We're off to view a large Victorian-era detached house next week. Upsides - tons of space, big garden, lovely big living area, near town centre amenities etc, 2 x open fireplaces. In broad terms, it doesn't require extension and will provide us family space until the kids are grown up and have flown the nest. What concerns me is the (presumably) higher maintenance and utility costs. I'm expecting the EPC to be horrendous (not yet seen, only just gone on the market), annual heating costs to be extortionate (especially with two chimneys!). Have not yet confirmed the state of electrics, plumbing, roof, chimneys, boiler etc but it looks well-maintained from the few shots I've seen. However, I'm anticipating that there will be a far higher level of niggling maintenance required over the years. I've read various guides and have just ordered the Haynes manual (noduff) from Amazon. Has anyone got personal experience of owning / renting a Victorian property? Any particular bad experiences? Any guesstimate for annual heating costs for a 4 bedroom, 3 reception room detached Victorian? (no idea about existing insulation etc yet). Any other pitfalls associated with Victorian properties of which I should be aware? e.g. insurance costs etc?