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About Steve Butler Derby RICS Surveyors





Steve Butler Surveyor has been undertaking Building Surveys and Level 2 Homebuyers Surveys of residential property in Derby for thirty years and is thus very familiar with the area. Steve has been surveying, valuing and managing a portfolio of properties in Derby since qualifying as Chartered Surveyor in 1992. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which is an independent professional body established by Royal Charter has been setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity for surveyors for over one hundred and fifty years. Steve Butler has also passed the Government's Home Inspector Surveying Examinations and is a qualified commercial energy surveyor and associate member of the Chartered Institution of Legal Executives.

Steve Butler Chartered Surveyors are entirely independent. We do not not pay introductory fees to estate agents ensuring our independence.

Our surveyors have lived in or owned properties of all types and ages in many parts of Derby and Derbyshire so we have considerable local knowledge of most areas, and practical experience of owning and maintaining many types and ages of property.






If you are you buying a property in Derby then a pre-purchse Building or Level 2 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 Level 2 Homebuyers Survey and Report will not.


It is considered that the Level 2 Homebuyers Survey and Report will be suitable for most clients.


All Building Survey and Level 2 Homebuyers Reports are undertaken by Steve Butler personally ensuring that personalized service to all our clients.


Derby Chartered Surveyors RICS Level 2 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 in Derby: 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.


Levels Homebuyer Reports in Derby: Click for sample report

Level 2 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 Homebuyers Survey of a Derby Bungalow built about 1980

1980's bungalowSunken floorBuckled wallFrost damaged bricksDamaged door seal

Although modern this property suffered from a buckled flank walls, rotting timbers and a fractured floor.

Boundary Right of Way and Party Wall surveyors Derby

We can help property owners in Derbyshire with Party Wall matters. Steve Butler surveyors can help prepare shedules of condition prior to works on an adjoining property so that there is no argument as to wether the proposed works cause damage. Our surveyors can also draw up an agreement between the parties so that works are carried out in a manner that will reduce the risk of damage to an adjoining property and inconvinience to the neighbour.

CPR 35 Right of way and boundary dispute report for Court

The claimant wanted to argue she had a right of way with a vehicle from a public car park through a splay that was persistently blocked by the land owner first with a car that was subsequently burnt out and then with bollards. Unfortunately, the judge found she had been using the splay for just short of the twenty years required for a right of way by prescription, she did not have a right of way by conveyance and that she had not acquired the right of way under Section 62 of the LPA 1925. It was found under cross examination that access to the splay had been blocked by a wall which was demolished less than twenty years ago and that an alternative access had existed at the time which had subsequently become blocked and then re-opened.

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

Victorian slates seen by our surveyors on a Level 2 Homebuyers Survey. Our surveyors noticed that the slates are starting to disintegrate. Slate is a layered material and with age the layers will literaly peel off usaully due to frost action on condensation. The other common source of failure of slate roofs seen by our surveyors is corrosion of the fixing nails that secure the slates.

Fractured floor. The house had been built on a sand quarry. Amazingly a mortgage surveyor and a structural engineer who incorrectly diagnosed sulphate attack (sulphate attack forms  humps in the floor) had missed the buckled window frame seen below.The purchaser lost £20,000 selling the house on to a builder.




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