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RICS Chartered Surveyors Homebuyers Survey and Report on a 1930 Wirksworth 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.

RICS Chartered Surveyors Homebuyers Report on a Bradbourne 1960 dormer bungalow

Our Bradbourne 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.




Independent RICS structural surveyors report on a Alton 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 particularly concerned by humping of a concrete floor as mortgage surveyors might make the property unsuitable for lending purposes.






Our Chartered Surveyors are highly experienced in Homebuyers Reports, Building Surveys and House and Residential Property Valuations in Cheadle Rocester Alton and Denstone. They also act as Independent Experts preparing reports for use in the County Court regarding boundary disputes, matrimonial matters and poor workmanship.

Our expertise in residential property survey and valuation is recognized by our wide client base of customers who include individuals, large organizations and solicitors in the Cheadle Rocester Alton and Denstone area. Our straight forward approach, and that we try to go that little bit further on behalf of the client has lead to a lot of repeat business and referals.

We provide a professional, cost effective surveying service and try to be as accessible as possible. Our survey reports are written in plain language with minimal caveats. 

Our Chartered Surveyors have at least twenty years experience of surveying in the Cheadle Rocester Alton and Denstone area and have thus developed a good local knowledge of the area and different types of property

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. You are welcome to site meetings with our Chartered Surveyors.

Our Chartered Surveyors are Registered Home Inspectors and members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who ensure that our surveyors keep up to date with property matters.

Chartered Surveyors Derby is also reguleted by the The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors who require maintenance of exacting standards including maintaining audited clients accounts, professional indemnity insurance and a formal complaints procedure.

Our surveyors can invariably visit clients in the Cheadle Rocester Alton and Denstone area the same day or next day, at the office or home.



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

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

A 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.


Cheadle Rocester Alton and Denstone Building Surveys: Click for sample report

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.


Carsington Brassington Bradbourne Wirksworth Surveyors Homebuyer Reports: Click for sample report

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 personally ensuring that personalized service to all our clients.

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


RICS Rocester Building Surveyors Report on a 1932 terrace house.

Our Denstone Structural Surveyors found poor gutter arrangements, condensation, penetrating dampness and asbestos sheets.


Cheadle RICS Building Surveyors Report on a 1905 detached house

Our Cheadle RICS Chartered Surveyors found sloping floors from old settlement, thermal movement cracks, hard to access gutters and a potentially dangerous easement



Spondon Rocester Denstone Alton Cheadle Chartered Surveyors Defect Photographs from Homebuyers Reports and Building Surveys

Damp found by Coventry Surveyors


Surveyors Denstone find damp during a Building Survey

In this instance the cause is likely to be condensation. It is a corner of a room behind furniture where air cannot circulate well. The ragged pattern of the dampness rising very high only in the corner of the wall is also consistent with condensation. Rising damp tends to rise to an even height and produces a horizontal tide mark.

Beetle exist holes on a stair string. The beetles have long gone and structural damage is likely to be minimal as the beetles after being laid eat their way into the timber and back to the surface over a period of about nine months

Activity usual ceases one the timber dries out. Most infestations are brought into properties by people picking up a timber that is damp from being outside to do a small repair.

This Rocester garage has distorted. The distortion shows as horizontal fracture on the wall of the garage and the wall below the fracture being out of plumb having been pushed into the garage. The likely cause is heavy wet clay leaning against the garage. The wall adjacent to the retained ground should have been engineered to act as a retaining wall.

This photograph shows that wall from inside the garage. Our Alton surveyors recommended digging a trench against the garage and filling it with stone chippings to improve drainage.

The most common cause of drain failure is objects put into the drains by people. Many an aftershave or similar bottle has disappeared down the toilet. Also beware of fats rice and porridge which if dumped down the sink in large quantities can cause blockages. In this instance roots are the cause of the drain failure. Even small plants and shrubs can have long roots which are able to find their way between mortar joints in chambers or joints in the old style clay pipes. Only style clay pipes came in small sections and thus had many joints that could fail with slight movement of the ground allowing a point for root entry. Modern plastic pipes come in long sections and have very tight joints with rubber seals. The plastic and rubber are also flexible and can accommodate movement better than the rigid clay pipes with ridged mortar joints. 







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