Valuations

Our valuation service provides a confidential and professional service to solicitors, executors and trustees, as well as private clients.

Valuations for Sale

We are always pleased to provide verbal valuations FREE of charge, either at the saleroom or at your home. Customers intending to bring items to the saleroom are advised to telephone and book an appointment, to ensure a valuer is available. Alternatively, where possible, we will give an estimate of value from an emailed image or photograph.

Formal Valuations

We have an experienced team of valuers who undertake valuations for the purposes of Inheritance Tax (previously known as Probate) Insurance and Family Division.

The fee for formal written valuations is worked out as time spent with a minimum charge for such work at £150 +VAT.

Inheritance Tax (formerly Probate)

We offer a sympathetic though comprehensive service to the executor, personal representative or private individual from the initial inspection and valuation through to the clearance of the entire property (if required). It is not uncommon for a valuer to attend and give a verbal appraisal at short notice, offering advice when required, as to the various options that may be available.

We are aware that often a property, whatever it's size, needs to be cleared of its contents and the value be disbursed as quickly as possible with very few 'upfront costs' to the executors. To this end, all transport, storage (where applicable) and clearance costs will be deducted from the auction proceeds with detailed accounts of all monies relating to the estate being available at all times.

Once an estate is consigned for sale, the whole auction process will be overseen by our probate administrators, Janice Smith and Catherine Hockley, who will advise on sale dates, estimates and results and are always on hand to answer queries and give advice on any aspect of the estate.

Where security is a consideration, we can remove the more valuable items and arrange secure storage at short notice, arranging the clearance of less valuable or un-saleable items at a later date.

House Clearances

We aim to provide a prompt and comprehensive service for the clearance of houses, and by using our own removal men and transport, we can ensure confidentiality, integrity and reliability, as well as competitive rates. If you are unsure of the value of items destined for disposal it is always worth considering a visit by one of our valuers. We have rescued many items from skips and bins of behalf of the owners, some raising many thousands of pounds!

Our valuers are often praised for their thoroughness and will check through all the items and consign them to either a General Auction or Antiques Auction, whichever is appropriate, although there will be always some items which are unsuitable for sale. After clearing the house of general household waste we can arrange, if required, for the property to be cleaned.