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Chartered Surveyors in the Birmingham Area

Steve Butler RICS Chartered Surveyor is an independent Birmingham Surveyor with thirty years experience of surveying and valuing property in the Birmingham area. Offices at Sutton Coldfield and Solihull ensure I have a good local knowledge for surveying and valuing properties in North, South and East of Birmingham.  As an independent RICS Chartered Surveyor I am able to offer a flexible rather than prescriptive response to clients structural survey, building survey, homebuyers report and valuation requirements.  You can always speak to one of our Birmingham Chartered Surveyors directly, or come along to site. And unlike the corporates surveyors we don't have to rush off to the next job, so the survey and valuation report get the time they deserve. For peace of mind my mandatory RICS Surveyors p.i insurance is underwritten by the global Lloyds Insurance company. 


Homebuyers Reports, Building Surveys, Full Structural Surveys in Birmingham.

A Building Survey or Homebuyers Report by Chartered Surveyors Birmingham 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 report from Chartered Surveyors Birmingham 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.

All Building Surveys and Homebuyers Reports are undertaken by Steve Butler MRICS Chartered Surveyor personally ensuring that personalized service to all our clients.

Our Birmingham Chartered Surveyors have at least thirty years experience of preparing residential building surveys, homebuyers surveys and valuation surveys in Birmingham and the greater Birmingham area.

We are fully qualified MRICS members and Registered Home Inspectors and RICS Regulated Valuers ensuring the practice complies with exacting standards.

Building Surveys in Birmingham:

The Building Survey or Structural Surveys 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.

Home Buyers Surveys and Reports in Birmingham:

A Homebuyers Survey and Report is a standard report produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to highlight significant and urgent matters.

The Homebuyers Survey 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.

Surveyors Birmingham considered that the Homebuyers Survey and Report will be suitable for most clients.

Residential Property Valuations in Birmingham

Steve Butler is an RICS regulated valuer and can undertake RICS valuations of residential property in Birmingham for all types of purposes.

Types of residential property valuations include:

Valuations for probate

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Valuations

Valuation for Capital Gains and Inheritance Tax

Housing Association and Help to Buy Valuations

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!




Independent Surveyors in Birmingham 





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