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RICS Building Surveys
These steps are typical of a Victorian terrace. The lead down into an annex built at a lower level than the main property to save construction costs. Part of the room is in the roof to further save money. The problem with the steps is that people do not expect them to be behind a door and they are thus a trip/ fall hazard. If possible a landing should be constructed between the steps and the door but often there is not room as can be seen in this instance.
This ceiling is in a projection at the back of a 1900 terrace house. The projection first floor room has been built into the roof to save money at the time of construction. Our surveyors see a lot of these angled ceilings in Victorian houses and some 1930's properties. The problem with the angled ceilings is that they are often not insulated leading to cold and condensation. It might be possible to push rigid sheets of insulation down in to the ceilings from the main roof void. Otherwise it is necessary to remove the plaster to insert the insulation. It is important that woollen insulation is not stuffed between the rafters are it prevents air flow allowing condensation within the roof structure. Our building surveyors suggest that rigid insulation with a gap between the insulation and roof covering should be used to allow air to flow.
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!
STEVE BUTLER CHARTERED SURVEYORS are entirely independent. We have no obligatios to estate agents or lenders and we never pay commission for introductions to clients. Most importantly we only act with the clients interest in mind.
The main advantages of dealing with our Chartered Surveyors are :
PERSONAL ATTENTION: We only have a limited number of clients to ensure that the level of service is maintained. Telephone calls from clients or potential clients are always welcome.
PROFESSIONALISM: Our surveyors are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who ensure the practice complies with exacting standards. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors require that our surveyors keep up to date with property matters, maintain audited clients accounts, professional indemnity insurance and a formal complaints procedure.
ACCESS: 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.
RAPID RESPONSE: Our surveyors can invariably visit you same day or next day, at the office or home.