It is impractical to begin interior works until the banging and crashing outside the property has stopped. Removing windows, roofs and other structural works should be completed first.
1 The roof should be one of the first priorities. If a new roof is required you will hopefully be able to salvage some tiles from the existing roof for re-use, after fresh battens and felting has been installed.
2 With the scaffolding erected now is also the time to check on the chimney, take care of poor pointing and fix or replace the soffits, fascias and guttering.
3 If the property needs external decoration it is much easier and safer to deal with while the scaffolding is up rather than on ladders at a later stage.
4 If the building has been subject to signs of infestation, treatment should be undertaken.
5 The pointing is a good indicator towards damp issues the property may have. Cement pointing or render is not as permeable as lime, and is often a feature of post-war houses. If damp was discovered prior to the lender releasing funds for your purchase, now will be the time to take care of the damp proofing.
6 If required, the windows should now be installed, taking care to ensure they are protected from other works yet to begin. Trickle ventilation is often a good way of helping to deal with condensation issues.