Accurate financial appraisal of your scheme is vital to ensure best outcome whilst meeting local housing needs.


Viability by tenure, dwelling and scheme. NPV and long-term cashflow displayed instantly.


Assess land values and gross profit with minimal information.


Achieving best value is essential for your organisation. You must demonstrate continuous improvement and show how you compare with your peers.


Measure performance with online scheme reports. Annual written report indicates progress against a variety of Key Performance Indicators.


Social Housing landlords in today’s market must understand the economic value of their properties.

Stock Profiler

Analyse your entire portfolio to see which units are most valuable and which need to be considered for a change of tenure or sale.

ProVal LS Training Guidance

Training in SDS ProVal LS can be tailored to suit the organisation. Training for new supplies and upgrades for ProVal XL users is provided on-site. Training is paid at the time the supply is made.

End User courses will need to be repeated where there are more than 6 delegates.

There are four courses offered in 2 packages

  • Essential (recommended) This consists of the Administrator and an End User course plus an online Appraisal Basics Course.
  • Complete The Essential package plus a Workshop where we provide guidance as you input some live appraisals.

A projector, screen and flipchart will be required. The trainer will bring their own laptop. Customers should ensure that delegates can log in to the application from the training room beforehand.

Administrator Training

This is a one day course covering:

  • Overview and familiarisation of ProVal LS
  • Explanation of Administration settings, scheme and unit defaults
  • Help with adding users
  • Help with creating global settings and defaults
  • Help with creating the project folder tree
  • Help with setting user security & permissions

The Administrator(s) should be reasonably proficient in appraising schemes and sufficiently senior to make decisions on default values and other system settings. For this training one machine is needed with access to the application. The work completed in this training will set the scene for the way in which the end user training is delivered. Note that this course does not deliver end user training.

End-User Beginners Course

This is a hands-on course. Users will learn how to complete a basic appraisal from start to finish. NOTE: The basic appraisal is one supplied by SDS to ensure that we cover all that is required. The Administrator should attend as well. Some areas of detail are omitted in this course and covered in the Refresher/Advanced course.

End-User Refresher/Advanced Course

This one day course is provided after some experience has been gained, c. 2 months after the Beginners course.

This is a hands-on training session and provides training on additional detail and offers the opportunity to refresh aspects from the previous training. It also addresses common issues and difficulties, and provides help with interpreting results. SDS provide a choice of modules enabling the customer to choose the topics covered in this session.

Appraisal Appreciation Seminar

This is a half day course for users who are unfamiliar with assessing the financial viability of developments, this course covers:

  • What makes a scheme viable
  • Development strategy
  • The significance of the inputs
  • Understanding loan repayment methods, NPV, IRR and other measures
  • Interpreting the results
  • Applying private sector techniques to social housing

No IT equipment is needed for this. It is delivered by a Power Point presentation.

Report Writing Courses

ProVal LS is supplied with a separate report designer application. This application makes it possible for end users to write their own bespoke reports.

  • Report Designer - Introduction

The course is aimed at people who have never written a report before and covers the basics of databases, principles of report design, and understanding how to get specific report requirements from those requesting reports. SDS can also tailor more advanced report writing courses to suit your requirements.

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