Organising the house valuation
Preparing for a house valuation can be difficult. The decision to put your house up for sale and move is probably one of the biggest you will make in your life. The process of selling you house all starts with an initial house valuation, and this is often the stage that many people hold their breath as they find out what their house is truly worth. Whilst a house valuation can sometimes compromise of factors beyond your control (e.g. the area you are selling in), there are definitely things you can do to help or present your house in a better way. In this article we look at some of these points.
When are you deciding to move? Selling in the middle of a recession or in the cold winter months probably isn’t the best idea (but that doesn’t mean to say that houses don’t sell during these times, and sell well, too!). Confidence in the market and economy can vary widely, and it is a good idea to keep this in mind and capitalise on the ‘good times’. This can affect your house valuation in a positive way.
2) Inner presentation
How your house is presented can make a very important difference to your house valuation. No one likes a house which is dirty or full of clutter as it gives off an unsavoury impression. Not only can this put off potential buyers, but it can also affect the valuer, resulting in them giving you a lower amount.
Following from the above it is a common misconception that it is just the bricks that sell a house and give it its worth. When you move, you will take all of your possessions with you; but many things will remain – the kitchen and its working area, the bathroom etc. If these are dated, heavily damaged, or unappealing in some way, your house valuation is likely to suffer. These days, it doesn’t cost much to spruce a house up where its needed and, whilst you may not like the idea of spending money, ultimately you will get this back (and probably more) in your house valuation estimate.
Many people forget the outside, but this should not be forgotten. Remember that first impressions count, and the exterior of the property will be the first thing anyone sees when viewing your house. The same is true of the person giving you the house valuation. Ensure any gardens are maintained, driveways cleared of excessive weeds and paintwork on the front of the property is attended to. All these things can make a big difference.
5) Ask questions
It is a good idea to make sure you leave yourself enough time to have the house valuation, rather than it being a quick appointment during your lunch hour. This is an important step and you’ll want to make sure you take your time. Have a list of questions you may like to ask as this can often make things much clearer.
6) Be sensible
It is perfectly natural to want the best and highest price for your house, and estate agents are well aware of this. Therefore, if you feel slightly unhappy with your house valuation quote, discuss this with the valuer – they should be able to set your mind at rest as to how they arrived at their figure. However, remember to be sensible. Theoretically, you can put your house up for sale for whatever amount you like, but a wise person will take account of the result of the valuation.
We hope that this article has provided you with some invaluable tips, and given you greater confidence when deciding to get your home valued. Good luck!