building-survey-nottingham.co.uk

0800 026 6739

steve@buildingsurvey.co.uk

41 Southwold Drive, NG8 1PA

 

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Independent RICS Structural Surveys and Building Surveys in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Building Survey Nottingham is owned by Steve Butler an indepedent RICS Chartered Surveyor. Steve has lived studied, at Nottingham Trent, and practiced in Nottingham for thirty years

The main advantages of obtaining Structural Surveys and Building Surveys from my practice are: 

Personal service: Tailored service to suit you. I only have a limited number of clients to ensure that the level of service is maintained. Telephone calls from clients or potential clients are always welcome.

Professionalism: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the ensure the practice complies with exacting standards These bodies require that I keep up to date with property matters, maintain audited clients accounts, professional indemnity insurance and a formal complaints procedure.        

Access: Property matters can be very worrying. You can invariably telephone me 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.

Rapid response: I can invariably visit you same day or next day, at the office or home

 

Full RICS Structural and Building Surveys in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

If you are you buying a property in Nottingham then you should seriously consider having the property surveyed.

Building Survey Nottingham specialise in surveying and valuing for residential property in Nottingham, offering a rapid turnaround with efficient and competitive service.

A Building Survey is a thorough inspection of a property. It is the most comprehensive of the surveys available for residential properties and will provide a detailed evaluation of a property’s construction and condition.

Also known as a Structural Survey, the Building Survey report will describe the condition of each element of the house and suggest which aspects need attention or further investigation where the cause of a problem is not immediately apparent.

A Structural or Building Survey will tell you about the condition of the property including the state of the roofs, 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 rising damp. We give you an overview of the services such as the electrical installations, boiler, central heating, hot and cold water.

A Structural or Building Survey can help avoid unplanned expenditure within the first year or so of buying a property due to the fact that no survey was commissioned prior to purchase. Budgets are usually tight in the first few years of buying a property and these additional expenses are not often budgeted for.

It is important to check that the surveyor you select is regulated by RICS, as they set the guidance for surveyors and this will ensure that the advice you are getting is independent, expert advice from appropriately trained professionals.

Building Surveys and Structural Surveys are suitable for all properties, but they are particularly appropriate for:

Listed Buildings

Older Properties that are over 100 years old

Buildings constructed in an unusual way, regardless of age

Buildings that you intend to renovate or change

Buildings that have already been renovated or significantly altered

 

A Building Survey examines all accessible elements of the property and the surveyor will actively search for any structural problems or defects. The building survey will also asses health a  safety matters and draw attention to matters that your solicitors should investigate.

You can request that certain areas are included to cover particular concerns that you may have about the property. In contrast to the RICS HomeBuyer Report, there is a lack of a standardised format for the Building Survey report, so the surveyor is able modify a Building Survey to your needs.

Please note that a Building Survey does not include a valuation, so if this is something that you require please ask your surveyor separately if it can be included.

 

A cautionary tale about cheap building and structural surveys

We recently had to clear up on behalf of a client who had opted for a survey from one of our cheaper surveyor allies.

The surveyor had not bothered to move the remains of a bed in an otherwise empty house to get in to the attic. It took us about 30 seconds.

The roof had a number of snapped rafters as an original slate surface had been replaced with heavier concrete tiles. Expensive

The surveyors had not opened the drain cover as it was supposed to be corroded in.  Again it took us about 30 seconds.

The drain was of course blocked due to a problem with the channel.

The surveyor offered some advice about dampness. The suggestion was completely unnecessary and put everybody in the house at risk of burning to death as the suggestions severely compromised the fire protection of the property. In this case particular important, as it was three stories plus cellar and likely to be in multiple occupation.

We were able to advise the client against that course of action saving potential prosecution/ closure by the Environmental Health Officer.

By doing only half a job and not stopping to think about the content of the report they were naturally able to be much quicker and cheaper.

Not so cheap in the long run!

 

 

 

 

 

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