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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 tell you any more information about serious defects to the property than the Homebuyers Report.
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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.
This property was of concrete panel construction. At a later date the substandard panels had been removed and replaced with brick. The property had a leaning chimney, cold concrete floor and missing stair rails
RICS Structural survey on a 1950 Derby bungalow
The roof of the property was covered with moss which had blocked the gutters causing water damage. The roof conversion had limited insulation and ground floor skirting boards were rotten.
RICS Chartered Surveyors Building Survey on a 1909 Semi detached house at Melbourne Derbyshire
RICS Building Survey Report on a Derby semi-detached house with cellar and attic room from just after the turn of the century. The chimneys have been demolished probably because they were in very poor condition from attack by condensates of combustion and the original tiles roof replaced with a modern concrete tile one which caused our RICS surveyors concern about the structures ability to support the extra weight. Poor cellar ventilation had encouraged dampness which has caused decay of the floor structure and encouraged beetles to infest the floor planks. There was no protecting the occupier of the attic room from fire and the stairs to the attic room were steep with winding treads and difficult to use in the dark. External render appeared to have used plaster rather than a sand and lime render which would make it vulnerable to water damage. The property had old lead water supply pipe and a corroding metal gas pipe. Insulation of the attic room was considerably substandard.
Derby RICS Chartered Surveyors pre purchase Building Suvey report on a typical 1902 terrace house
Our Derby RICS surveyors inspected this terrace house. The front and rear walls of this property had been badly 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 prone to water penetration. An attic conversion had dangerous stairs and no fire protection and probably no insulation of the ceiling.
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.