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Fair Market Valuation

The most reliable valuation you can obtain is a RICS Market Valuation.

Adhering to the RICS Red Book guidelines, our RICS Registered Valuers offer formal, regulated, and insurance-backed assessments of Market Value. Trust in their accuracy and compliance with industry standards.

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What is a market valuation?

A Market Valuation will provide a professional opinion of value for a property with respect to the prevailing market at the date of valuation. As such, the surveyor will look to objectively analyse and assess a number of factors which affect the relationship between buyers, sellers, investors and occupiers in a market in order to come to an opinion of value.

The exact basis and purpose of a valuation will dictate various assumptions and disregards that a surveyor will take into account when coming to an opinion of value, however, the generally accepted definition of Market Value from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and The International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC), is:

The estimated amount for which an asset or liability should exchange on the valuation date between a willing buyer and a willing seller in an arm’s length transaction, after proper marketing and where the parties had each acted knowledgeably, prudently and without compulsion.


A valuation is not a survey

Although the valuation will be based on objective analysis, it is important to recognise that the methodology behind it is not just a science, but an art, wherein the expertise and intuition of individual experts will play a part, hence why a Market Valuation is a professional opinion of value.

It is important to recognise that a valuation is not a survey and although a Market Valuation may provide a brief overview of the size, condition and location of the property, it is valuation focussed and will not comment further on any defects or other factors that do not materially affect the value of the property.

Choosing the right survey will help highlight any serious problems and advise you of the specific risks before you commit to the process of buying or selling a property.

Arnold & Baldwin Surveyors aims to protect your investment by de-risking the property purchase journey. Having a survey undertaken is a vital step in protecting your investment. There are 2 important reasons to have a survey carried out:

Buyers who do not get a survey face on average £5,750 in repair costs 

Surveys highlight defects that may not be obvious to an untrained eye. Some of these defects can get progressively worse over time if they are not remedied immediately after moving into a property. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) found through research that 17% of these cases ended up paying more that £12,000 on average.

Surveys can be used to renegotiate property prices 

Some defects highlighted in a psurvey can be very costly. This can be taken into consideration when renegotiating the purchase price. On the other hand, defects can be raised to the seller, and you may be able to request these issues be rectified before the purchase is complete.


  • Informed home buying: Gives you the detailed insights needed to make smart decisions when purchasing a home, ensuring you get good value for your investment.
  • Accurate home pricing: Ensures your home is valued fairly, providing peace of mind whether you're selling or refinancing.
  • Easier mortgage processing: Supports mortgage applications by providing lenders with a reliable valuation of your property, speeding up the approval process.
  • Correct property tax: Assists in accurate property tax assessments, helping you avoid overpaying and facilitating appeals if your home is valued incorrectly.
  • Appropriate Insurance Coverage: Guarantees you're not underinsured or overpaying on premiums by aligning your home's insurance value with its market value.
  • Support in legal situations: Offers critical valuation support in personal matters such as marital separations or estate settlements, ensuring fairness and clarity.
  • Confidence in estate planning: Provides essential data for estate planning, helping to ensure your assets are accurately recorded and managed for future generations.
  • Enhanced investment choices: Identifies potentially undervalued homes or those with high appreciation potential, making your investment decisions more strategic.
  • Regulatory compliance: Ensures you meet all legal requirements for home valuations, protecting you from potential legal and financial repercussions.
  • Market trend awareness: Helps you understand local housing market trends, guiding your decisions on when to buy or sell based on market conditions.


“Absolutely amazing job on HomeBuyers report and valuation done by Tom. He also went extra mile in communicating his observations and recommendations on the property, as well as following up on the further questions we had.”

Alexei Belbas

“All new to this process as a first time buyer. I opted for a level 3 building survey with valuation. My surveyor was Sam, was very detailed and covered everything including making note of up and coming works to be done on a near by road to ensure I was aware and how this could potential affect me living there. There was quite a lot I didn’t understand but he was on hand to answer my questions and give me clarity.”

Josephine Kibuka

“Was able to book a survey and valuation within 8 days and got the report 2 days later. The surveyor noticed a couple of minor issues that I hadn't seen myself. Nathanael gave me a call after the survey and I really appreciated his suggestions. He was very knowledgeable in terms of the windows and roof, which are quite important in our Grade II listed property.”

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