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Derby Homebuyers Survey Fees
Steve Butler MRICS Chartered Surveyor has over thirty years experience of surveying and valuing property in the Derby and Derbyshire area.
Our Derby RICS Chartered Surveyors provide house surveys for most types of properties. A survey from our Derby Chartered Surveyors can help you decide whether to buy a new property or assess any problems in an older property. Also serving South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, we are here to help.
Please call or e-mail for help in choosing whether to have a RICS Homebuyers Survey and Report or a Structural/ Building Survey when purchasing a property. An e-mail with the property's full address and post code really helps with advising clients as to what survey to have and to enable an exact quotation to be given. We find that the considerably cheaper Homebuyers Survey satisfies more than ninety percent of our clients.
The elevations on this typical 1930's house have been rendered to save money by avoiding the need to purchase and carefully lay expensive facing bricks. The render had been given sharp edges at the openings using metal beads. Unfortunately these were corroding leaving unsightly stains. The only remedy is to chop them out and re render which requires skill to blend the new into the old. The house then has to be repainted unless matching paint is available. The roof surface had formed a dish shape due to a slightly substandard structure in which a major component was undersized and had sagged slightly. An outbuilding had a fractured concrete roof. Apart from letting water into the outbuildings this is potentially problematic as the reinforcing may start to corrode forcing concrete of the roof until it is eventually destroyed. The property had the original quarry tile floor in the kitchen. This was uneven due to the sand or ash on which it had been laid compacting unevenly. The tiles and particularly the joints are likely to be damp as there is no damp proof membrane under. Such floors need to be kept uncovered and well ventilated. Roots had also invaded a drain and were catching water material. Fortunately this was at an early stage and the chamber had not filled.
This Derby property has been constructed with a shared side path and side doors to reduce plot width saving land costs. The property walls are solid and will be cold.
The property also has an angled ceiling in the annex again to reduce the expense of constructing full room height walls. The angle is unlikely to be insulated and will be cold and prone to condensation. It may be possible to push rigid insulation down from the roof void. Stuffing soft insulation into the angles should be avoided as it prevents ventilation encouraging condensation.
Our Derby RICS property surveyors were unconcerned by a solider arch that had dropped as it was probably due to historic foundation movement and as the bricks drop they jamb tightly together thus repairing the arch.
Our property surveyors were much more concerned by a leaking downpipe as the water can easily soak through the solid walls. Large escapes of water can trigger dry rot decay.
Our property surveyors were also alerted by a missing chimney breast. Most pre WWII reception rooms have a chimney breast. The lack of one in this room may be indicated to our property surveyos that the first floor attic chimney breast is no longer supported.
RICS Surveyors for Boundary and Right of Way dispute survey reports
We are also able to help clients in Derby with Boundary and Right of Way Disputes. Steve Butlers legal training gives him a considerable advantage over other chartered surveyors when it comes to preparing reports for use in the court and critically in negotiating agreed facts.
Chartered Surveyors Expert Witness Reports on defective workmanship for disputes with builders
Steve Butler has prepared many reports in respect of complaints and court actions against builders and other traders. Again his legal knowledge helps clients consider if claims are worth perusing and the best method. Previous defects investigated include numerous roof replacements, conservatories and replacement doors and windows.
Valuations can be prepared for a wide range of matters including Help to Buy, Housing Association Properties, Insolvency, Probate, Capital Gains and Inheritance Tax. Steve Butler is accredited by the RICS for valuations. Steve Butler has undertaken numerous valuations for the Help to Buy Scheme which ensures that the valuation meets Target HA's requirementrs first time.
Regulated by RICS
RELIABILITY: Our surveyors are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who ensure the practice complies with exacting standards. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors require that our surveyors keep up to date with property matters, maintain audited clients accounts, professional indemnity insurance and a formal complaints procedure.
AVAILABILITY: Property matters can be very worrying. You can invariably telephone one of our Chartered Surveyors between 8 .00 am and 6.00 pm seven days per week. If you have a problem or don't understand something please feel free to call.
PERSONAL SERVICE: We only have a limited number of clients to ensure that the level of service is maintained. Telephone calls from clients or potential clients are always welcome. We love to meet clients at a property to discuss matters whilst they are at hand.
RAPID RESPONSE: Our surveyors can invariably meet clients in Derby the same day or next day, at the office or home.