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Principal: Steve Butler MRICS Chartered SurveyorDerby Road, Chesterfield, S40 2ER
Homebuyers Surveys Chesterfield
Building and Structural Surveys Chesterfield
RICS Valuations in Chesterfield
About Steve Butler RICS Surveyors Chesterfield
RICS CHARTERED SURVEYORS IN CHESTERFIELD BOLSOVER DRONFIELD CLOWNE CLAY CROSS STAVELEY
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is an independent professional body established by Royal Charter.
Since 1868 the RICS has been setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity. It is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in property infrastructure and construction.
Steve Butler is an independent RICS Chartered Surveyor with over twenty five years’ experience of undertaking structrual surveys, building surveys and valuing residential property in the Chesterfield area.
Our Chartered Surveyors are highly experienced in preparing Building Surveys, Homebuyers Reports and Valuation Surveys of houses and residential property, and acting as Independent Experts for all types of residential property matters.
Our surveyors expertise in building surveys and homebuyers surveys is recognized by a wide client base of customers from the Chesterfield and Bolsover area who include individuals, large organizations and solicitors.
FULL RICS STRUCTURAL AND BUILDING SURVEYS IN CHESTERFIELD
A Building Survey is a thorough inspection of a property. It is the most comprehensive of the surveys available for residential properties and will provide a detailed evaluation of a property’s construction and condition.
Also known as a Structural Survey, the Building Survey report will describe the condition of each element of the house and suggest which aspects need attention or further investigation where the cause of a problem is not immediately apparent.
It is important to check that the surveyor you select is regulated by RICS, as they set the guidance for surveyors and this will ensure that the advice you are getting is independent, expert advice from appropriately trained professionals.
Chesterfield RICS Chartered Surveyors Building Survey Report on a 1980 terrace house
Our Chesterfield RICS Surveyors found a collapsed wall, unusual easement, vulnerable gas pipe, roof void wet rot, single glazed cold windows and a substandard roof structure during this Building Survey of a Chesterfield house. The property has single glazed timber windows and that are likely to be subject to condensation and decay. Pots and pans in the roof suggest that the metalwork at the right of the roof is leaking.
Building Surveys are suitable for all properties, but they are particularly appropriate for:
Older Properties that are over 100 years old
Buildings constructed in an unusual way, regardless of age
Buildings that you intend to renovate or change
Buildings that have already been renovated or significantly altered
A Building Survey examines all accessible elements of the property and the surveyor will actively search for any structural problems or defects. The building survey will also asses health a safety matters and draw attention to matters that your solicitors should investigate.
You can request that certain areas are included to cover particular concerns that you may have about the property. In contrast to the RICS HomeBuyer Report, there is a lack of a standardised format for the Building Survey report, so the surveyor is able modify a Building Survey to your needs.
Please note that a Building Survey does not include a valuation, so if this is something that you require please ask your surveyor separately if it can be included.
RICS HOMEBUYERS SURVEY REPORTS IN CHESTERFIELD
Home Buyer surveys provide an inspection by an RICS Chartered Surveyor of the areas of a property that are easily accessible. The surveyor looks for visible problems that are serious, dangerous or that could affect the property value. The report will include an overview of required property maintenance and will give you an idea of whether repairs are needed, but it will not discuss the repair options and associated costs. The report also provides top-line guidance on environmental hazards and highlights issues that your legal advisor should look into. Steve Butlers Home Buyer Surveys include a reinstatement cost for insurance purposes, and a market valuation.
Chesterfield surveyors homebuyers report on a 1935 semi detached house
Our Chesterfield RICS 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 durring a RICS Homebuyers Survey of this Chesterfield property.
RICS VALUATION IN CHESTERFIELD
RICS Valuations are used for Help to Buy loan repayments, Shared Ownership purchases, Right to Buy purchases, matrimonial proceedings, probate and taxation among others.
An RICS valuation must be carried out by an independent RICS Registered Valuer. The valuer will assess how much the property is worth using the criteria set out in the RICS ‘Red Book’ guidance document. This document sets out professional standards for Red Book valuations and ensures a high-quality service. Steve Butler Surveyors Chesterfield are RICS regiseted valuers.
RICS Red Book valuations differ from an estate agents’ valuation appraisal. Surveyors inspect the construction, size, condition and location of the property. They then make a thorough technical assessment using their extensive training and experience. The results of this assessment, combined with information on the sale price of comparable properties in the close vicinity that have recently sold, are used to make evidence-based valuations.
RICS valuations are entirely independent. Unlike estate agents’ valuations, there is no conflict of interest because surveyors do not earn commission.
A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT CHEAP SURVEYORS
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.
Not so cheap in the long run!
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