Valuing Probate Property

Managing property valuation visits during #Lockdown

We are pleased to say that we are are still valuing probate property during lockdown.

To enable this, and to ensure the protection of all parties involved, we have brought in some checks.

From now, before an appointment, we will discuss COVID guidelines, going through a set of questions to check the safety of all those potentially involved.

Pending the answers to these questions we will then advise on how to proceed with the valuation.

1. Is anyone associated with the property to be valued self-isolating?

2. Have you shown any symptoms of COVID-19; a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of sense of taste and smell in the past 10 days?

3. Is anyone associated with the property to be valued awaiting the outcome of a COVID-19 Test?

Obtaining a property valuation for probate purposes can easily fall to the bottom of a long to-do list. The valuation of probate property and contents, however, is an essential part of the process that has to be dealt with sooner or later and, given the nature of both wills and the detailed nature of sorting through an estate, it is best to start this process sooner.

With best practice being to obtain valuations from multiple local property professionals, it can also be a time-consuming task and often lead to confusion should the valuations vary.

Accurately valuing a home … not all valuations are equal

Although a local estate agent can give you an idea as to the market value of the property, this will be more akin to a market appraisal which due to the nature of their work, can be an inflated view rather than a direct indication of the true market value of the property.

Inheritance Tax

In the case of estates that are liable to pay Inheritance Tax, the valuation must also be able to stand up to scrutiny from HMRC. An often-overlooked fact that can lead to complications further down the line, leading to additional work.

To satisfy HMRC, property valuations for Probate are required to reflect a ‘realistic selling price’ on the open market at the time the owner died. The valuation must be able to withstand scrutiny should its accuracy be called into question, whether by an Executor, a beneficiary of the estate or the HMRC themselves.

Even if the estate is not liable to pay Inheritance Tax, an accurate valuation will help the individual administering the estate fulfil their duty of care and also give them a report to fall back on in the event of questions from other parties involved in the process.

If you are unsure if the estate is liable to pay IHT, you can find out more on the government website:

How we value property

To provide our recommendations we thoroughly research the local area; data and a scan of comparable properties that have been marketed and sold recently. We then detail these properties in our report along with other important factors that impact the value to provide a thorough and detailed explanation as to how we have arrived at our valuation.

Once our report is completed, we will return the report to you and the property valuation specialist that completed the report will be on hand to explain the report in full to you and answer any questions you may have.

There is no obligation to use any of other services and the team will happily revisit the report with you later in the estate administration process should further questions arise.

Some of the benefits of using us to value probate property

Which valuation report is right for me?

The first step is to deduce what kind of report is required; in some instances, our Property Valuation Report (Desktop) may suffice, in more complex cases, for example a larger property consisting of multiple buildings and land, our Property Valuation Report (Full)  will be more appropriate.

Whichever report you decide is required your report will contain recommendations on what we believe to be the market value of the property.

Property Valuation Report (Desktop)
Property Valuation Report (Full)
Summarised report containing the opinion of experienced valuation specialist Contains valuations from multiple local estate agents
Not recommended for estates where Inheritance Tax (IHT) is liable Summary from an experienced valuation specialist
  Recommended for estate where Inheritance tax (IHT) is liable

Some of the benefits of using us to value probate property

  • Clear, concise and easy to use report
  • Clealry evidenced value value of the property
  • In an easy-to-read, easy-to-use format
  • In situations where negotiations with HMRC are required, we handle these on your behalf
  • A single flat fee
  • Quick – reports turned around within 1 working day
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Do you need to value probate property?

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, as long as we can gain access to the property, we can take care of this for you.
It depends on the report required. We can supply a desktop report the next working day and for Property Valuation Appraisal reports, we will supply the report on the following working day of the last valuation taking place.
No, we can ask local property professional professionals to visit the property and add this information to the Desktop Report already supplied to upgrade the report to our Property Valuation Appraisal.
A local estate agent will carry out market appraisal of the property which in most instances is a price intended to market the property at instead a valuation, which can lead to an inflated price and not offer a true reflection on the value of the property.