Guide to Buying a Thatched Cottage

House buying is complicated enough but if your new home has a thatched roof, what extra steps do you need to take to ensure your dream home doesn't become a nightmare?

Step 1.

Do your homework online, read as much as you can about:

  • Woodburners
  • Chimney heights
  • Chimney flues/linings
  • Fire barriers
  • Electrical checks / spark arrestor fitted?
  • Insurance costs
  • Thatch inspections - when was the last inspection or repair?
  • Re-thatch - when was the property last re-thatched?
  • Any recent problems with birds or vermin?
  • Overhanging trees
  • Buildings listed by English Heritage and conservation area restrictions
  • Re-thatching guidelines - types of thatch
  • Are any local authority permissions required when re-thatching?
  • Thatch grants - does your local council run a scheme to help protect and repair listed properties?

Step 2.

Always seek good professional advice before committing to buy a thatched cottage. By talking to a thatched property insurance specialist at an early stage can help to identify thatch specific issues and how to address them.

  • An early appraisal from a thatched insurance specialist can address problems at the 'estate agent' stage rather than at the 'building surveyor' stage. For example, does the property contain a wood burner, is the chimney lined and insulated and what is the chimney height?
  • Another example - the majority of thatched houses are Grade 2 listed, and to extend the height of the chimney, involves getting planning permission, which can be a very difficult and lengthy process, with no guarantee to achieve the desired outcome.
  • Questions like these can make life difficult for estate agents, but it is far better to address these issues before structural surveyors get involved further down the line.

With over 40 years thatched property experience, Thatch Shield is uniquely placed to ensure that your cover is both sufficient and all-embracing. Our unique Thatched Home Appraisal Service or a simple telephone call can often establish if we can offer better value and service than your current renewal package.

We offer old fashioned personalised service - there are no laborious forms to fill in to get a quotation and we promise that if we can't beat your renewal package, we won't waste your time, we'll simply tell you so!

Thatch Shield Ltd

"Having heard back from my existing insurers, who are not prepared to budge even a pound, I would hope we can transfer our policy to you. Thank you for your speedy and efficient assistance. " JH, Hampshire

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Thatch Shield Ltd

If you use a wood burning stove, Thatch Shield will get you the best possible terms.

Thatch Shield Ltd

Our House Insurance Appraisal is unique and backed by over 40 years experience of arranging insurance for thatched houses.

Thatch Shield Ltd

If we think you currently have a good deal with your existing insurer, we will tell you - we will not waste your time with unnecessary form filling!

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We will treat your enquiry with respect and will do our best for you!

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