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Terms of Business and Engagement

As part of our instruction we would typically inspect the physical features of the land and buildings and undertake the perusal of relevant documents. Field notes such as a floor plan sketch of the main buildings, attributes of the land, any unique features, condition of buildings and other features and attributes are recorded together with photographs.

The most important aspect is the analysis of market  comparisons, relevant sales, and market trends. This information comes  from a comprehensive and continually updated database. Consideration will be given to issues such as  zoning, title detail, locational aspects, leasing documentation,  a range of compliance issues, current and potential use and functionality. Once these factors are carefully identified it is a matter of seeing where the property fits within the market.

A written report will be  provided along with supporting documents to meet client requirements. Such work will be in a professional manner and within the best possible time frames to suit client requirements.

A valuers  expertise  does not include a  detailed structural survey but I would expect to be able to  identify potential areas of risk and advise on what course of action to take in  relation to  construction or structural issues,. We advise clients to take separate professional advice on these matters and any other relevant area such as taxation, finance, legal, town planning and surveying. We recommend a  Land Information Memorandum (LIM) be obtained from the local authority.

We provide valuation services on the assumption the client has provided all information and other facts that may affect the valuation and accordingly we accept no liability in respect of the valuation where full disclosure has not been made.

No reference or any part of a valuation report is to be included in any document, circular, electronic media or statement intended for publishing unless written approval is obtained.

Scope of Work

As part of our market value assessment of your premise, we may require in order to commence the assessment relevant information from you such as  lease documents,  insurance premiums, a building maintenance schedule, and a copy of the current warrant of fitness (if any). We will contact you identifying what is required. We will also arrange a suitable time to carry out our site inspection.

Fees and Program

When we provide an estimate of our fee for the work, it is inclusive of  all disbursements, (unless informed otherwise). All commercial work is quoted on and exclusive of GST basis. All residential work is quoted on and inclusive of GST basis. In the event that unforeseen complications arise, necessitating additional time and resources to complete the service we will contact you to discuss this.

We anticipate completing the work in a timely manner. It is important that work with a critical time requirement is identified at the time of instruction.

Terms of engagement information to clients

Obligations of the Valuer

(“The Firm”) undertakes to perform the services using reasonable skill, care and diligence subject to any financial, physical, time or other restraints imposed by the Client or necessarily resulting from the nature of the project.

Obligations of the Client

The Client shall provide to (the Firm), free of cost, as soon as practicable following request, all information which is within the Client’s power to obtain.

The client must co-operate with (the Firm) and not obstruct the proper performance of the Services, including allowing (the Firm) reasonable access to the site and other locations associated with the Service.
As soon as the Client becomes aware of anything that will materially affect the scope or timing of the Service, the Client must inform (the Firm) in writing.

Payment

All fee estimates supplied to the Client by (the Firm) will be provided based on the request by the Client for work to be carried out.

(The Firm) may charge the Client, generally by way of monthly progress claims, on the agreed fee basis, or if no basis of charging has been agreed, (the Firm) may charge the Client the fee on completion of the work. (The Firm) may also render interim fee accounts.

The Client shall pay the invoiced amounts in full not later than the 20th day of the month following the month in which a tax invoice for the Service is rendered to the Client by (the Firm). If any account is in dispute, payment maybe withheld provided the matter is brought to (the Firm’s) attention within 14 days from receipt of the  original invoice.  A letter of explanation setting out the particulars of this dispute shall be sent to (the Firm) within 14 days of  receipt of the first invoice. If agreement between the Parties cannot be reached, the dispute can proceed to the Disputes Tribunal.

Debt recovery costs can be added to unpaid accounts.

Liability and Insurance

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this agreement the liability of this firm for damages or losses (in contract or otherwise, including negligence) in any way connected with the service or project is the lesser of five times the value of the fees or $100,000. In addition liability is restricted to direct loss or damage.

In preparing the report, the Firm shall exercise the degree of skill, care and diligence normally expected of a competent professional. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure the accuracy of the opinions, information and forecasts expressed in the report, no liability is accepted for any incorrect statement, information or forecast within.

The report will be provided solely for the use of the client named on the report. (The Firm) does not accept responsibility to any other party.

The firm has not and will not during the term of this Agreement or at any time after it, assume any obligation as the Client’s Agent or otherwise which may be imposed upon the Client from time to time pursuant to the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (“the Act”) arising out of the engagement. The Consultant and the Client agree that, for the purpose of the Act, the Consultant will not be the person who controls the place of work in terms of the Act.

Copyright of Documents

(The Firm) shall retain copyright of all documents it has prepared. The Client shall be entitled to use them or copy them for the purposes of the project. The ownership of data and factual information collected by (the Firm) and paid for by the Client, shall, after payment by the Client lie with the Client. The Client shall have no right to use any of the documents where any or all of the fees and expenses payable to (the Firm) have not been paid in accordance with this agreement.

Consumers Guarantees Act

If the Client is obtaining the Service for business purposes the provisions of the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 are excluded in relation to that service. If the Client is not obtaining the Services for business purposes then to the extent that any provision in this agreement is inconsistent with the Consumers Guarantees Act, the provisions of the Act will prevail.

Force Majeure

Neither (the Firm) nor the Client will be liable for any act, omission or failure under this agreement (except failure to meet an obligation to pay money) if that act, omission or failure arises directly from a force majeure event (being circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the party concerned, including, without limitation, extreme weather conditions, civil disruption or industry wide industrial action).

Acceptance

Your continued instructions/involvement with us to provide the property advice/assessments will constitute your acceptance of these terms. If you do not accept the application of any of these terms you need to contact me.

If we can be of any further assistance please contact us on 03 456 36 12.