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If you are you buying a property in Birmingham, West Bromwich, Solihull or Redditch then a pre-purchse Building or Homebuyers Survey may help avoid future expenses.
Our suveyors specialise in surveying and valuing residential property in Birmingham, West Bromwich or Redditch, 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.
Birmingham, West Bromwich and Reddith 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.
Building and Structural Survey Reports include:
A full description of the property including measurements of the structural elements to ensure that the structure of the property is understood.
A list of all the major elements of the property and services with a comment as to condition urgency, and suggestions as to methods and costs of repairs if appropriate.
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A summary of items requiring either urgent repair of further investigation.
Identification of serious risks to the property and people.
A market valuation and insurance re-instatement cost can be added if required.
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 infomation about serious defects to the property than the Homebuyers Report.
It is considered that the Homebuyers Reports will be suitable for most clients.
Birmingham, Redditch and West Bromwich 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.
Structural survey of a 1930's semi detached house. The elevations 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.
Choosing your Birmingham Residential Property Survey.
The videos below offer advice from the RICS about the different types of RICS Survey including RICS Homebuyers Reports, and RICS Building Surveys which were previously known as Structural Surveys. Steve Butler Surveyors offer both Homebuyers Report and Building surveys on properties throughout the Birmingham area. We also offer RICS Valuations including Target HA compliant Help to Buy Valuations.
Photographs of defects seen by our Birmingham Surveyors
This surveyors photograph is taken looking down between the rafters of a 1960's dormer bungalow towards the flat roof. There is no insulaiton in the flat roof which is a typical ommision that our surveyors see in properties of this age. The ceilings of the dormer may be cold and prone to condensation. The sides of the dormer are often also not insulated.
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