What to expect at your property valuation
When you decide to sell your home, one of the first proactive steps you can make is to book a valuation.
But what’s involved in a home valuation? Wards is on hand to help you through the nuts and bolts of property appraisal. From what to expect at your valuation to what happens next, we’ve got you covered.
What is a property valuation?
A property valuation is a full market appraisal of what your home is currently worth. How much your home could fetch today can be very different to how much it was worth last year. After all, the market is constantly evolving. To find out how much your home is currently worth, use our quick valuation tool – all we’ll need is your postcode. For more on what to expect at a full property valuation, keep reading…
Right, I’ve booked my property valuation. What happens next?
Once you book a valuation with Wards, we’ll be in touch to firm up the details of the appointment. You’ll be given the name of your agent along with confirmation of the time and date of their visit, all designed to fit around you.
We’ll also take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about us and the kind of service you can expect if you decide to sell with Wards.
Before the appointment, the valuer will prepare a bespoke report for you to provide evidence that backs up the price we advise, showing comparative properties in the local area.
What happens during the property valuation?
Rest assured, we make our home valuations as seamless as possible – which is why we’ll aim to give you as much time as you need. That being said, it’s usually completed within an hour and a half.
You don’t need to tidy up but to make our valuation as accurate as possible, we’d love to see every room in your property – including any outbuildings you may have. Once we’re finished, we’ll give you a full market appraisal report which will tell you what we think your home is worth and why.
We are an agent who listens to your needs so we will take some time to understand ways we can help you, from how we market your property, find a buyer who suits your personal circumstances to seeing the sale all the way through to completion. We will explain it all in friendly, jargon-free language!
What is your property valuation based on?
Like all agents, we base our valuation on lots of things, including what your neighbours’ homes have sold for, what the current market is like and, of course, how your home is presented. Although it’s important to be realistic, on average we will sell your home for over £5,000 more than the other top ten estate agents in Kent* and this will be reflected in the price that we set.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a turn-key or ready to rent property in a desirable location, it’s likely that our valuation will be at the higher end of the scale.
Of course, it’s entirely up to you what you sell your home for. However, you should pay attention to what your agent recommends. Unlike some estate agents, we’ll never over – or under – value your home. We’ll only ever base our valuation on what we think it will actually achieve on the open market.
Do I have to sell my home after the valuation?
You don’t have to commit to anything following our visit. As with all of the advice Wards provide, our valuations are completely free and without obligation. No pressure, no hard sell.
During our visit, we’d like to get to know you a little better so we can help tailor our service to what you really need. Are you looking to buy as well? If so, we can help you to find your next home and connect you with the best mortgage. Whatever it takes to help you to move forwards, we’re here to support you.
To book a home valuation, get in touch today.