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Homebuyers Surveys in Derby

Building/ Structural Survey in Derby

Independent Expert Reports

Property Valuations

About Steve Butler RICS Chartered Surveyors




Our services 

Our Chartered Surveyors specialise in RICS property surveys and valuations in the Derby and Derbyshire area including:

Building Surveys/ Structural Survey in Derby

A survey that includes a full description of how the property is put together. Useful in understanding older properties that may have methods of construction that are not common today or if they are of unusual layout or have been substantially altered.

Homebuyers Survey Reports in Derby

Our favourite survey. A punchy report that tells you the important things about the property, particularly those that are serious, require urgent attention or are likely to affect the property’s value. Covers all part of the property includes structural movement, dampness, rot, drains and electrics

RICS Help to Buy Valuations

Valuations specifically written to meet Target's requirements. We can prepare these for a fixed fee of £300.00 and have lots of experience and can ensure that they meet Targets requirements first time.

RICS Valuations

Valuations that meet the requirements of the various courts and tribunals for use in Matrimonial, Taxation, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Probate and Court of Protection negotiations.

Independent Expert Reports

For use in insurance claims for structural movement, and a wide range of disputes including boundaries and rights of way, and poor workmanship disputes with builders in respect of kitchens, conservatories, tiles, roofs, stairs, sliding and folding doors and windows and bathrooms among others.

Surveys of Public Houses

Public Houses are often very old and have often been neglected by past tenants with little interest in the future of the building. Pub surveys are useful if buying such a property and essential if leasing on where the landlords will, if at all possible, present you with a long list of repairs at the end of the tenancy and want financial compensation.

Boundary Surveys

Boudaries and rights of way are our specialism.


Homebuyers Survey, Building Survey or RICS Valuation? What type of house survey should you commission?

The following link advises potential puchasers about the different type of surveys that our surveyors can provide and the problems with relying on a mortgage valuation survey.

Do I need a survey, and which survey should I chooose?


RICS Homebuyers Survey Report on a 1933 semi detached house by Derby Surveyors

Photographs and comments from the Homebuyers Survey report 

Typical ex-local authority semi-detached house of brick and tile construction house. The concrete canopy alerted our surveyor that the property was probably ex-local authority as they were not popular on private houses of this age. Our surveyors were concerned that three pedestrian paths in separate ownerships that had been converted to a shared driveway by removing fences or hedges which raised all kinds of legal complexities and scope for dispute should somebody re-erect a fence. The property had suffered from structural movement which did not particularly concern our surveyors, and had an obsolete water heating system and electrics that were dated although there was no indication to our surveyors that they were immediately dangerous.


Property survey report on a terrace house dating from about 1932 by Derby House and Property Surveyors

Surveyor's photographs from this Derby Property Survey Report on a terrace house constructed about 1932

A typical privately built terrace house constructed with brick walls and a clay tile roof with replacement windows. The property has brick front and rear walls that are solid and will be cold and prone to condensation. There is clay tile roof although it they have a profile similar to modern concrete tiles. The face of the roof had formed a dish shape. This is a common feature of properties of this age due to the longitudinal timbers that support the rafters being under sized. Plastic framed windows with concrete lintels above have replaced the original timber or metal framed windows. There is an engineering brick damp proof course that it typical of the era. Damp was penetrating the solid wall due to a broken gutter. Damp seen in the under stairs cupboard was likely to be due to condensation due to a combination the cold wall an the cupboard being unheated and having limited ventilation. Mould under the kitchen linoleum was consistent with condensation or water having been spilt. Ceiling Panels above an entry tunnel were not considered to be a particular problem as the asbestos is well encapsulated. Simple precautions such as wearing a mask will suffice if disturbing it. A fracture of the window lintel should be repaired to stop corrosion of the reinforcing steel which is very destructive and will cause the lintel to disintegrate. A rodent probably a squirrel has caused damage to timbers in the roof void. Lack of droppings suggested that it is historic. Tiles with a chicken pattern suggested that the kitchen had last been refurbished in the 1970's. Unusually the chickens on the tiles were all the right way up.


Derby RICS Chartered Surveyors Building Survey of a 1965 Bunglaow 

Comments of our surveyors and photographs from the Building Survey Report

A typical detached bungalow from the 1960’s built with a narrow front elevation to save land costs

Our surveyor found an old and inefficient boiler sitting under an unsupported chimney breast and supply radiators connected by a one pipe system which is very inefficient and often results in radiators at the end of the run no heating up.

There were no steel lintels above the replacement windows, the frames of which are often not as strong as the original timber ones which can cause the bricks above to sag. A large and expensive glazing unit has misted due to moisture ingress which is usually caused by the drainage channels at the bottom of the frame becoming blocked so that the unit sits in water.

The garage was built into the ground to save the cost of levelling the site. High ground adjacent to thin garage walls can cause them to buckle particularly if there is wet clay soil.

A white fuse box with re-wireable fuses suggested that the property had last been re-wired in the 1980’s fuse box. Lack of RCD protection was of considerable concern to our surveyors. Uniformly green earthing cable sleeve are also indicative of a 1970's or 80's system. Old switches however suggest that parts off the system may have been original which was also of concern to our surveyors.


Extracts with photographs of defects seen by our RICS Chartered Surveyors Derby when undertaking RICS Homebuyers Survey Reports and RICS Building Surveys