When conducting your own survey of a period house, check the following:
Ask for any information on these, for example access to the rear of a terrace, or if the house is reached via a lane or path.
Are there any guarantees for the following?
Is the house listed? If it is listed, ask for evidence of permissions having been given for any recent work.
Which band is the house in and what was the last annual charge?
Did any work require building control and is there documentation to cover this? Typical projects requiring approval are extensions, the removal of dividing walls and loft conversions.
When were the chimneys last swept?
Check the following for correct operation:
Check the water pressure at the taps, both downstairs and upstairs.
What items are being left by the vendor? If they are separately priced, what is the price of each? For example: