Robert Murray Stamp
The vast majority of valuations we carry out are free. These
are where people arrange to bring their stamps, covers,
collections, or accumulations in to our shop
for us to have a quick look. It is strongly recommended that an
appointment is made (tel. 0131 552 1220, Thursdays and Fridays
are preferred), although this can sometimes be done there and then. [Why you should make an appointment - see
below.] It provides the client with an indication of
their property's value, as well as some idea as to how it could
be sold, whether we would be interested in buying it ourselves,
or it might be best sold through auction, and so on. In the
first instance, depending on the type and quantity of material,
such a valuation would probably be only approximate, and would
not be written, but in most cases it satisfies the initial
Should an offer be required for us to buy, or if an
approximation is required of the likely price in auction, then
no charge is normally raised.
If a written valuation is needed (the commonest reasons for
this are for the winding-up of an estate, or for insurance,
although many other reasons occur) then we would provide a
printed valuation, and a fee would be raised (see below). Our
valuations are accepted by lawyers, insurance companies, courts
of law, Customs & Excise, and the Inland Revenue. If you need an insurance valuation,
you are advised to check with your insurers first to find out
whether they have any special requirements.
If you have to travel any distance to visit our shop, you
should telephone beforehand. If you are unable to visit our
premises, and intend to send material to us, you must contact us in
advance. Please never send us lists, photocopies, or scans, by
post or by email, without our agreement. (See
Any visits we make away from our own premises are normally
charged according to our scale of fees below.
In the first instance, we are always happy to give general or
SCALE OF CHARGES FOR VALUATIONS
(for visits to client's homes or offices,
for written valuations for insurance or legal purposes, etc.)
Visits are charged at of £45 for the first hour, plus £35 per
hour thereafter (including travelling time), plus out-of-pocket
expenses and transport costs, all plus v.a.t.
Valuations on our own premises are charged either on the basis
of time (same rates), or occasionally on a percentage of the
value (2.5% of the first £100., 1.75% of the next £900, and
1.25% thereafter). We would confirm the basis for the fee before
starting the valuation.
>>> Virtually all initial inspections carried out at
our shop are done free. <<<
Robert Murray has been doing professional
valuations for almost forty years. His approach is realistic and
practical, and with that much experience, he can get through some
jobs very quickly while still being accurate. Simply, he can
usually provide a valuation (for example) in a couple of hours
where others might spend a whole day but be no more accurate.
Being involved in retail business, as well as being an auctioneer,
keeps him in touch with genuine and up-to-date market conditions.
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December 2015. Copyright Robert Murray.
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|Why you should make
If you make an appointment to see Mr Murray, he will not
be out, he will not be having his lunch, he will not be on
holiday, he will not be hurried as he's trying to meet a
deadline for somebody else, and you will not be stuck in a
queue of other people also wanting valuations. Please make
an appointment ! It helps us to plan our time, and
it saves you from making a wasted journey.
Please remember that if you just turn up without an
appointment, there is a fair chance that a valuation will
not be possible, and that you will have to come back
On occasion, a same-day appointment can be arranged; at
other times the diary can be full a whole month ahead. So
you should make arrangements as far in advance as