Surveyors in Birmingham
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SURVEYORS BIRMINGHAM - SURVEYORS FOR RICS HOMEBUYER REPORTS, BUILDING SURVEYS AND PROPERTY VALUATIONS IN BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTRE AND GREATER BIRMINGHAM.
22 High Street, Birmingham, B72 1UX 8 Jeremy Grove, Birmingham, B92 8JH
Freephone 0800 026 6739 or
Birmingham Surveyors find collasped ceiling during a Birmingham Property Survey
This ceiling was found by our surveyors on a typical lean to side passage between two Birmingham semi detached houses. As it is outside of the living accomodation it has been neglected and water seeping from the valley has rotted the josts ends until they collasped. It will now be extremely expensive to repair due to access difficulties and the attachment to the next property.
Birmingham Surveyors find ponding on a flat roof during Birmingham Building Survey
The ponding is probably due to sinking of a chip board deck due to condensation. The sinking is likely to get worse and the roof more vulnerable to damage if somebody stands in this area whe the roof is dry and the defect less obvious. Ply and more modern composites make much better decks.
Birmingham surveyors find mould growing on a skiritingboard during a House Survey in Birmingham
The mould is likely to be encourged by dampness. In this case the skirting board is on a chimney beast and it likey that the base of the former hearth is damp.
Reports from Surveyors Birmingham
A report from 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.
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.
Is a standard report produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to highlight significant and urgent matters.
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 MRICS Chartered Surveyor personally ensuring that personalized service to all our clients.
Surveyors Birmingham have at least thirty years experience of preparing residential building surveys, homebuyers surveys and valuation surveys in Birmingham and the greater Birmingham area.
Surveyors Birmingham 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.
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!
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