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RICS Homebuyers Report on a 1960s detached house near to DERBY

Derby RICS Homebuyers Surveyors RICS Home Buyers Survey Report 1960 detached house. Problems included damaged and hard to obtain roof tiles, a flat roof holding water, collapsing retaining walls, poor channel arrangements in a drain chamber leading to blockages, a warm air system with potential maintenance and asbestos issues, and leaking balcony surfaces decaying the supporting decks

Derbyshire property surveyors homebuyers report on a 1935 semi detached house

Our Derby surveyors found frost damaged bricks blocked vents and poor insulation that was likely encourage condensation, substandard electrics, a dangerous glass door, potenially dmp quarry tile floors, old ceilings that were at risk of collapse, missing firebreak walls and missing roof linings.

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

Our Chartered Surveyors found structural movement, a long standing leak, frost eroded bricks and an insecure ceiling

Homebuyers Report on a 1950's Derby Flat

Matters our house 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.

RICS House survey report on a Derby 1981 semi detached house

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.

Derby RICS Chartered Surveyors Homebuyers Survey on a 1903 Terrace House

RICS Homebuyers Report on a typical turn of the 20th Century Derby terrace house that has been retrospectively rendered and had a replacement concrete tile roof. The property had poor weather proofing of a chimney and a displaced gutter both of which are likely to allow water penetration. There were indications of on going problems with the drians and rats were present in both the drians and a roof void that had a low level of insualtion. There was high risk of carbon monoxide poisioning due to a poorly installed stove.


RICS Homebuyers Surveys and Reports in Derby East Midlands

Prepared in an easy to read jargon free standard format designed by the RICS the Homebuyer report aims to help you:

make a reasoned and informed decision on whether to go ahead with buying the property;

make an informed decision on what is a reasonable price to pay for the property;

take account of any repairs or replacements the property needs

consider what further advice you should take before exchanging contracts;

and determine how much to insure the property for

To help describe the condition of the home, the surveyor gives condition ratings to the main parts (or 'elements') of the building, garage, and some parts outside.


Defects which are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently.



Defects that need repairing or replacing but are not considered to be either serious or urgent. The property must be maintained in the normal way.



No repair is currently needed. The property must be maintained in the normal way.


Not inspected.


The surveyor also advises and matters that your legal advisers should investigate and imminent risks to the property or people.

Defects noticed by our Derby Surveyors whislt under taking Homebuyers Reports and Building Surveys in Derbyshire


Wet rot growing on damp timbers in a cellar. The damp is entirely due to condensation. Beetles and very destructive dry rot also like damp timbers in unventilatd spaces. The correct ventilation of cellars and the underside of suspended timber floors is very important. Common errors are to fill in coal drops to cellars, seal underflloor vents in the mistaken belive that it will reduce draughts in the property and to block under floor vents by constructing extensions or rasing the ground level.

This flight of stairs was discovered by or surveyors during a Homebuyers Survey and Report on a typical late Victorian terrace house in Derby. The bathroom and kitchen are in an annex constructed with a height that is two or three feet lower than the remainder. This leads to the ceiling heights having to be lowered in the kitchen and bathroom resulting in the need for these steps down from the main part of the property. Our surveyors considered all steps to be a fall hazard however they become even more of a hazard when placed immediately beyond a doorway. Our surveyors would have liked a landing to be constructed within the room between the door and the steps but there is not often room to accommodate one.

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