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About Steve Butler Derby RICS Surveyors


Derby RICS Chartered Surveyors


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 a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, an RICS registered valuer and a meber of the Chartered Institution of Legal Executives.

Steve Butler fully supports the RICS ethos and strive always to provide a professional service in the best interest of our clients.

Steve Butler Chartered Surveyor has been surveying and valuing in Derby for almost thirty years. Steve qualified as Chartered Surveyor in 1992 and is also a member of

the Chartered Institution of Legal Executives. Steve Butler has also passed the Government's Home Inspector Examinations.






If you are you buying a property in Derby then a pre-purchse Building or Homebuyers Survey may help avoid future expenses.


Our surveyors specialise in surveying and valuing residential property in Derby offering a rapid turnaround with efficient and competitive service.


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 ar


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 personally ensuring that personalized service to all our clients.


Derby 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.


Building Surveys: Click for sample report

Building Suvey Fees

The Building Survey 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.


RICS Chartered Surveyors Building Survey on a Derby 1960 dormer bungalow

Our Derby RICS Chartered surveyors found included frost damaged bricks, ponding on a garage roof, unsightly spay foam repairs, uninsulated roof voids and a dangerous loft hatch.


Homebuyer Reports: Click for sample report

Homebuyers Survey Fees

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 the Homebuyers Survey report.


Homebuyers Survey of a 1910 Derby Semi detached house by our independent property surveyors

Our Derby Surveyors found structural movement above a soldier arch, a long standing leak, frost eroded bricks and pointing and an insecure ceiling whilst preparing an RICS Homebuyer Report and Survey


RICS Valuations including Help to Buy Valuations

Our RICS surveyors undertake residential property valuations for all tyes of purpose such as matrimonial dipsutes, probate and insolvency. We are fully familair with the requirments for Help to Buy Valuations


Defects noticed by our Derby Surveyors whilst undertaking Homebuyers Reports and Building Surveys in Derbyshire

Derby Surveyors Defect Photographs



Derby Wasps nests discovered by our Chartered Surveyors during a Derby Homebuyers Survey. These are only small examples, completed ones can be about as big as a football. They are no harm to the property and can be left unharmed unless the wasps are actually causing a nuisance, although most people never know that they have been there. The become extinct in winter and the Queen moves on.

A Homebuyers Survey and Report by our Chartered Surveyors noted a missing earthing wire in Derby. The pipes under the boiler should have a cable with green and yellow sleeve connecting back to an earth. Lack of earthing makes it dangerous to use metal light fittings or switches and is likely to be indicative the system is dated or installed by an amateur.

Surveyors in Derby came across this original 1960's door on a Homebuyers Survey in Derby. Our Chartered Surveyors advised that the glass was not toughened and poses a risk to anybody falling against it. All glass doors and glass panels below 80cm from the floor fitted in properties today have to have toughened glazing panels.

Corroding Steel in Derby. Rust discovered by our Chartered Surveyors on a Derby Homebuyers Survey and Report. The rust is caused by corrosion of the steel beads used to give the external render a straight edge. The rust may eventually force the render off. Unfortunately the only way to remedy the problem is to remove the angle bead and insert another which is not expensive. However most would than want to repaint the unsightly patch repair of the render and it then becomes necessary to paint the whole elevation for a satisfactory finish.


Lifting thermoplastic tiles were noted by our Chartered Surveyors during a Homebuyers survey in Derby. Our surveyors always treat lifting thermoplastic tiles with suspicion as they may be caused by dampness. There appeared to be an impervious membrane under these tiles suggesting that they are lifting due to poor bonding or a water spillage.



Client Questions

Are Steve Butler surveyors who cover Derby?

Yes Steve Butler are RICS Chartered Surveyors who cover Derby.

What type of surveyors are Steve Butler?

Steve Butler are RICS Chartered Surveyors specialising in Residential Property surveys.

Do Steve Butler Derby Surveyors carry out RICS Homebuyers Surveys? 

Steve Butler Chartered Surveyors cary out RICS Home Surveys including RICS Building or Structural Surveys, RICS Homebuyers Reports and RICS Valuations including Help to Buy Valuations.



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