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These photographs were by taken by our Oldbury Chartered Surveyors during a Property Survey of a typical inter-war three bedroom house. Our Oldbury Surveyors found damaged metal work on a flat roof, missing window lintels, sagging gutters, exposed metalwork on electrical fittings and damp in a chimney breast. Click on the above link to see what else our Chartered Surveyors were able to find.
Typical semi-detached three storey house with cellar from just before WWI. The Roof surface is life expired and has also distorted due to a sub standard structure which has probably resulted from having to accommodate the dormer window. There are no fire doors on the landings or halls to protect the occupier of the roof void rooms or to allow an escape corridor. The garage roof was also like expired due the slates delaminating and the structure was also substandard and had a decayed joist end. Boundary walls had suffered considerable loss of their faces. Yew trees in the garden are extremely toxic and a beech tree is a maintenance liability and may have protection order. The period nature of the house and others in the road means it is likely to be in a conservation area.
Our surveyors have at least thirty years experience of preparing residential building surveys, homebuyers surveys and valuation surveys in Oldbury.
We are also highly experienced in as Independent Experts for residential property in Oldbury in respect of matters such as valuation, boundaries and construction disputes.
Specializing in residential property surveys and valuations has inspired confidence in a wide range of clients including individuals, large and firms of solicitors in the Oldbury and West Midlands area.
Chartered Surveyors are fully qualified MRICS members and Registered Home Inspectors and RICS Regulated Valuers ensuring the practice complies with exacting standards.We provide a professional, cost effective residential property survey service and try to be as accessible as possible. Our survey reports are written in plain language with minimal caveats. Our clients like our straight forward approach, and that we try to go that little bit further on behalf of the client. Clients are particular welcome to attend the survey so that defects can be discussed on site.
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. Clients are also most welcome to meet our surveyors on site.
Our surveyors can invariably visit clients in the Oldbury area the same day or next day, at the office or home.
A cautionary tale about cheap 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. But not so cheap in the long run!
Oldbury Sutton Coldfield Wasps nests discovered by our Chartered Surveyors during a Oldbury Sutton Coldfield Homebuyers Survey. These are only small examples, completed ones can be about as big as a football. They are no harm to the property and can be left unharmed unless the wasps are actually causing a nuisance, although most people never know that they have been there. The become extinct in winter and the Queen moves on.
Chartered Surveyors Oldbury Sutton Coldfield discovered this heating pipe durring a homebuyers survey in Oldbury Sutton Coldfield. Our surveyors noted that the pipe might be subject to corrosion du to chemicals in the concete floor attacking the copper. This can also affect metal gas pipes which if discovered should be re-routed.
A Homebuyers Survey and Report by our Chartered Surveyors noted a missing earthing wire in Oldbury Sutton Coldfield. The pipes below the boiler should have a green and yellow sleeve connecting back to an earth. Lack of earthing makes it dangerous to use metal light fittings or switches and is likely to be indicative the system is dated or installed by an amateur.
Surveyors in Oldbury Sutton Coldfield came across this original 1960's door on a Homebuyers Survey in Oldbury Sutton Coldfield. Our Chartered Surveyors advised that the glass was not toughened and poses a risk to anybody falling against it. All glass doors and glass panels below 80cm from the floor fitted in properties today have to have toughened glazing panels.
Corroding Steel in Oldbury Sutton Coldfield. Rust discovered by our Chartered Surveyors on a Oldbury Sutton Coldfield Homebuyers Survey and Report. The rust is caused by corrosion of the steel beads used to give the external render a straight edge. The rust may eventually force the render off. Unfortunately the only way to remedy the problem is to remove the angle bead and insert another which is not expensive. However most would than want to repaint the unsightly patch repair of the render and it then becomes necessary to paint the whole elevation for a satisfactory finish.
Lifting thermoplastic tiles were noted by our Chartered Surveyors during a Homebuyers survey in Oldbury Sutton Coldfield. Our surveyors always treat lifting thermoplastic tiles with suspicion as they may be caused by dampness. There appeared to be an impervious membrane under these tiles suggesting that they are lifting due to poor bonding or a water spillage.
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