What is a Red Book valuation and why is it important?

Professionals who assess the value of properties and land have to work within strict professional standards set by RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – and the publication that covers these valuation standards is known in the industry as the ‘Red Book’.

So if you’ve ever heard a surveyor talk about the Red Book, and wondered what on earth they meant, they’re referring to the best practice guidelines and rules for professional valuation services.

When would you need a Red Book valuation?

There are lots of circumstances when a Red Book valuation might be needed. Essentially, any time you need a formal valuation for tax purposes or legal proceedings, that valuation must be done by a RICS Registered Valuer, acting in line with Red Book standards.

This might include valuations for:

  • Tax planning purposes
  • Calculating probate, or Capital Gains Tax
  • Transferring assets into a SIPP pension fund
  • Properties being sold by charities (as set out in the Charities Act)
  • Divorce proceedings, or other court proceedings
  • Disputes being resolved through mediation or arbitration

A Red Book valuation can also be helpful for rent reviews and other negotiations.

What’s involved in a Red Book valuation?

In simple terms, a Red Book valuation involves a RICS Registered Valuer assessing the property and providing a formal report on the current market value of the property. To help calculate this market value, the valuer will look at three comparable properties that have recently been sold in the same or similar area.

The valuation is generally valid for three months, but it can be extended in some circumstances.

The mark of quality for your property valuation

When you work with a RICS Registered Valuer, you can be sure you’re getting a high-quality valuation that adheres to strict Red Book standards. In other words, you’re getting a professional, accurate and honest valuation – a valuation that you can trust. Think of it as a seal of approval or quality mark for your property valuation.

At Perry Hill Chartered Surveyors, our RICS Registered Valuers provide formal Red Book valuations for a range of different purposes and properties, for both residential and commercial clients. So if you need a valuation you can trust, talk to Perry Hill about our expert Red Book valuation services.

How an independent property valuation can reduce your Capital Gains Tax liability

If you’re selling a property that’s not your main home, you may have to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on the sale. But did you know that getting a professional valuation could help to reduce your CGT bill, especially if you’ve owned the property for a long time?

What is Capital Gains Tax?

CGT is the tax payable when you sell and make a profit on a property that is not your main residence. Essentially, you pay tax based on the amount you’ve gained from the sale of the property, which means CGT is usually calculated based on how much you paid for the property and how much you sold it for.

Generally speaking, CGT applies to the following:

  • Buy-to-let investment properties
  • Business premises
  • Land sales
  • Holiday homes
  • Properties purchased before April 1982
  • The gift of a property

Why get an independent valuation for CGT?

You’ll need an independent property valuation to get an accurate assessment of the property’s value, so that CGT can be calculated correctly. Because the valuation is being relied upon for tax purposes, it must be carried out by a professional member of RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, according to RICS Red Book standards. This professional valuation service ensures you get a fair valuation and don’t pay any more CGT than necessary.

The savings can be even more significant if you bought your property before April 1982. In these circumstances, known as ‘1982 valuations’, you can use the market value of the property in 1982 to calculate CGT, rather than the amount you paid for the property – which may have been a lot less than its 1982 market value.

But no matter how long you’ve owned the property, working with a professionally recognised valuer is the safest way to ensure your valuation is accurate, and that your best interests are taken into account.

Reducing your CGT liability

At Perry Hill Chartered Surveyors, our independent, RICS Registered Valuers provide valuations across London and Surrey, helping both residential and commercial clients get the best results with their CGT valuations.

We’ve found that 1982 valuations in particular have saved our clients a considerable amount of money on their CGT bill. Discover whether our expert property valuation services could help reduce your CGT liability, too.

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