In an attempt to simply and usefully summarize this I have split properties out into historic time periods which are linked to building epochs in terms of change in construction styles/methods. Below details the property maintenance needs and potential defects that might be present when you first investigate a property purchase. A full survey should be made prior to purchase for correction ahead or alternatively to plan accountancy for the pending costs of the repairs.
Georgian / Regency Period – 1714-1837 & Victorian / Edwardian Period – 1837-1914
Over this 200 year period a variety of different building styles and floor layouts were introduced. In spite of that the actual construction methods used did not vary much, therefore the kind of defects and maintenance needs are common.