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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.

Upgrading ProVal XL to LS FAQ

Do I have to upgrade?

ProVal XL will continue to be supported, so there is no absolute requirement to upgrade if you are satisfied with the application in this format. To assist you in deciding whether you would like to upgrade, a webinar demonstration can be given. In addition, you can request a trial.

Can existing appraisals be imported into ProVal LS?

Yes. The results however will not be exactly the same. ProVal LS uses different methodology in some appraisal areas and not all ProVal XL data can be mapped into ProVal LS.

Will the licensing arrangements change?

Some users on old versions of the SDS ProVal licence and support agreements will need to enter into new agreements. For most customers, a variation letter to amend the existing agreements is all that is required.

In addition, Read-Only licences are available.

Will it cost more?

A supply charge will apply from 1st February 2013 and your annual support charge may increase. ProVal LS mostly replaces all the existing ProVal XL modules, so you will gain considerably from the upgrade.

In addition to any charges for supply and support, training will be required. Training guidance for administrators and end users is given on our website.

Will I have to purchase new hardware?

A user’s experience of ProVal LS will be affected by the network speed and server performance, so your hardware may need upgrading. We will ask you to undertake a test to see how well your system performs and we will also invite you to take a trial of the application before purchasing. Technical details are available on request and on our website.

Are all current features in ProVal XL included in ProVal LS?

No. Some sensitivity options in ProVal XL have still to be included. These are planned along with further enhancements in 2013. The detailed staffing and revenue budget in the Supported Housing module of ProVal XL is not included and there are no plans to do so.

Can I import appraisals into SDS Sequel?

Yes. And in due course the more detailed data available in ProVal LS will enable us to offer improved features in Sequel.

Is it easy to install?

Yes the client software is easy and straight forward to install. Please refer to our installation document on the download site.

Can I export ProVal LS data into MS Excel?

Yes. The whole appraisal can be exported into an XML format and imported into Excel. However, the formatting of the data will need attention. There is also a facility to export selected data.

Can I write my own reports?

Yes. Apart from the standard appraisal reports and charts, a report writer is supplied with the application so that you can design customised reports. As some expertise in writing reports is necessary, you may prefer to request us to write the report for you.

Can I do mixed tenure appraisals?

Yes. Any kind of tenure including outright sale and commercial can be mixed together. Viability results are provided for each unit type, each tenure type and for the scheme as whole. A full cost analysis for the scheme, each unit type and tenure type is also provided.

Is the number of dwelling types limited?

No. You can have an unlimited number of unit types.

Is the development cashflow period limited?

No. This will extend for whatever period your development lasts.

Can I phase schemes?

Yes. All units have their own handover dates so phasing units is easily accomplished.

Is the long term cashflow limited to 45 years?

No. It extends to 100 years.

Can I have unlimited rows of cost data?

Yes. All costs can be spread over any number of rows.

Can I control what users can do?

Yes. All inputs and other aspects of the application can be restricted by security permissions to suit your organisation. Permissions are defined by ‘job role’.

Can unit type data be set by default?

Yes. You can create a library of unit types where all costs and attributes are set by default. These can then be dragged into the appraisal. This considerably speeds up the appraisal process.

Can I consolidate appraisals?

Yes. Drag appraisals into a consolidated appraisal to see the results of all units combined.

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