SURVEYORS STOKE ON TRENT CREWE STONE

0330 133 1111

steve@buildingsurvey.co.uk

Steve Butler Chartered Surveyors
Marcus House, Park Hall Business Village, Park Hall Road, Stoke on Trent, ST3 5XA  
 

Open 8.30am to 6.30pm

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Stoke on Trent surveyors homebuyers report on a 1935 semi detached house

Our Stoke surveyors found frost damaged bricks blocked vents and poor insulation that was likely encourage condensation, substandard electrics, a dangerous glass door, potenially dmp quarry tile floors, old ceilings that were at risk of collapse, missing firebreak walls and missing roof linings.

 

 

RICS Homebuyers surveyors report on a 1902 end terrace house at Stoke on Trent

 

Our RICS Stoke on Trent surveyors found severe structural movement and had to advise the potential purchaser about the implications in respect of obtaining house insurance. The roof structure also appeared to be substandard although there was some evidence of improvement and there was a risk that foul waste as draining to a soakaway or storm drain.

 

Homebuyers Survey of a 1910 Stoke on Trent Semi detached house by our independent property surveyors

Our Stoke on Trent Surveyors found structural movement above a soldier arch, a long standing leak, frost eroded bricks and pointing and an insecure ceiling whilst preparing an RICS Homebuyer Report and Survey

 

Stoke on Trent Chartered Surveyors RICS Homebuyers Survey and Report on a 1930 semi detached house

 

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.

Homebuyers survey of a 1960's property at StokeonTrent

Stoke on Trent property surveyors homebuyers survey of 1960's detached property last refurbished in the 1980's. We found an old and inefficient boiler with single pipe central heating system, unsupported chimney breast, missing window lintels, old electrical fittings substandard fuse box without RCD protection and substandard earthing and an invasion of ants.

RICS Chartered Surveyors Homebuyers Report on a 1960 dormer bungalow

Our surveyors found included frost damaged bricks, ponding on a garage roof, unsightly spay foam repairs, uninsulated roof voids and a dangerous loft hatch.

 

 

 

RICS HOMEBUYERS SURVEYORS FEES FOR Stoke on Trent

 

(Fully inclusive of VAT)

     Pre 1919  1919 -1945  1946 - 2011      

 

1 and 2 Bedroom Flats               

300.00     275.00     250.00

1 and 2 Bedroom Houses          

375.00     325.00    300.00

3 Bedroom Houses                    

400.00     375.00     350.00

4 Bedroom Houses                    

450.00     425.00     375.00

5 Bedroom Houses                    

500.00     450.00     400.00

RICS Chartered Surveyors for Building Survey Reports  in Stoke on Trent

Steve Butler Building Surveyors Stoke on Trent are independent RICS Chartered Surveyors. Our independence enables a flexible rather than prescriptive response to clients requirements. You can always speak to me directly, or come along to site. And unlike the corporates I don't have to rush off to the next job, so the survey and report get the time they deserve. For peace of mind my p.i insurance is under written by the renowned Lloyds Insurance company.

 

 

A cautionary tale about cheap surveys

We recently had to clear up on behalf of a client who had opted for a survey from one of our cheaper surveyor allies. 

The surveyor had not bothered to move the remains of a bed in an otherwise empty house to get in to the attic. It took us about 30 seconds. 

The roof had a number of snapped rafters as an original slate surface had been replaced with heavier concrete tiles. Expensive! 

The surveyors had not opened the drain cover as it was supposed to be corroded in.  Again it took us about 30 seconds. 

The drain was of course blocked due to a problem with the channel. 

The surveyor offered some advice about dampness. The suggestion was completely unnecessary and put everybody in the house at risk of burning to death as the suggestions severely compromised the fire protection of the property. In this case particular important, as it was three stories plus cellar and likely to be in multiple occupation. 

We were able to advise the client against that course of action saving potential prosecution/ closure by the Environmental Health Officer. 

By doing only half a job and not stopping to think about the content of the report they were naturally able to be much quicker and cheaper. But not so cheap in the long run! 

 

STEVE BUTLER CHARTERED SURVEYORS are entirely independent.

We have no obligatios to estate agents or lenders and we never pay commission for introductions to clients. Most importantly we only act with the clients interest in mind.

 The main advantages of dealing with our Chartered Surveyors are : 

PERSONAL ATTENTION: 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.

PROFESSIONALISM:  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.        

ACCESS: 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.

RAPID RESPONSE: Our surveyors can invariably visit you same day or next day, at the office or home.

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Kate Mac
 
Steve did a full structural survey for us on an old cottage we are buying. I called steve Monday morning, he'd done the survey by the afternoon and sent me the report by Tuesday afternoon! Report was very clear, useful and it has given us confidence in the move. Highly recommended.
 
Nick Barrett
 
I have recently had a survey completed by Steve and I could not be happier. He was very professional and efficient throughout. From first contact to completed paperwork he was easy to contact and the information provided was very detailed and useful.

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