How do you find out when your house was built?

If you’re selling your home, you may need to find out when exactly the property was built. Finding out is usually very easy. But, sometimes, limited data is available about when a property was developed – so you may need to do some digging.

Thankfully, there are multiple ways to find out when a property was built to help you when you’re selling your home.

If you need to know when your house was built, here’s an overview of some of the different ways you can find out the exact year.

1.  Contact HM Land Registry
One of the most reliable ways to find out when a house was built is to contact HM Land Registry. They keep records of land ownership and can usually provide information about who bought the land and when – which can tell you the approximate age of your home.

2.  Contact the Local Authority
Sometimes, local authorities hold archives around when planning permission was requested on the land to build your home, which can help you find out when your home was built.

3.  Check Previous Mortgage Surveys
If the property has a mortgage and a survey was undertaken, this will usually contain information about what year the property was built.

4.  Ask the Previous Owner
Another great way of finding out when your house was built is to ask the previous owner. This is especially helpful if you can’t find any records online about your property and its history.

5.  Speak to Neighbours
It’s not uncommon to have neighbours who have lived in a house all their lives, so they may know exactly when your house was built. If there are homes similar to yours nearby, speak to your neighbours to see if you can find out a date.

6.  Ask us!
As your local estate agent, we have a wealth of information about properties in East Midlands. If you’re selling your home and need to know when it was built, ask us for advice and we will do our best to help – we have access to several property databases and can even use Rightmove, Zoopla and Net House Prices to get this information for you.

Need Property Advice in East Midlands?
If you need help finding out when your house (or a house you’re interested in buying) was built in Northampton, Nottingham, Leicester or Lincolnshire please contact your local property expert from our team.

Get in touch today for a chat or to book a valuation by calling us on 01604 321321 or sending us an email at