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Leicester RICS Surveyors for Structural and Building Surveys, Homebuyers Reports, House and Property Valuations in Leicester and Leicestershire



Steve Butler is an independent RICS Chartered Surveyor with over twenty five years’ experience of surveying and valuing residential property in the Leicester area.


Our Chartered Surveyors are highly experienced in preparing Building Surveys, Homebuyers Reports and Valuation Surveys of houses, and acting as Independent Experts for all types of residential property matters.


Our surveyors expertise in building surveys and homebuyers surveys is recognized by a wide client base of customers from the Leicester and Leicestershire area who include individuals, large organizations and solicitors.


The adjacent links contain a lot of information about Homebuyers Surveys, Building Surveys and other surveying services our Chartered Surveyors offer in the Leicester area.


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Sample Homebuyers Surveys:


Leicester Homebuyers Survey


Leicester Homebuyers Report


Leicestershire Surveyors Report


RICS Surveyors Report Leicestershire


Leicester Survey Report


Leicester Homebuyers Survey Report


Homebuyers Survey Report Leicester





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This shallow pitched extension roof was dicovered by our Leicester RICS surveyors on a Leicester homebuyers survey. It is at high risk of being vulnerable to penetation by driving rain or sittign snow at it is below the the fifteen degrees pitch that the manufature specifies as being the minimum pitch at which they should be laid. Note also the mortar coverd wall at the ight of the roof which is only single skin and will be cold and prone to water penetration where is projectsbeyond the atached property. Note also the poor mortar wetherproofing at the juncture of the wall and roof. It will be vulnerable to fractiring allowing water penetrtion





Leicester Property Surveyors find a factured flat roof during a Leicester house survey.


Failure to repair the fractures will allow water ingress and also cause the reinforcing steel to corrode. Corroding steel expands by up to five times its original size and can force off the concrete destroying the roof.




Nottingham Surveyors discover defective gas meter.



Leicester Surveyors discover a missing gas seal 


This gas meter cupboard has a missing seal which looks like putty or plasticine where the gas supply pipe passes though the wall of the house.  A similar missing seal caused a house at Derby to blow up. Engineers working on the mains supply had damaged the pipe. Gas was able to seep between the pipe and a sleeve and up into the gas box of the house at Derby and then on into the house.



Old Chimney found on a Nottingham House Survey



Defective Chimney found by our Leicester Surveyors


The lost brick faces and pointing are usually due to frost expanding within moisture laden bricks or cement when thawing and forcing the surface off.


Encouraged on the line of chimneys due to acid laden condensates soaking into the brickwork over time. Some times the bricks are so badly eroded that they have holes in or only the outside face remains and a screwdriver can be poked through the face into the flue. Our surveyors always advise that old flues should have a liner inserted before use.


Corrosion noticed by our surveyors during a Leicester house survey


Rusting Metal on a Nottingham Property


The rust is caused by corroding steel beads that are set in the render to give it a sharp edge. Unfortuantey the surevyor can only recommend chopping them out competely and insert new beads. It the becomes necessary to paint the whole wall to get a satisfactory finish.


Damp Floor noted during a Leicestershire Homebuyers Survey


Damp Floor noted on a Nottingham House Buyers Survey


Lifting thermoplastic tiles are often caused by dampness. It is worth lifting up an edge to see what is underneath. In this case there appeared to be an impervious membrane under these tiles suggesting that they are lifting due to poor bonding or a water spillage. Thermoplastic tiles can also contain asbestos as can many plastics. However the asbestos is well bound into the tiles and they can be disturbed if wearing a mask.


Leicester RICS Surveyors find sinking brickwork


Fractured Brickwork Nottingham Homebuyers Survey


The brickwork has fractured becasue it is sinking. The window frame is of insufficient strength to support the brickwork properly without the addition of a steel lintel. This is a common problem in Leicester properties where the original steel and timber window frames have been replaced. 


Leicester surveyors find Potential squatter in door way

This spider was noted lurking in a door way of a surevy in Leicester waiting for an oportunity to sneak in as soon as it turns a bit colder.




Leicester Wasps nests discovered by our Chartered Surveyors during a Leicester 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. 


Nottingham surveyors discover a bees nest


Homebuyers survey in Leicester reveals corroding pipe.


Chartered Surveyors Leicester discovered this heating pipe during a homebuyers survey in Leicester. Our surveyors noted that the pipe might be subject to corrosion due to chemicals in the concrete floor attacking the copper. This can also affect metal gas pipes which if discovered should be re-routed.


Leaking pipe seen by Nottingham Surveyors


Surveyors discover missing earth on Leicester light fitting.


A Homebuyers Survey and Report by our Leicester Chartered Surveyors noted a missing earthing wire in Leicester. The terminal towards the bottom of the picture should have a cable with 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 the system is dated or installed by an amateur.


Surevyors notice defective earthing in a Nottingham House Survey


Chartered Surveyors Leicester came across this original 1960's door on a Homebuyers Survey in Leicester.


Unfortunately the glass was not toughened and posses 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.


Dangerous glass found by Nottingham surveyors


Corroding Steel in Leicester


Rust discovered by our Chartered Surveyors on a Leicester 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.


Japanese Knotweed discovered by Chartered Surveyors in Leicester.


Imported for its pretty appearance but not appreciated by mortgage lenders due to its ability if accidently covered over to grow through the structure of buildings. If this is in evidence on the plot of, or near a newly built property there is no need to call a surveyor, just but another house! The clump was spotted by one of our Leicester Chartered Surveyors on the Homebuyers Survey of a house in Leicester but was not likely to be a threat has it had spread from nearby land since the house was constructed.


Chartered Surveyors Nottingham find Japanese Knotweed


Damaged Lead discovered on a Leicester House Survey


Leicester Surveyors discovered this damaged lead covering on a Leicester Homebuyers Survey. It could only be seen from on top of the garage roof. The badly decayed edge of the timber deck suggests that nobody had bothered to check this area for many years. It is thus well worth checing over out of sight areas once a year or so.


 Nottingham Surveyors find damaged lead roof



Tree roots seen on a Leicester House Survey


These tree roots will have found their way through one of the joints on these old clay pipes. The joints are britle and easily fractured by minor ground movements. Modern clay pipes come in much longer sections and the joints have more ability to move slighty whilst remaining intact. At this stage this root infestation should be easy to remove. It is thus worth wile checking your drians once a year or so ensue that their are no invaders.