Principal: Steve Butler MRICS Chartered Surveyor147 Peasehill Ripley DE5 3JN
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Building/ Structural Surveys
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About Steve Butler RICS Chartered Surveyors
Steve Butler is truly local having lived at Matlock and Ripley, and having been educated at Wirksworth. Steve first became interested in being a Chartered Surveyor having worked with the Derbyshire Buildings Society's Duffield staff mortgage surveyors and later worked at Noel Wheatcroft and Sons, Matlock and Alfreton.
Steve has been an independent surveyor for twenty five years specialising in surveying and valuing residential property and preparing independent expert report on boundaries and poor workmanship
Homebuyers Survey Report on a 1960's Dormer bungalow near to Alfreton and South Normanton
Our surveyors saw frost damagd bricks, poor insulation of the roof, a dangerous hatch, crude repairs with spary foam and a swallows nest
Local Knowledge - Steve Butler has lived been educated and worked within a few miles of Alfreton for most of his life.
Independence - Being entirely independent I always put the client first and can offer a bespoke service.
Access - You can always speak to me directly or come along to site. And unlike the corporates I don't have to rush off to the next job, so the survey and report get the time they deserve.
Professionalism -The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) ensure the practice complies with exacting standards. They require that I keep up to date with property matters, maintain audited clients accounts, professional indemnity insurance and a formal complaints procedure.
Further Information - www.structuralsurvey.co.uk contains information about other Chartered Surveying Services in the Derby and Derbyshire area.
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.
Not so cheap in the long run!
RICS Homebuyers Surveys Alfreton and South Normanton.
This drainage channel found by our surveyors during an Alfreton Homebuyers Survey is blocked. The cause is a 'U' bend that was deliberately designed into older style drainage systems just before they enter the public sewer to prevent sewer gasses and rats entering the property's drainage system. Unfortunately the ‘U’ bend is also good at trapping objects that that enter the system leading to blockages. Above the ‘U’ bend there is usually a hole for rodding the drain which should have a ceramic cap that look something like a tea pot lid. These are usually long lost or deliberately removed so that sewerage can by-pass the U bend as is happening here. If particularly troublesome the ‘U’ bend can replaced with a straight section of pipe although at some expense.