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What is the purpose of a Desktop valuation?
A desktop valuation (also known as desktop appraisal) is a valuation
performed without a physical inspection of a property. It will generally
be undertaken where a full inspection of a property cannot take place.
This may include the valuation of new-build properties and developments
where the property is not finished and the valuation is based on plans
and specifications of the finished product provided by the developer,
usually alongside a site inspection.
Essentially, this means that in qualifying circumstances, our experts are
able to arrive at a reasonable opinion of value from their desk.
A desktop valuation is not a formal valuation and will only contain a brief
description of the property to be valued which is based on photographic
evidence, computerised information and advice from the client and other
means as appropriate to establish a value.
Despite the expertise of our surveyors, a desktop valuation where the internal
order and specification of a property has not been determined will often
provide a wider range of values and subsequently a more conservative valuation.
Other valuations may allow for just an external inspection of a pre-existing
property, however, a desktop valuation is only suitable for certain properties
in qualifying circumstances. As such, it is reserved for those common and
traditional properties which the surveyor can recognise as being of a
certain type, style and arrangement.
It is not suitable in instances where too many potential variables mean the
expertise of the surveyor cannot reasonably determine the arrangement of
the property, particularly flats, larger houses, those that have been
extended, or those of non-traditional construction and uncommon design.
Professional, efficient surveyors. Get the job done
in a timely manner, had our survey back within 5 days
of inspection. All team members I spoke with (Tiffany
and Billy) were really lovely. Highly recommend. :)
I have only just started working with Stephen and he
has already demonstrated the high levels of customer
attention and dedication that this company has. The
first impression he has caused is such that made me
write this review. I have no doubt that the continuous
service will be of same level. Looking forward to
working further with Stephen. Well done!
Lease extension - I found Daniel Grove very
professional and had an excellent understanding
of all aspects relating to this transaction.
Advice was invaluable, and it was nice to come
across someone who did exactly what they said
they were going to do.
Would not hesitate in recommending the firm
and Daniel to anyone who has a lease to extend.
Amazing job and fully professional treatment.
The surveyor went above and beyond to check for
everything, when he could have easily claim lack
of access. In addition he was more than happy to
answer questions over the phone and be there to
explain the steps.
Within 48 hours I received my detailed report
from Joe Arnold which enabled me to see the
property as it was and not through rose-tinted
glasses! The report highlighted areas where
money might need to be spent and provided
guidance on questions for my solicitor -
just what I needed. Overall, the survey
enabled me to re-assess my offer and in this
respect was invaluable. Thank you for a
friendly and professional service.
100% choose this company. As first time buyers
we had a mortgage valuation which said the house
was fine. The Arnold & Baldwin survey found over
£30,000 of problems. Holes in the roof with daylight
visible, damp, woodworm, broken sash windows and poor
electrics. This company helped us renegotiate and
save a fortune.
Arnold & Baldwin came recommended and I’ve got to say they were brilliant - not just in identifying issues with the property I was looking at but in the way they kept me informed and up to date (ie picking up the phone instead of just posting / emailing communications with you). After dealing with estate agents for so long, it’s nice to have someone who is genuinely on your side.
From my initial interaction with the firm I found them to be prompt, courteous and helpful. I received a detailed Homebuyers report within a week of instructing and was given the opportunity to talk it through with the attending surveyour. Overall excellent service all round, would certainly recommend this firm.