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Estate valuation for probate - our services

Estate valuation for probate is one of a range of services provided by Culvertons:  maximising the value of a deceased’s estate and lessoning the burden placed on solicitors and executors.

Culvertons value antiques, fine art and general items; undertake and organise their restoration, transportation, disposal and clearance. Our services are affordable, dependable and carried out by our team of dedicated experts in accordance with our strict code of conduct, environmental policy and with the upmost care and professionalism.

Help and guidance is always on hand; often straight forward valuations can be met in a cost and time effective manner by a visit to our contact page.

Culvertons offer their services to representatives of estates throughout central & southern England: principally in Surrey, Sussex, Kent & Hampshire, including London.

Our fees

For moveable items (chattels) with a value of up to  £10,000 within an estate, our standard fee for a probate valuation is £230 (no vat to be paid).

For a valuation exceeding £10,000 our standard fees increase by 1 % of the excess.

Services included within our standard fee

The following services to executors, administrators and solicitors are also included within our standard fee, if required:

1. Answering questions and supplying knowledge on items of interest within the estate.

2. Identifying items suitable for selling through auction.

  • Providing advice as to which saleroom items should be entered.
  • Entering these items, as required, to the saleroom, all receipts in the name of the executors, with Culvertons acting as agent only.
  • Supplying information on the saleroom commission rates, charges and procedure.
  • Securing trade commission rates for the items if sold through certain leading salerooms with which Culvertons has built a close working relationship with.
  • Obtaining competitive rates for the transportation of items to auction (small items will be transported free of charge wherever possible by a member of Culvertons’ staff).

3. On request, giving advice and arranging the sale of individual items by private treaty, if considered, after due discussion, to be financially beneficial or more convenient to the administration of the estate.

4. Arranging the clearance of residual items from the estate by a professional, considerate and competitive clearance company which will :

  • Recycle, where possible, appropriate items from this residue.
  • Undertake the donation of any items to charity at the executor’s / solicitor’s request.
  • Organise the enviromental cleaning of the property, if required.

5. Engaging experienced restorers, upholsterers and conservators, all known to Culvertons, to work on any items within the estate identified by mutual agreement as likely to benefit from this revitalisation, either prior to sale by auction or for the greater enjoyment of the item by those who have inherited it.

The arrangement of these services is within Culvertons’ fee; the execution of these services will of course attract a charge levied upon the estate after prior quotation.

Culvertons’ own fully comprehensive insurance cover safeguards all items whilst under its physical control or when those items are being transported; it also covers any item when in the hands of Culvertons’ restorers / conservators or when at auction awaiting sale.


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