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Principal: Steve Butler MRICS Chartered Surveyor16 High Street, Staveley, S43 3UX
8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday
Steve Butler MRICS Chartered Surveyor has over thirty years experience of surveying and valuing property in the Sheffield and South Yorkshire area.
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.
Sheffield RICS Surveyors Home Buyers Survey Report on a 1900 semi detached house near Doncaster
Professionals residence near Rotherham constructed 1900 to 1910. Note the decorative stone work around the window openings. The Roof surface is life expired and has also distorted due to a sub standard structure which has probably resulted from having to accommodate the dormer window. The original doors on the landings and halls do not have half hour fire resistance which would be a modern requirement to protect the occupier of the roof void rooms or to allow an escape corridor. The garage roof was also like expired due the slates de-laminating and the structure was also substandard and had a decayed joist end. Boundary walls had suffered considerable loss of their faces. Yew trees in the garden are extremely toxic and a beech tree is a maintenance liability and may have protection order. The period nature of the house and others in the road means it is likely to be in a conservation area.
Boundary and Right of Way dispute surveyors Rotherham Doncaster
We are also able to help clients in Rotherham Doncaster with Boundary and Right of Way Disputes. Steve Butlers legal training gives him a considerable advantage over other surveyors when it comes to preparing reports for use in the court and critically in negotiating agreed facts.
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.
Independent RICS Property Valuations in Rotherham Doncaster
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.
RICS Rotherham property surveyors structural survey and report on a 1910 semi detached house
This property has been constructed with a shared side path and side doors to reduce plot width saving land costs. The 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 Sheffield 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.
Regulated by RICS
The main advantages of dealing with our Chartered Surveyors are:
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.
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.
RAPID RESPONSE: Our surveyors can invariably meet clients in Rotherham Doncaster the same day or next day, at the office or home.
Surveyors report on a 1930's Semi detached house in Rotherham
Typical 1930's semi detached house. The elevations 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.
Defects seen by our surveyors during RICS Homebuyers Reports and Building Surveys in the Rotherham and Doncaster area
This modern roof structure alarmed our Sheffield Chartered Surveyors as the trusses are acting independently of each other. They can be seen as a row of dominos that could easily topple over in adverse conditions. These types of roofs should have horizontal timbers at the apex and half way down the face of each roof face to tie the structure together. There should also be diagonal timbers across the faces of the roof running upwards from the bottom corners towards the apex at forty-five degrees. The metal straps are to stop the gable end brickwork falling out and should really be anchored to a horizontal timber that is nailed across three of the trusses.
Our Sheffield RICS Surveyors were particularly concerned by this door. It is an attic bedroom door in a three storey Victorian house. The door is not able to resist fire to protect the occupier of the attic room if there is a fire and they cannot escape. The bedroom, living room and kitchen doors fronting a potential escape route should also be half hour fire resisting. In the three storey properties any cellar should have a ceiling.
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