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What is a RICS Valuation?

A RICS valuation refers to a professional property appraisal conducted by a chartered surveyor who is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). RICS members perform valuations in accordance with rigorous international standards, ethics, and best practices as outlined in the RICS Valuation – Global Standards, commonly referred to as the ‘Red Book’.

Compliance with Red Book standards ensures RICS valuations provide objective and reliable market valuations for a variety of purposes. A RICS valuation may be used to determine a property’s value for mortgage financing, taxation assessments, litigation, or dispute resolution. The credentials and expertise of RICS surveyors, combined with adherence to uniform procedures, make RICS valuations a trusted resource for establishing a property’s fair market value. Clients can be confident RICS valuations incorporate impartial analysis of all relevant data to arrive at an accurate valuation.

When Should You Consider a RICS Property Valuation?

Both real estate agents and lenders will typically conduct property appraisals during the sale or financing process. However, a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) valuation provides a fully independent assessment that can be useful for tax and legal purposes.

An RICS valuation is particularly beneficial if the listed price of a home you are considering exceeds the appraiser’s estimated market value. The impartial RICS report allows you to confidently make a lower offer to the seller that is supported by a credible valuation from a third party.

Similarly, financial institutions usually perform their own appraisals to ensure the collateral backs the loan amount. But an independent RICS valuation from a qualified professional gives clarity on the true market worth of the property. This can help inform any negotiations or address disputes by providing an objective data point for reference.

An RICS assessment offers transparency and peace of mind for significant real estate transactions. While not always necessary, in certain situations its added perspective makes it a worthwhile investment.

The Validity Period of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Valuations

A valuation conducted by a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) surveyor is considered valid for a standard period of three months from the date of assessment. In many instances, this initial three-month validity period may be extended for an additional three months if warranted by the circumstances. Should an extension be required, the surveyor will be expected to perform additional desktop research to re-confirm details within two weeks prior to the original expiration date of the valuation.

By structuring the valuation report with a limited period of validity, RICS aims to help ensure the conclusions and estimates provided remain appropriately aligned with market conditions proximate to the assessment date. Extensions to the initial three-month window are at the surveyor’s discretion based on their expert judgment that no material changes have impacted the underlying assumptions. This allows flexibility while still anchoring the valuation findings to analysis conducted reasonably close in time.

Costs Associated with Obtaining RICS Valuations

In 2024, the average cost of a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) valuation is approximately £290-£1,390 depending on the survey you need and the value of the property.

Valor Properties offers competitive RICS valuation services starting at just £150 plus VAT. Our experienced surveyors can adequately assess a wide range of residential and commercial properties.

A valuation may require additional analysis depending on property characteristics that could influence market value. Complex appraisals involving specialised considerations may incur higher fees. Clients are advised to discuss their unique needs with our team to develop a cost estimate.

An RICS valuation provides an objective and expert opinion of a property’s worth from a qualified surveyor. While costs vary, the investment typically supports important real estate decisions and transactions requiring an impartial market valuation.

Valor Properties is a leading provider of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) valuation services in Leeds and the surrounding West Yorkshire region. Our team of chartered surveyors have extensive experience conducting impartial and accurate valuations to assist clients with a variety of needs.

Whether you require a valuation to facilitate a real estate transaction, support ongoing legal proceedings, or address tax obligations, our RICS-compliant reports provide the reliable market data required. As full members of RICS, our surveyors are fully qualified and adhere to the organisation’s high ethical standards and valuation guidelines.

Clients trust that a valuation from Valor Properties accurately captures a property’s current market value. We leverage our in-depth local area knowledge and analytical valuation methodology to remove potential bias from the process. Contact our offices today to learn more about how our expertise and professional RICS valuations can help move your needs forward in a timely manner.

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