01543 241053           

Walsall Rd, Cannock, WS11 9QY

Principal: Steve Butler MRICS Chartered Surveyor     

Open 8.30am to 6.00pm

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About Steve Butler RICS Surveyors



Steve Butler is an independent Cannock and Burntwood area surveyor with over thirty years experience of surveying in the Cannock and Burntwood area. Steve Butler has worked near to Cannock and Rugeley all his life and is thus very familiar with the area. Our surveyors undertake surveys and valuations of residential property and houses in Cannock and Burntwood for all kinds of purposes. We are interested in pre-puchase Level 2 Homebuyers, Level 3 Building Surveys, Help to Buy Valuations and valuations for matrimonial, insolvency and taxation purposes. Our surveyors aim to try and provide a rapid respone but with a high level of service based on our expert knowledge of Cannock and Burntwood, impartial advice and to be seen as entirely trustworthy. Property matters can be very worrying. You can invariably e-mail our surveyors between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm six days per week if you have a problem you don't understand ad expect an early reply.

Cannock surveyors homebuyers report on a 1935 semi detached house

Our Cannock 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.



Steve Butler RICS Chartered Surveyors have been undertaking surveys and valuation of residential property in the Cannock and South Staffordshire area for over twenty five years. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is the organisation responsible for the training and regulation of Chartered Surveyors. To market themselves as Chartered Surveyors, surveyors must be either a RICS Member (MRICS/FRICS) or a Firm Regulated by the RICS, so you can be assured that your survey will be carried out by a fully qualified regulated professional.


Our surveyors are entirely independent. They have no obligations to estate agents or lenders and we never pay commission for introductions to clients. Most importantly our surveyors 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.


Cannock 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.



Our house and residential property surveyors undertake Level 3 building and structural surveys and Level 2 Hombuyers Surveys on all types of houses and residential property in Cannock and Burntwood If you are you buying a property in Cannock and Burntwood then a pre-purchase Building or Homebuyers Survey may help avoid future expenses. We specialise in surveying and valuing residential property in Cannock and Burntwood for all kinds of purposes including Help to Buy, housing association shared ownership sales, matrimonial matters, probate and insolvency and bankruptcy. We are also highly experienced in as Independent Experts for residential property in Cannock and Rugeley in respect of matters such as valuation, boundaries and construction disputes.

RICS Homebuyers surveyors report on a 1902 end terrace house at Rugeley

Our RICS Rugeley 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.



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RICS Building Surveys provides a more detailed picture of a property’s construction and can be carried out on practically all residential properties.

The report is bespoke and tailored to your requests.

It is most suitable when the building is less conventional. This could be because it is very old, it has been built using unusual construction methods, or it is dilapidated. Similarly, it can be very informative if a building has been extensively altered.

An RICS Building Survey will tell you about the condition of the property including the state of the chimneys, roofs, rainwater goods, roof edges, walls, floors, ceilings, partitions, windows and doors. We can tell you whether there is any structural movement or settlement, wet rot, dry rot, woodworm or damp problems. We give you an overview of the services such as the electrical installations, boiler, central heating, hot and cold water.

RICS Building Surveyors Report on a leaning gable end.


Measurement with a spirt level by our surveyors suggested that the top fifteen course of bricks are out of plumb by 150mm from above the point at which two purlins bear into the gable wall. The top ten course of the wall are built with a single skin of bricks and are likely to be unstable. The the likely cause of the leaning wall is failure to ties it into the structure at the time of construction.

Our surveyors suggested that the top fifteen courses of brickwork should be rebuilt with a 225mm wall that is inherently more stable. Straps set into the centre of the wall can be secured to the roof structure. The straps can be secured to the existing longitudinal timbers and to planks screwed across and perpendicular to the rafters just below each side of the apex. 18mm x 120mm x 2.4m floor boards or similar would suffice.  

Sadly in this instance the purchaser had relied on a mortgage valuation for the purchase of the late 1920's house which is thus about ninety years old. The surveyor thus had no duty to report the leaning wall to the purchaser as he was only worried about his mortgage lender. The purchaser will now have to stand the cost of about £250.00 of labour and about £750.00 of scaffold if the wall is to be properly repaired by rebuilding it. A homebuyers survey by Steve Butler Chartered Surveyors Cannock and Rugeley would have cost about £400.00.



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A standardized report produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to highlight significant problems and matters requiring urgent investigation.

It is designed to flag up major defects and problems that need urgent or significant attention, because such issues will affect the property’s value.

It is the cost effective choice for the majority of property purchasers.

A valuation of the property and estimation of reinstatement cost for insurance purposes is included as standard in both our Building Survey and Homebuyers Survey reports.

Due to the time taken to measure the property Building Surveys cost considerably more than the Homebuyers Report, however you should bear in mind that they are unlikely to find any serious defects to the property that the Homebuyers Survey and Report will not.

It is considered that the Homebuyers Survey and Report will be suitable for most clients.



VAT may be applicable!

Pre 1919             1919 - 1945        1946 - 2020

1 and 2 Bedroom Flats

450.00              425.00               400.00

1 and 2 Bedroom Houses

475.00              450.00               425.00

3 Bedroom Houses

550.00               500.00              450.00

4 Bedroom Houses

 600.00               550.00               500.00

5 Bedroom Houses

 650.00                600.00               550.00 


Building Surveyors Structural Survey Costs Cannock Burntwood Hednesford

VAT may be applicable!

Pre 1919    1919 - 1945   1946 - 2011    

1 and 2 Bedroom Flats               

450.00          425.00            400.00

1 and 2 Bedroom Houses          

 550.00         500.00            450.00

3 Bedroom Houses                   

650.00          600.00            550.00

4 Bedroom Houses                    

750.00          700.00            650.00

5 Bedroom Houses                    

850.00          800.00            750.00



Our Cannock surveyors have been undertaking Help to Buy Valuations for Target for a number of years and are fully familialr with their requirements.


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!



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