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RICS Surveys Information Sheet - Homebuyers Surveys - Building/ Structural Surveys
Surveyors photographs and notes of problems found on RICS Homebuyers and Building Surveys, Defect Reports and Boundary Disputes
Structural Surveyors Report on a leaning gable end at Leicester
Measurement with a spirt level suggest that the top fifteen course of bricks lean out 150mm from above the point at which two large longitudinal structural roof timbers bear into the wall. The top ten course of the wall are of single skin construction and particularly vulnerable to further movement. The the likely cause of the leaning wall is failure to restrain it at the time of construction.
Reccomedned demolishing the top fifteen course of brickwork and rebuild them with a 225mm wall tied together with either bricks laid across the wall or metal ties. 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.
Leicester Chartered Surveyors Building Survey report photographs of a Luterworth terrace
Our Leicester RICS surveyors inspected this terrace house. The front and rear walls of this property had been bably damaged by water because of failure to undertake a few hundred pounds of gutter and down pipe repairs. Intruders had damaged the kitchen and bathroom and run off with the boiler as well as damaging central heating pipes. An extension containing the bathroom and kitchen was single skin construction and likely to be cold and porne to water penetration. An attic conversion had dangerous stairs and no fire protection and probably no insulation of the ceiling.
This case explains why surveyors check properties for good underfloor ventilation of suspended timber ground floors in structural surveys, building surveys or home buyers reports. Surveyors found suspected dry rot and beetle infestations due to a failure to provide simple underfloor ventilation, a damp chimney and substandard floor. The Beetles are encouraged by the poor underfloor vantilation as they like damp timber that is encoraged by high humidity. The dry rot likes areas with poor ventialtion as it prefers to grow in still conditions. Most dry rot decay is however triggered by a large increase in moisture levels such as a broken rainwater pipe or flood. The surveyors also found black mould in the living accomdoation casued by high moistue levels and lack of heating and by lack of heating and ventilaton.
Damp and timber survey by RICS surveyors.
Our Leicester surveyors found a dangerous boiler, dry rot beetles and wet rot. Poor venetilation was again the cause of all three problems.
In this case both parties were trying to deny ownership of a collapsed retaining wall. Our boundary dispute surveyors were easily able to resolve the question of ownership by reference to the title deeds. The owners of both properties abutting the boundary wall then blamed the other for its substantial and expensive collapse. As the boundary wall remains unrepaired and unstable it is likely that the property on the lower side of the wall is not mortgagable knocking many thousands of pounds off its value. Our surveyors were able to demonstrate with a few trial pits constructed against the wall that the movement of the wall had occurred entirely above ground level on the lower side of the wall. This confirmed that the wall had collapsed because it had been unable to cope with the weight bearing against it rather than because the foundations had rotated due to supposedly leaking drains on the adjacent property as the owner of the walls structural engineer had tried to claim.
Independent CPR Part 35 report for court on poor workmanship to a roof by rogue traders.
This roof was recovered at a cost of £12,000. The work was probably largely unnecessary. Most of the work will have to be redone.
Report on a defective roof by cowboy builders.
Surveyors CPR 35 compliant Defects Report for Leicester County Court Proceedings
Here's what £700.00 of bathroom tiling looks like. This was the worst tiling job that our Leicster RICS Expert Witness Surveyors had ever seen! There was nothing good that could be said about it. All will have to be scrapped. Failure on such jobs are invariable caued by failure to think for a few minutes before starting work and failure to use simple tools such as a tape measure, square, level plumb line or spacers. If engaging any contractor start to worry at early stage if they rush into the job and do not make frequent use of the simple tools mentioned above. A good building or construction job always starts with good planning which almost always involves ten minutes with the tape measure!
The report noted damp marks, a sloping floor, inefficient old boiler, an unsatisactory roof structure and condensation mould.
Homebuyers Report on a 1950's Derby Flat
Matters our Building Surveyors noted incuded a leaking car park roof, penetrating damp, an eroded wall damaged by a tree. Our surveyors had particular concerns about the high cost of having to repair the wall and leaking car park roof.
As the house was of timber framed construction our surveyors thus took particular care to look for evidence of dampness that might decay the timber frame. Ponding of a flat roof suggested further investigation was required as the deck might not be properly constructed. Such ponding can encourage condensation in the roof void which encourages decay or beetles.
Independent survey report on a 1933 terrace house
There was evidence of beetle infestations, dampness, rusting steel and lack of parking arrangements. Further investigation before exchange of contracts was suggested for all of these matters due to the high cost of remedial works. Our surveyors were particuarly concerned by humping of a concrete floor as mortgage surveyors might make the property unsuitable for lending purposes.
Building survey and report on a 1950 Coventry terrace
This property was of concrete panel construction. At a later date the substandard panels had been removed and replacd with brick. The property had a leaning chimney, cold concrete floor and missing stair rails
Structural survey on a 1950 bungalow
The roof of the property was covered with moss which had blocked the gutters casuing water damage. The roof conversion had limitd insulation and ground floor skirting boards were rotten.
Independent property survey of a 1930's Nottingham semi detached house
This property suffered from damp floors, an uninvited guest, fractued concrete flat roof and potentially hazardous stair rails
Homebuyers Survey of a 1910 Semi detached house by our independent property surveyors
We found structural movement, a long standing leak, frost eroded bricks and an insecure ceiling
Homebuyers Survey of a 1980 Birmingham Terrace by our Chartered Surveyors
Chartered Surveyors Report 1980 Terrace
Our Birmingham RICS Surveyors found a collapsed wall roof void wet rot, single glazed cold windows and a substandard roof structure
Homebuyers Survey of a 1902 Terrace by our Derby Surveyors
Chartered Surveyors Homebuyers Report 1901 Terrace
Our Derbyshire RICS surveyors found problems with escape from this property, insecure roof felt, an unstable wall and problems with rights of way and an unusual easement.
RICS Surveyors Photographs from the building survey of a Leicester 1940 Terrace
A homebuyers survey of this property found that it had blocked under floor vents, poor insualtion, poor fire escape arrangements and substandard electrics.
Homebuyers Report Photographs from a 1900 terrace property survey by our RICS Chartered Surveyors in Leicester
Independent Surveyors Report 1900 Terrace
The house had woodworm, a corroding water tank, frost damaged chimney and ancient electrics
Photographs from a surveyors homebuyers report on a 1960's Birmingham Dormer Bungalow
RICS Building Surveyors Report 1960 Dormer Bungalow
Survey of a 1960's dormer bungalow near to Birmingham. Defects found included frost damged bricks, ponding on a garage roof, uninsulated roof voids and a dangerous loft hatch.
Photographs from a House Survey of a 1930's Terrace House
Independent Surveyors Report 1930 Terrace
Homebuyers Survey of a 1930's terrace near Birmingham. Our surveyors found missing window lintels, incorrectly aligned gutters, chimney salts and exposed metal on electrical fittings
Homebuyers Survey of 1965 Bungalow
RICS Homebuyers Survey Report 1965 Bungalow
We found an old and inefficjent boiler, unsupported chimney breast, mising lintels, old electical fitings and an invasion of ants.
Homebuyers Survey of a 1950's semi detached house near Leicester.
Surveyors Report 1950 Semi
Our building surveyors found severe damp problems, rotten decking, and strange objects in the garden.
Homebuyers Survey of a Leicester 1930's Terrace House by or Independent Chartered Surveyors
Homebuyers Report 1932 Terrace
Our Surveyors found leaking rainwater goods, damp walls, solid walls and a bowed roof during the Homebuyers Survey of this 1930's terrace.
Our Leicester Chartered Surveyors have at least thirty years experience of preparing residential building surveys, homebuyers surveys and valuation surveys in the Leicester area
We are also highly experienced Independent Experts for residential property in Leicester in respect of matters such as valuation, boundaries and construction disputes.
Specializing in residential property surveys and valuations has inspired confidence in a wide range of clients including individuals, large and firms of solicitors in Leicester
Our Leicester Chartered Surveyors are fully qualified MRICS members and Registered Home Inspectors and RICS Regulated Valuers ensuring the practice complies with exacting standards.
We provide a professional, cost effective residential property survey service and try to be as accessible as possible. Our survey reports are written in plain language with minimal caveats. Our clients like our straight forward approach, and that we try to go that little bit further on behalf of the client. Clients are particular welcome to attend the survey so that defects can be discussed on site.
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. Clients are also most welcome to meet our surveyors on site
Our surveyors can invariably visit clients in Leicester the same day or next day, at the office or home.
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Survey report by Leicester RICS surveyors buildingsurvey.co.uk Review by Penny - 2017-09-01
Thank you Steve!
We accompanied Steve on the survey of what we thought was going to be our dream buy. After half an hour of Steve burrowing around under carpets and shoving his moisture meter in and out of timbers we considered ourselves saved from a potential living hell. The property was riddled with dampness, beetles and dry rot. Steve told us that due to inadequate underfloor ventilation the ground floor timbers were damp which was enccouraging the beetles and dry rot. He suspected that once the fresh air got in after the disgusting carpets were removed from what appeared to be solid timber floors that they would literally disintegrate before our eyes. Suspected remedial costs £5000.00.
Thank you Steve.
Steve also picked up dodgy wiring, old lead pipes and a suspected breach of the boundary line by an extension of the property.
Homebuyer Survey, Derby Review by Linda - 2017-09-10
Promptness of response : Received an email from Steve Butler informing me that he is available to take my instruction for a survey
Quality of service : My emails were answered promptly and the survey was carried out quickly and efficiently.
Value for money : I was very happy with the price quoted for the full house buyers report
Professionalism : The report was emailed to me promptly which I printed out and a couple of queries I had were quickly answered and addressed via email.