firstname.lastname@example.orgSteve Butler Chartered Surveyors Courtyard Business Centre, 41a Southwold Drive, Nottingham NG8 1PA
NOTTINGHAM DERBY NEWARK GRANTHAM HOMEBUYERS BUILDING AND STRUCTURAL PROPERTY SURVEYORS
Here our Nottingham clients were accused of having used a neighbours garage as a retaining wall for their patio. Our surveyors were able to show that the patio was separated from the garage by a gap extending to below the garage damp proof course level. The surveyors CPR35 compliant expert witness report can be seen if you follow the link
Measurement with a spirt level suggest 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 bicks and are likely to be unstable. The the likely cause of the leaning wall is failure to ties it into the strcture 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 nintey 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 Nottingham would have cost about £400.00.
Our RICS Nottingham Expert Witness Surveyors look at badly laid out Yellow Lines, clamping signs and whether a Derby access road is a private right of way or public highway
The dispute was about a parking ticket issued for parking on the yellow lines in a restricted zone on Full Street a public highway. The road is an access to a service yard off Full Street Derby. Steve Butler Chartered Surveyors argued for the recipient of the ticket that the car was on a private right of way and not the public highway. The City argued that the highway ended at a gully that runs across the road marked the end of the highway. Steve Butler Chartered Surveyors argued that if the gully was a juncture of public and private highway that there should be a T bar to mark the distinction and that gullies have no place in highway law. There was also a ‘no parking or you will be clamped sign’ on a car park wall just in front of where the car was parked. The City Council argued that the signs had not been put up by them despite their distinctive logo and that they owned the car park. A clamping sign on building on the opposite side of the road way was approximately mid-way between two T bars that stretch beyond where the car was parked. Our expert surveyors argued that the T bar at back of the pavement would be considered by a reasonable member of the public to be the end of the highway and that the section of road between the two T bars would be considered to be private as the clamping sign was at the centre.
Typical semi-detached three storey house with cellar from just before WWI. The chimneys have been removed probably because they were in very poor condition and the roof replaced with a modern concrete tile one which raised concern about the structures ability to support the extra weight. Blocked cellar ventilation was a big threat to the property encouraging dampness which has caused decay of a joist and encouraged beetles. When the house was designed no thought had been given to protecting the occupier of the attic room from fire and the stairs to the attic room were steep with winding treads and difficult to use in the dark. An attempt to cover frost damaged bricks appeared to have used plaster rather than a sand and cement render which would make it vulnerable to water damage. The property had old lead water supply pipe and a corroding metal gas pipe. Insualtion of the attic room was considerably substandard.
Our surveyors found structural movement in several places due to initial foundation settlement, uneven floors due to failure to compact the base, water penetration and dampness, old electrics, evidence of rats in the roof void, conversion of a former outhouse into a kitchen extension, a number of removed internal walls, and disintegrating concrete on a homebuyers survey and report of this Nottingham semi detached house.
On this Derby Homebuyers Survey we encountered severe structural movement causing a considerable slope on the landing floor. The movement also showed up in the fracturing and dropping of brickwork above window openings. The original slate roof had been recovered with much heavier concrete tiles but there had been no attempt to upgrade the roof structure making it vulnerable to failue in the event of heavy snow. Poor gutter arrangements put the property at risk of water penetration as it has solid walls which will make it cold and prone to condensation.
Nottingham Derby surveyors discover corroding beads, defective pitched and flat roofs, blocked drains and damp floors on this Homebuyers Survey report.
Homebuyers survey of a 1900 semi detached house by Nottingham Chartered Surveyors. The Roof surface is due or renewal and also has a standard structure due to the opening for the dormer window preventing the use of a longitudinal supporting timer. There are no fire doors on the landings or halls 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 delaminating and having evidece that the fixing nails were corroding. The garge roof structure was also substandard and had a decayed joist end due to a small but persistent leak. Boundary walls were in poor condtion due to frost dmage to the faces and one was at risk of being pushed over aby a tree. 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.
Guideline Nottingham Homebuyers Survey Fees. See Homebuyers Survey Fees for more information. VAT inclusive. Properties under £300,000
Pre 1919 1919 - 1945 1946 - 2011
1 and 2 Bedroom Flats 350.00 300.00 275.00
1 and 2 Bedroom Houses 375.00 350.00 325.00
3 Bedroom Houses 400.00 375.00 350.00
4 Bedroom Houses 450.00 425.00 400.00
5 Bedroom Houses 550.00 500.00 450.00
Guideline Nottingham Building Survey Fees. See Building Survey Fees for more information VAT inclusive. Properties under £300,000.
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
Steve Butler Chartered Surveyor has lived in Derby and Nottingham all his life and is thus very familiar with the area. He attended Nottingham Trent University to take his Chartered Surveyors examinations. Steve has been surveying, valuing and managing a portfolio of properties in Derby and Nottingham since qualifying as Chartered Surveyor in 1992. Steve Butler has also passed the Government's Home Inspector Examinations and is a qualified commercial energy surveyor and associate member of the Chartered Institution of Legal Executives.
If you are you buying a property in Nottingham and Derby then a pre-purchase Building or Homebuyers Survey may help avoid future expenses.
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 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
A standardized report produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to highlight significant problems and matters requirng 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.
All Building Survey and Homebuyers Reports are undertaken by Steve Butler RICS Chartered Surveyor personally ensuring that personalized service to all our clients.
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