What to do after a bad house survey

What to do after a bad house survey

Knowing what to do after a bad house survey can mean the difference between completing a house purchase or the sale falling through. Problems raised on a property survey don’t have to mean walking away. Some problems are very common, sometimes similar issues can be found in most houses of that age and style. Sometimes other defects can be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate a reduction in the agreed price. If you are particularly concerned about elements of your survey, it is a good idea to speak to your surveyor directly.

But buying a property without a thorough survey is a gamble you should not take, as you might miss significant structural issues that require costly repair work later.

Common problems on house surveys

There are a few common problems on house surveys, and they can have different implications in terms of cost, difficulty to repair, and whether you should continue with your purchase.

Some examples include:

  • Damp and rot
  • Subsidence
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Old electrical fittings

If your house survey highlights any of these issues, your surveyor should be able to give you an idea of how to proceed. An in-depth property survey is likely to look for a wider variety of less common problems, with more detailed advice provided if any are found.

Understanding a bad house survey

Understanding the results of a bad house survey can help you decide how to proceed. At Torus Chartered Surveyors, we use a simple traffic lights system to show the likely difficulty of repair.

No matter what level of survey you go for, we will talk you through the results so that you know what we have found.

How to estimate costs of property repairs

If a significant issue is raised, you can estimate the cost of repair work by asking independent tradespeople for quotes to carry out the repairs. This is especially important if the problem is one that needs repairing immediately, rather than one you can leave until later or have repaired in stages.

Make it a priority to get 2-3 quotes as quickly as possible, so that you can decide whether or not to proceed with the purchase, without keeping the vendor waiting unnecessarily.

Renegotiating the sale price

If repair work is going to cost money – especially if the likely cost is in the thousands – you might opt to ask for this to be taken off the amount you pay for the house itself.

Be reasonable – don’t try to get a heavily discounted sale over a minor or common repair job. But don’t be afraid to revise your original offer if it is important to you.

For more advice on building and house surveys, contact the experts at Torus Surveyors in Altrincham now on on 0161 929 7892 or email info@house-survey.co.uk and a member of our team we’ll be happy to help with your enquiry.

Things to consider when choosing a firm of surveyors

Things to consider when choosing a firm of surveyors

There are plenty of times during your property-owning life when you might want to consult a Chartered Surveyor, obviously including when you buy a house, but also for other valuation purposes like insurance.

But what are the things to consider when choosing a firm of surveyors? Here’s our list of some of the most important things to keep in mind.

1. Location

Location is important, you will want a surveyor with local knowledge. Some large national firms will sometimes send their surveyors many miles out of their normal area of practice, but this is less than ideal when surveying houses. Ideally you want a surveyor who understands the local market, planned infrastructure projects, ground conditions and common structural problems. Torus Chartered Surveyors in Altrincham can provide property surveys in Manchester, North Cheshire and other nearby areas. Just ask if you’re not sure whether your address is within range.

2. RICS Regulation

RICS is the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and by using a RICS-regulated surveyor like Torus, you know you will receive a high standard of service.

3. Reviews and recommendations.

For most people buying a new house is a once in a 5 -10 year experience. Maybe you weren’t impressed by your last surveyor or maybe they are no longer available. When choosing a firm of surveyors ask friends and family for recommendations. Or, better still, ask people who have regular contact with surveyors for their recommendations, such as estate agents, solicitors or financial advisers.  Have a look at online reviews, you can check social networks, Google reviews and third-party websites for honest reviews by past customers.

4. Price

It’s always worth getting a quote and including price in your decision. Remember that not all surveyors are the same, and it’s often worth paying a little extra for better service and in-depth inspections, in exchange for the peace of mind this brings.

5. Choice

While we’re on the subject of different levels of property survey, look out for chartered surveyors who offer you the choice of a RICS Condition Report, HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey.

6. Clarity

How will the results of your property survey be given to you? For example, at Torus we use a simple traffic light system with the most severe damage and repair work highlighted in red, so you can immediately see what needs to be addressed first.

7. Contact

Finally, how easy is it to contact your chosen surveyor? Do they reply promptly to emails or answer the phone when you call? At Torus we pride ourselves on offering good communication to all our clients.

So, when choosing a firm of surveyors look no further than Torus. Give us a call today on 0161 929 7892 and let’s start the conversation.

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.