Valuations 2018-01-01T19:16:30+00:00

Please Note: A Valuation is NOT a Survey.
There is a misconception the lender valuation is enough. As a homebuyer you should note that the valuation is carried out in the interest of the lender, NOT the buyer.

Matrimonial Valuations

Some marriages break down. When they do, if there’s property involved the value of it will have to be agreed.

A valuation for matrimonial purposes aims to provide a Market Valuation, which can be used to decide how joint property assets are divided between parties involved in divorce proceedings. Shape Surveyors can carry out valuations for either party to make absolutely sure an impartial value is established through professional judgement. We understand that marriage break-up is difficult, when it happens, property valuation is one less thing to worry about.

Our surveyors are able to undertake these matrimonial valuations and provide reports compliant with Rule 35 of the CPR 1998. In most cases we are jointly appointed by instructing solicitors (on behalf of each party) to provide an independent valuation report for the Courts. We are able to provide matrimonial valuation reports in respect of the matrimonial house and/or other shared residential, investment or commercial property.

Help to Buy Valuations

If you have a Help to Buy loan, you will need a RICS valuation if you sell your property or re-mortgage to pay off your Help to Buy loan. The amount repayable is in direct proportion to the current market value of your property. Shape Surveyors are independent RICS

registered valuers specialising in valuation reports for this purpose and satisfy the criteria for Target HCA who now administer the loans.

Help to Buy Valuation Criteria

The RICS Valuation checklist is as follows:-

The Valuer must be registered with the recognised qualification of RICS.

The valuer must be independent of an Estate Agent.

The report must be on headed paper and signed by the RICS surveyor and addressed to Target HCA.


The comparables provided must be like for like in terms of property type, size and age and within a 2 mile radius to the property that is being inspected.

The valuer must not be known or related to you.

The valuer must inspect the interior of the property and provide a full valuation report.

Valuations for bank and mortgage purposes are not acceptable.

A copy of the valuation report must be supplied to Target; – the inspection date must be shown on the report.

As residential surveyors our valuation report adheres to all of these requirements.