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Steve Butler Chartered Surveyors Leicester

Steve Butler RICS Chartered Surveyor is an independent Leicester Surveyor with thirty years experience of surveying and valuing property in the area.  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 in Leicester. You can always speak to one of our Leicester Chartered Surveyors directly, or come along and meet our surveyors on 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. 

Chartered Surveyors in Leicester area

Our Chartered Surveyors have offices in Leicester. This ensures our surveyors have a good local knowledge for surveying and valuing properties in Leicester and Leicestershire. Our Chartered Surveyors can also assist accross the East Midlands.

Surveyors for RICS Homebuyers Reports, Building Surveys, Full Structural Surveys in Leicester.

A Building Survey or Homebuyers Report by Chartered Surveyors Leicester will tell you about the state of repair and safety of the property including the state of the roofs, walls, floors, ceilings, partitions, windows and doors. Our surveyors 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 Leicester can help estimate the likely expenditure within the first year or so of buying a property due repair or maintenace requirements. 

These expenses can be budgeted for when deciding what to pay for the property and organising finances.

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

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

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

Building Surveys by Leicester Surveyors

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 Leicester

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

Our Leicester RICS surveyors provide a professional, cost effective residential property survey service and try to be as accessible as possible. Our Structural, Building and Homebuyers 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.

Residential Property Valuations in Leicester

Steve Butler is an RICS regulated surveyor and valuer and can undertake RICS surveys and valuations of residential property in Leicester 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

Our Leicester surveyors 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!


RICS Leicester building surveyors homebuyers survey and report on a 1950 terrace 

Our Leicester RICS building surveyors found non standard construction, a leaning chimney, cold concrete floor and open stair rails


RICS Oadby surveyors homebuyers report on a 1950 bungalow


Our Oadby Chartered Surveyors found a moss infested roof, blocked gutters, limited insualtion, and rotten timbers 

Independent RICS Surveyors Report on a 1950 semi detached house Shepshed 

Our Shepshed building surveyors found severe damp problems, rotten decking, and strange objects in the garden. 


Chartered Surveyors Leicester Homebuyers Report on a 1940 Terrace at Leicester 

Our Leicester Chartered Surveyors found blocked air bricks, unvented chimneys, substandard roof structure, poor insulation and substandard electrics


Independent Property Survey of a 1930 Semi detached house in Leicester

Our Leicester RICS homebuyers surveyors found damp floors, an uninvited guest, fractued roof and potentially hazardous stair rails 


Homebuyers Survey of a Leicester 1910 Semi detached house by our independent property surveyors 

Our Leicester Chartered Surveyors found structural movement, a persistent leak, frost damage and an insecure ceiling whilst carrying out an RICS Homebuyers Survey of this Leicester 1910 semi detached house


Property Survey Photographs of a 1930's Leicester Terrace



These photographs were by taken by our Leicester Chartered Surveyors during a Property Survey of a typical inter-war three bedroom terrace house. Our surveyors found damaged metal work on a flat roof, missing window lintels, sagging gutters, exposed metalwork on electrical fittings and damp in a chimney breast. Click on the above links to see what else our surveyors were able to find.


 Homebuyers Survey Report 1930' Leicester Semi-detached house


These photographs were by taken by our Leicester Chartered Surveyors during a Homebuyers Survey of a typical inter-war three bedroom terrace house. Our surveyors found rotton skirtings, condesnation, damp floor and a root infested drain. Click on the above links to see what else our chartered surveyors were able to find.


Building Survey and Property Valuation of a 1900 terrace house in the Lutterworth area 

The Building survey of this property revealled an asbeston cement flue pipe, missing earthing on the lighting system, a chimney in poor condition and very limited insulation in the roof void. Our surveyors were also able to find a number of other defects.








Chartered Property Surveyors Leicester, Lutterworth, Oadby, Shepshed and Syston   




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