When it’s time to move house, you don’t want to wait around. However, if your home is a “non-standard construction” this could mean a lengthy wait to find the right buyer. Find out what the process is for selling a house with non-standard construction and what you can do to speed up this process.
What Is a Non-standard Construction?
A “non-standard construction” is a building that doesn’t have brick or stone walls and/or has a roof that is made of materials other than tile or slate. You’re probably already aware if you live in this type of home, but if you’re uncertain, contact an expert for advice.
A dwelling may be deemed non-standard if either — or both — its roof or frame and walls fall outside the remit of standard construction.
One of the most common non-standard frames is concrete. In the post-war era, many homes, especially council houses, were made with concrete walls. Despite a recent resurgence in the use of concrete in designer homes — and growing popularity amongst architectural critics — these buildings are deemed non-standard for the purposes of securing home insurance. Many other materials count as non-standard including glass, flint, cob, metal, wattle and daub, woodwork and corrugated iron. Only brick, stone, slate and tile are “standard” materials.
Even if your home has standard walls and frames, it may be defined as a non-standard construction if its roof is made out of materials other than tile or slate. Traditional thatch roofs are non-standard, as are concrete, stramit, plastic, fibreglass, felt and timber, shingle, corrugated iron and asbestos roofs.
Are Non-standard Construction Homes Harder to Sell?
Non-standard construction homes typically take longer to sell as buyers often struggle to secure a mortgage and home insurance on the property. Determining the condition of non-standard materials like concrete can be difficult for lenders because they are unable to assess the risk of offering a mortgage on the property.
Investing in a property where the condition of its structure is difficult to ascertain is not an attractive prospect for buyers either. Furthermore, the property is likely to be hard to sell if they choose to move.
Of course, some buyers will be excited by the prospect of purchasing a unique property and renovating their “dream home”. But it’s likely going to take longer to find that perfect buyer compared to the average time it takes to find a buyer for a standard construction house.
How Can I Sell My Home More Quickly?
If you’re keen to sell and there is only one element of the property that puts it into the non-standard category, you could replace this with standard materials. The property would then be classed as a standard construction which would make it easier to sell.
If this isn’t possible or you lack the time and resources to do the work, selling to a house buying service is the best way to secure a guaranteed sale without waiting for months or years for the right buyer to come along.
House Buyer Bureau is a genuine cash buyer with the funds to buy and offer completion on your house in as little as seven days. We buy any type of property in any condition or location in the UK.