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Expert witness CPR 35 report on a collapsed wall at Loughborough for county court
In this case both parties were trying to deny ownership of a collapsed retaining wall. Our boundary dispute surveyors were easily able to resolve the question of ownership by reference to the title deeds. The owners of both properties abutting the boundary wall then blamed the other for its substantial and expensive collapse. As the boundary wall remains unrepaired and unstable it is likely that the property on the lower side of the wall is not mortgagable knocking many thousands of pounds off its value. Our surveyors were able to demonstrate with a few trial pits constructed against the wall that the movement of the wall had occurred entirely above ground level on the lower side of the wall. This confirmed that the wall had collapsed because it had been unable to cope with the weight bearing against it rather than because the foundations had rotated due to supposedly leaking drains on the adjacent property as the owner of the walls structural engineer had tried to claim.
Structural Surveyors Report on a leaning gable end at Shepshed
Measurement with a spirt level suggest that the top fifteen course of bricks lean out 150mm from above the point at which two large longitudinal structural roof timbers bear into the wall. The top ten course of the wall are of single skin construction and particularly vulnerable to further movement. The the likely cause of the leaning wall is failure to restrain it at the time of construction.
Reccomedned demolishing the top fifteen course of brickwork and rebuild them with a 225mm wall tied together with either bricks laid across the wall or metal ties. Straps set into the centre of the wall can be secured to the roof structure. The straps can be secured to the existing longitudinal timbers and to planks screwed across and perpendicular to the rafters just below each side of the apex. 18mm x 120mm x 2.4m floor boards or similar would suffice.
Loughborough Chartered Surveyors Building Survey report photographs of a 1902 terrace
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.
Independent CPR Part 35 report for court on poor workmanship to a Syston roof by rogue traders.
This roof was recovered at a cost of £12,000. The work was probably largely unnecessary. Most of the work will have to be redone.
Surveyors CPR 35 compliant defects report on bathroom tiling for Loughborough County Court Proceedings
Here's what £700.00 of bathroom tiling looks like. This was the worst tiling job that our Leicster RICS Expert Witness Surveyors had ever seen! There was nothing good that could be said about it. All will have to be scrapped. Failure on such jobs are invariable caued by failure to think for a few minutes before starting work and failure to use simple tools such as a tape measure, square, level plumb line or spacers. If engaging any contractor start to worry at early stage if they rush into the job and do not make frequent use of the simple tools mentioned above. A good building or construction job always starts with good planning which almost always involves ten minutes with the tape measure!
RICS Homebuyers Report on a 1960s detached house near to Shepshed
Loughborough RICS Homebuyers Surveyors RICS Home Buyers Survey Report 1960 detached house. Problems included damaged and hard to obtain roof tiles, a flat roof holding water, collapsing retaining walls, poor channel arrangements in a drain chamber leading to blockages, a warm air system with potential maintenance and asbestos issues, and leaking balcony surfaces decaying the supporting decks
Syston surveyors homebuyers report on a 1935 semi detached house
Our Loughborough surveyors found frost damaged bricks blocked vents and poor insulation that was likely encourage condensation, substandard electrics, a dangerous glass door, potenially dmp quarry tile floors, old ceilings that were at risk of collapse, missing firebreak walls and missing roof linings.
Damp and timber survey by Loughborough RICS surveyors.
Our surveyors found a dangerous boiler, dry rot beetles and wet rot. Poor venetilation was again the cause of all three problems.
Our Loughborough Chartered Surveyors have at least thirty years experience of preparing residential building surveys, homebuyers surveys and valuation surveys in the Loughborough area
We are also highly experienced Independent Experts for residential property in Loughborough 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 Loughborough
Our Loughborough 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 Loughborough the same day or next day, at the office or home.
We can provide a rapid response in the Leicester areas at low cost. Homebuyers Report and Building Survey prices are fixed so that you know exactly where you are.
RICS Valuations including Help to Buy Valuations in Loughborough Shepshed Syston
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
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Steven Butler Limited - Top 3 Surveyors in Leicester 2017 - 10 - 17
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Survey report by Leicester RICS surveyors buildingsurvey.co.uk Review by Penny - 2017-09-01
Thank you Steve!
We accompanied Steve on the survey of what we thought was going to be our dream buy. After half an hour of Steve burrowing around under carpets and shoving his moisture meter in and out of timbers we considered ourselves saved from a potential living hell. The property was riddled with dampness, beetles and dry rot. Steve told us that due to inadequate underfloor ventilation the ground floor timbers were damp which was enccouraging the beetles and dry rot. He suspected that once the fresh air got in after the disgusting carpets were removed from what appeared to be solid timber floors that they would literally disintegrate before our eyes. Suspected remedial costs £5000.00.
Thank you Steve.
Steve also picked up dodgy wiring, old lead pipes and a suspected breach of the boundary line by an extension of the property.
Homebuyer Survey, Derby Review by Linda - 2017-09-10
Promptness of response : Received an email from Steve Butler informing me that he is available to take my instruction for a survey
Quality of service : My emails were answered promptly and the survey was carried out quickly and efficiently.
Value for money : I was very happy with the price quoted for the full house buyers report
Professionalism : The report was emailed to me promptly which I printed out and a couple of queries I had were quickly answered and addressed via email.