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  • Two women are sitting in armchairs, talking.

    For house sales, the valuer may be the seller's first point of contact with the estate agency.

  • A woman is measuring the width of a room, using a tape-measure.

    The valuer takes measurements from each room and makes notes.

  • A woman is sitting at a desk, in a small office.  She is writing in a notebook.

    There is a lot of paperwork to be done. As well as notes of appointments, a report of each visit has to be written up.

  • A woman is sitting at a desk, in a small office.  She is speaking on a telephone, and writing in a notepad.

    This valuer works for an estate agency. She uses the phone to make appointments to visit properties that people want to sell.

  • A woman is standing in a living room, taking photographs.

    Taking photographs of the inside of the property. Photos are also taken outside.

  • Valuer

Valuer

Introduction

Valuers assess the value of buildings, land or other goods such as machinery and works of art. They may work for one of a variety of organisations including estate agencies, the Civil Service or local government.

Also known as

  • Estimator - Property
  • Surveyor, Valuer
  • General Practice Surveyor
  • Valuation Surveyor

Work Activities

As a Valuer, you will assess the worth of buildings, land and a wide range of goods such as plant, machinery, chattels and works of art.

The reason for the valuation, and your exact duties will depend on your employer. For example, estate agencies employ Valuers to assess property for sale, rental or mortgage valuation.

Valuations are used to work out taxes that need to be paid on properties and the price of property or land when it is sold or bought. Valuers also advise HM Revenue and Customs and other government departments on taxation and valuation matters.

As a Valuer, you may also assess the rental value of commercial and industrial property such as offices, shopping centres and factories. You'll assess new properties and reassess existing ones after they've been altered or improved.

You might specialise in plant and machinery or fine arts and chattels rather than in land and property. This is often for insurance purposes.

Valuation is often combined with other roles such as estate management or agricultural surveying and auctioning. Fine arts and chattels valuation in particular is often combined with auctioning.

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Valuer, you will need to:

  • have maths and IT skills
  • be able to make accurate calculations
  • keep up to date with all the relevant laws and technology related to your area of work
  • be a well-organised person
  • have good written and verbal communication skills

You may need to travel around locally in this job, so a driving licence could be useful.

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £23,500 - £26,000
  • With experience: £28,000 - £31,500
  • Senior Valuers earn £35,000 - £40,000

Hours of work

Most work around 35-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. However, you may have early starts and late finishes, and you may need to work some weekends.

Where could I work?

Employers include estate agents, the Civil Service, local government, public bodies and organisations such as the electricity, gas and water companies.

Opportunities for Valuers occur with employers in towns and cities throughout the UK.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, on recruitment and employers' websites, and on Find a Job (www.gov.uk/jobsearch).

Social media websites, such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, are a great way to network, find vacancies and get in contact with possible employers. Make sure that your profile presents you in a professional manner that will appeal to potential employers.

Take a look at our General Information Article 'Finding Work Online'.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

Most new entrants to this career have a degree. However, some people join without degrees and train part-time or by distance learning.

To value property, you are encouraged to join a professional body such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV).

Degree subjects linked to valuation, estate management or surveying will be useful for people wishing to go into this career.

The RICS provides a list of accredited degree/diploma courses.

An Advanced Level or Degree Apprenticeship is also a great place to start.

A great way to get into this career is through an internship. Take a look at our information article 'Internships', for more details.

Training

For non-graduate entrants, as mentioned above, training will be on-the-job with part-time study.

Valuers can also work towards the qualifications offered by the IRRV.

To become a fully qualified member of the RICS, you'll need to undertake at least two years' structured learning whilst in employment. Full members of the RICS are given chartered status. This is the highest level of competence in a profession.

Work Experience

Skills gained in work areas such as property or fine arts could be useful for this career.

Progression

Experienced Valuers can move into senior roles. Some may become self-employed.

Qualifications

To start an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, or to have completed an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship.

To get onto a Degree Apprenticeship, you will usually need at least 2 A levels

For entry to a relevant degree, you'll usually need:

  • 2/3 A levels
  • GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in your A level subjects
  • a further 2/3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and maths

Other qualifications are often acceptable as alternatives to A levels, for example:

  • BTEC level 3 qualifications
  • the International Baccalaureate Diploma

However, course requirements vary, so please check college/university websites very carefully.

Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A level.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Skills/experience

Skills gained in work areas such as property or fine arts could be useful.

Late entrants can progress as technical members (AssocRICS) of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Courses

If you don't have the qualifications needed to enter your chosen degree or HND course, a college or university Access course could be the way in.

These courses are designed for people who have not followed the usual routes into higher education. No formal qualifications are usually needed, but you should check this with individual colleges.

Edinburgh Napier University offers a degree in Property Development and Valuation, by part-time study.

Numerous institutions offer relevant postgraduate qualifications in surveying and real estate management via distance learning.

Some people enter junior positions via a Surveying Advanced Level Apprenticeship.

Further Information

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Address: Englemere, Kings Ride, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7TB

Tel: 01344 630700

Email: reception@ciob.org.uk

Website: www.ciob.org.uk

Christie's Education

Address: 153 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 5BD

Tel: 020 7665 4350

Email: education@christies.com

Website: www.christieseducation.com

Sotheby's Institute of Art

Address: 30 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3EE

Tel: 020 7462 3232

Email: info@sothebysinstitute.com

Website: www.sothebysinstitute.com

Asset Skills

Facilities management, housing, property, planning, cleaning and parking

Address: 2 The Courtyard, 48 New North Road, Exeter EX4 4EP

Tel: 0800 0567160

Email: info@assetskills.org

Website: www.assetskills.org

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Address: RICS HQ, Parliament Square, London SW1P 3AD

Tel: 0870 3331600

Email: contactrics@rics.org

Website: www.rics.org

Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE)

Address: Birmingham City University, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2SU

Tel: 0121 3315174

Email: abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk

Website: www.abbeqa.co.uk

Skills Development Scotland

Scottish enquiries

Address: Bank Street, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2BB

Tel: 0844 8731018 or 01887 829171

Email: scotland@assetskills.org

Website: www.assetskills.org

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Scotland

Scottish enquiries

Address: 9 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7DN

Tel: 0131 2257078

Email: scotland@rics.org

Website: www.rics.org

Find Your Way

Publisher: Asset Skills

Tel: 0845 6782888

Email: findyourway@assetskills.org

Website: www.findyourway.co.uk

University College of Estate Management (UCEM)

Address: Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AW

Tel: 0800 0199697

Email: courses@cem.ac.uk

Website: www.cem.ac.uk

Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV)

Address: 5th Floor, Northumberland House, 303-306 High Holborn, London WC1V 7JZ

Tel: 020 7831 3505

Email: enquiries@irrv.org.uk

Website: www.irrv.net

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

People Exchange Cymru (PEC)

Public sector recruitment portal for Wales

Email: peopleexchangecymru@gov.wales

Website: www.peopleexchangecymru.org.uk/home

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