What does a RICS Help to Buy Valuation involve?

What does a RICS Help to Buy Valuation involve?

Torus Chartered Surveyors are proud to provide a RICS Help to Buy Valuation for our customers. We offer a guarantee they will be accepted by Target, so you can have confidence that you will get all the information you need, with no unexpected extra costs.

As independent RICS Registered Valuers, you get the best of both worlds – confidence in our experience and expertise, with the benefits of our highly personable approach to property valuations.

Our RICS Registered Valuers are a phone call away if you have any questions before or after your RICS Help to Buy Valuations, and we’re always happy to help.

What is a Help to Buy Equity Loan?

Help to Buy is a government loan scheme to top up the amount of money you have available when buying a house. It’s available when you buy a new-build property and you can borrow normally up to 20% of the full house price from the government.

Normally there’s no interest during the first five years, but the standard payments you make are only to cover the cost of the interest from year six onwards. If you want, you can repay the equity loan. Normally, you can either pay it off in full, or pay a partial sum of at least 10% of your property’s value.

Why a RICS Help to Buy Valuation is important

The amount you repay is based on the properties current market value, not on the amount you borrowed. If values have increased you will need to repay the original loan plus 20% of any appreciation. Conversely if prices have decreased the amount you repay will have reduced by that percentage too.

Torus Chartered Surveyors can carry out a RICS Help to Buy inspection in about 30 minutes, including a full check of the internals and externals of your property, its condition and any major defects.

Houses are valued using the comparable method of valuation as outlined in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) Red Book. Following your inspection the valuer will find similar properties to yours which have recently sold and make appropriate adjustments.

The market value for your property is defined as “The estimated amount for which an asset or liability should exchange on the valuation date between a willing buyer and a willing seller in an arm’s length transaction, after proper marketing and where the parties had each acted knowledgeably, prudently and without compulsion”

Our subsequent valuation report is guaranteed to comply with the requirements of Target HCA, the company appointed by Homes England to deal with the interest and repayments on your equity loan.

What you get in a RICS Help to Buy Valuation

When you arrange a RICS Help to Buy Valuation from Torus Chartered Surveyors, you get access to our qualified, experienced and friendly RICS Registered Valuer.

The Valuer will visit your property to take measurements and collect other data needed for your valuation, and then compile a 3-4 page report. Target will process this and provide you with a redemption figure to tell you how much you will need to pay back.

To find out more, contact Torus Chartered Surveyors today on 0161 929 7892 or email info@house-survey.co.uk and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about RICS Help to Buy Valuations.


What happens during a house survey?

What happens during a house survey?

If, like most people you are funding the purchase of your new home with a mortgage, your lender will likely want to satisfy themselves that your home provides them with financial security should you default.

Nowadays lenders use a variety of methods to this, they may undertake an Automated Valuation Model (AVM) where a computer program checks your purchase price. They may ask a surveyor to undertake a Desktop Valuation where your purchase price is checked by a surveyor using a computer many miles away, or they may request a more traditional valuation inspection.

It is important to consider that even if your lender requests a Surveyor physically inspect the property, they are not checking for your benefit. They are looking at the house as loan security. Now consider the size of your deposit; if your new house needs a new roof costing £5,000, but you are putting down a 10% deposit at £30,000 there is a good chance that your lender wouldn’t be overly worried about this.

In your lender’s eyes; in the worst case scenario, if they have to sell your property they can afford to sell it for £30,000 less than your purchase price, the cost of a new roof may be irrelevant to them. This is why instructing your own independent survey undertaken by an experienced Chartered Surveyor is only sensible course of action when buying a new house.

What happens during a house survey depends on the level of survey you have requested. At Torus Chartered Surveyors we offer three types of pre-purchase property survey:

You can see from the estimated length of time taken that a RICS Building Survey is the most in-depth option, whereas a RICS Condition Report is a less comprehensive check.

During a condition report, A surveyor will inspect the property inside and out.  The roof space is inspected from an access hatch if it is safe to do so, the loft would not be entered. The covers to the inspection chambers of the underground drains are not lifted. Underfloor voids are not inspected. The services are visually inspected.

During a HomeBuyer Report the inspection and report is more detailed than a condition report but less detailed than a building survey. A surveyor will inspect the property inside and out.  The roof space is entered and fully inspected if it is safe to do so. Where feasible the covers to the inspection chambers of the underground drains are lifted.

An inverted head and shoulders inspection is undertaken of underfloor voids where possible. The services are visually inspected. The report can also contain a Market Valuation and Insurance Reinstatement figure for an additional fee. The report will focus on matters that may affect the value of the property if they are not addressed.

If you opt for the most comprehensive RICS Building Survey, the surveyor will conduct a detailed visual and structural inspection of the property. The roof space is entered and fully inspected if it is safe to do so. Where feasible the covers to the inspection chambers of the underground drains are lifted and seen in operation. Underfloor voids are fully inspected where possible and safe. The services are visually inspected and seen in every day use where the owners consent is given.

What to expect in a house survey

In all cases, Torus Chartered Surveyors provide a personable approach. We encourage our customers to speak to our surveyors directly and ask any questions you might have about the inspection process.

We make sure you have access to our surveyors by telephone both before and after the physical inspection, so you get end-to-end service from us.

No matter what level of survey you choose, you’ll also get a written report of our findings.

  • A RICS Condition Report will include reports on main elements like floors, walls and roofs, and any significant defects.
  • A RICS HomeBuyer Report can include a market valuation (please ask for this in advance) and advice on any major maintenance that is likely in the future.
  • A RICS Building Survey, formally called a Full Structural Survey, is the most detailed type of pre purchase survey we offer.

If you would like to know more or have any more questions about the differences between property surveys and what to expect on the day, please get in touch by calling 0161 929 7892 or info@house-survey.co.uk. All enquiries are welcome and one of a friendly and helpful staff are waiting to help.

Welcome to Torus Chartered Surveyors

Welcome to Torus Chartered Surveyors

Welcome to Torus Chartered Surveyors. We are fully qualified, experienced RICS Chartered Surveyors, Registered Valuers and Registered Expert Witnesses specialising in residential property throughout the North West and Greater Manchester.

On our website you’ll find out about all of our services, what we cover, and how we can assist you in choosing the right type of house survey, showing house survey costs and their respective advantages. We will also be updating you with the latest news and interesting articles related to house surveys, home valuations and reports, as well as general advice to those who might be planning to build or buy a property.

Our story

Torus was founded in 2019 by Chartered Surveyor Robert Armstrong, who had previously worked for a number of large national surveying companies, most recently as Legal and General’s Staff Surveyor covering Manchester & Cheshire.

Within the last 10 years, large corporate firms of surveyors have increasingly concentrated their resources on looking after their larger corporate clients such as mortgage lenders. Robert noticed an increasing gap in the market developing as many private individuals were finding it increasingly hard to obtain good quality independent residential property advice at an affordable price.

Torus Chartered Surveyors was designed to provide this service to private individuals as opposed to big companies. We are an independent firm of Chartered Surveyors based in Altrincham, where we pride ourselves on proving clients with a professional, comprehensive and friendly service in helping people navigate their way in the property market, whether it’s for buying, selling or owning.

Our services

All Surveyors within the company are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. With such vast knowledge and experience, we offer a wide range of surveyor services appropriate to your individual needs, including:

Visit our website for more information about each of these services.

Which is the right survey for me?

Buying a home is one of the most expensive financial decision you will ever make and it can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Before you purchase your new home, it is essential you obtain your own independent advice as to the condition and value of the property.

A mortgage valuation is merely designed to protect your lender’s interests. It is not intended to be relied upon by you. Increasingly large lenders are relying on computer based Automated Valuation Models (AVMs), a surveyor may not even inspect the property. If they do, many defects which you would be critical to your decision are inconsequential to your lender and therefore would not be covered in a typical Valuation Report.

As home survey specialists, Torus Chartered Surveyors can provide you with all the information you need, offering clear, honest and direct advice on legal property matters, inspections, any building costs on repair works, as well as opportunities of home improvement.

If you would like to discuss your next property purchase with our expert team, or obtain an instant quote, please get in touch with Torus Chartered Surveyors on on 0161 929 7892 or info@house-survey.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help.