If you are an executor or Administrator of an estate, and need help valuing a property for probate – we can help.
We have considerable experience in guiding estates through the often difficult process of managing a house throughout the probate process – we can help with the entire process from valuing the property for you, through to the actual sale – whatever your needs let us help.
So what are the important points you need to know ?
Well, as as part of the probate process, the Executor or Administrator must complete an Inheritance Tax return this will be either a IHT 205 or IHT 400 form. These specifically request the value of a Deceased’s property at the date of death. So what are the rules on valuing a house for probate?
The house must be valued on the ‘open market value‘ at the date of the deceased’s death, the Inland Revenue stating that this represents.:-‘the proce the property might reasonably be expected to fetch if sold in the open market at that time’ – In arriving at the valuation it is important to take into account all factors in arriving at the valuation. These may include the scope for development, repairs required for the property before it can be sold, recent sales of similar properties etc.
So what is the best way to get a house valued for Inheritance Tax ? if the estate is taxable that a detailed valuation from a Chartered Surveyor should be obtained. Obtaining estimates from a few estate agents is simply not acceptable.When valuing the property a Chartered Surveyor will do so by reference to the industry recognised Red Book Guidelines
In all cases the District Valuer at the Inland Revenue will examine closely the valuation on the probate form and therefore it is very important that an accurate valuation is recorded so as to avoid the District Valuer requesting evidence in support.
If you need help ensuring a property is correctly valued for probate and inheritance tax contact us now. We help clients across the UK and provide expert advice on all aspects of probate house valuations.