church into a dwelling house or property for sale. It is well worth looking into every possibility before making your property purchase. A common mistake with serelict property is underestimating the actual costs of developing the property into a suitable house. Many would-be property owners have simply run out of money and been left with a half-finished converted property.
Derelict Property Pitfalls
Apart from actual planning permissions required for derelict property there are other matters to consider. Common problems include access rights. Is your derelict property on a farm? Do you have permission to use the road that runs through the farm? Other problems include excessive costs for the connection or routing of electricity to the property, sewage disposal and water supply to the property. Remember many derelict properties for sale in the UK were built before the days of piped water and electricity so do your homework before you buy your property!
Just because a property requires renovation or appears to be derelict it doesn't mean the property or house is for sale or that someone doesn't own the property. If you see a house, barn, windmill or any other building that requires renovation be sure to check with either neighbours or the local authorities to find out who owns the property. It doesn't take long to find out and it is not advisable to view or explore a derelict or renovation property until you have permission from the owner. There are right ways and wrong ways of finding your ideal derelict property for sale.
Derelict Propery Buying
Buying a derelict property for sale may seem like a dream to most people but it can so easily turn into a nightmare. Frankly speaking, renovating a house can be a real headache, especially if starting from a derelict property that may have to be pulled down before you can begin renovating. If you are not certain you have the patience, drive and determination to renovate a property then don't do it. On the other hand I don't want to put anyone off their dreams! Finding the right derelict property for sale is very exciting and renovating a house from scratch can be extremely rewarding. It may go exactly according to plan but as long as you are prepared for a few home improvement surprises then you won't be disappointed. Renovating a derelict property is a major commitment but you could end up with your beautiful dreamhome.