Probate Valuations

Inheritance Tax (Probate) Valuations

Probate valuations are provided at an ‘open market’ basis in accordance with Section 160 of the Inheritance Tax Act of 1984, with items over the £500 threshold listed individually and the remainder placed into more general ‘global’ listings. Where required, we are happy to assist with the identification of specific bequests.

Following your initial enquiry, details about the appointment will be taken and, if necessary, a valuer will call you back to discuss your requirements. One of our valuers will be booked to attend your property to value either selected items or the complete house contents, as instructed.

A fully researched typed valuation will be produced (with illustrations if requested) and sent to you within two weeks of the date of the appointment.

Extra copies for co-executors can be provided at no extra cost.

Insurance Valuations

From paintings and ceramics to jewellery and collectables, we understand the importance of protecting your most valuable possessions. Hutchinson Scott offers a range of services to help you value your assets so they can be insured safely and accurately.

Your insurance company may recommend that you have a professional valuation, or perhaps you would like a list of the items in your home to guide you when looking to renew an insurance policy. These valuations can be produced in various formats:

Selected Valuation: a list of items whose replacement values are over a certain amount, for example, £500. Normally this is antique furniture, silver, jewellery, clocks, watches, paintings, works of art, ceramics and glass, etc.

Full Valuation: the complete contents of the property are listed as above, but this will also include an allowance per room for household furniture, carpets and curtains, books and if required electrical items, clothing, garden machinery and more.

Two copies of the bound documents (with illustrations if requested) will be sent by recorded delivery.

Family Division and Willing Buyer/Willing Seller

Valuations for more specific purposes to aid the division of an estate between beneficiaries can be tailored to fit your requirements.


£150* for each valuer for the first hour and £120* per hour thereafter (£150 minimum charge).

*All charges are subject to VAT at the current rate (presently 20%).

An additional charge for travel and research may be necessary depending on the time and distance taken to reach the property and the nature of the items to be appraised.

These charges may be reduced or waived subject to consignment for sale of some or all of the items.

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