Information for Owners

Volunteer groups are helping to record the condition of Grade II listed buildings across England by taking part in our Help Historic Buildings project. On this page you can find out what this project may mean for you as a listed building owner.

We will update this page with the projects which are taking part. You won't be expected to show volunteers the inside of your building, but if you are happy to take part and see volunteers carrying out assessment work, why not speak to them? You might have information that will help them with their assessment.

This project will give you the chance to learn more about your home's history and buildings near you. You’ll also learn handy maintenance tips and get advice on carrying out regular building checks which can often prevent the need for expensive repair work.

Volunteers looking at the condition of a Grade II listed building in Leeds.
Volunteers looking at the condition of a Grade II listed building in Leeds. © Historic England

What can you do?

You can also get involved when the national project is running by joining a group. You can register for updates and we'll keep you informed of the groups taking part. You might also want to set up a local owner's group where you can share maintenance tips and research on the history of your local area.

If your building is shown to be at risk or vulnerable, you can contact your local authority for advice and expertise to help you tackle the problem.

Caring for your building

When it comes to looking after an older house, it's very important to carry out regular maintenance in order to prevent expensive repairs at a later date.

To look after your home properly you need to carry out regular maintenance checks and fix any problems you find straight away. All buildings deteriorate with age, but good maintenance will slow that process and keep your home a safe and pleasant place to live.

Maintenance is also cost effective. Small problems can soon escalate and even risk permanently damaging your home if they're not tackled when they're first spotted. Ignoring them can prove costly at a later date. A properly maintained home will also keep its value.

You can find out more about maintaining and repairing your home in Looking After Your Home.

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Historic England Condition Survey Team