Just had an offer accepted on the flat below us, plan is to convert back to one house. Has anyone else done this? I am a bit worried about the hassle/ expense of reuniting the plumbing and wiring, any advice?
I am alternately excited then nervous, gulp, have condemned myself to years of DIY.
We did this, lived in the top flat whilst sorted out downstairs, extended kitchen, converted old bathroom to utility etc. Phase two was spring out upstairs, removing old kitchen and sorting out services, I don't recall it costing loads, and at least during phase one we could live away from upheaval in relative calm
We're in the process of doing this. An interesting fact for you is that as you are changing the number of dwellings the work is liable for a reduced rate of VAT (5% rather than 20%). This relies on you using a builder/contractor as you can't claim the VAT back only not be charged it in the first place. See the hmrc site and VAT notice 708 para 7.3. (Just laughing at how dull I seem. I know properly interesting things too - honest)
You need permission to do this I believe. Our local council objected to one we had our eye on, on the basis that it would reduce the housing stock. (I think the buyers did get permission in the end though)
I have spoken to the council and they have said they are very unlikely to object but we are taking a slight chance going ahead with the purchase before putting in a planning application, we had to get in there quick and do a private sale before it went on the market due to the Scottish closed bid system. The fact it is a listed building and having one owner will facilitate keeping it better maintained should help.
We are in a listed building unfortunately (didn't relaise when we bought it!) so we need planning for everything, windows, sheds, fences ....etc. and major changes to the interior, luckily for us a previous owner removed all the period features downstairs so there is nothing to protect down there. We have lived upstairs for 15 years and its quite nice so we will just stay put until downstairs is sorted.