At Austin Property Services, we are pleased to offer property valuation services, and we know what agents take on board when reviewing homes. This guide details what agents consider when valuing homes, and provides you with tips to improve the value of your home.
How well-maintained is the home?
If the home is anything less than immaculate, the house will value. Clutter, stains and problems which require repair work all lower the value of your home. Before you arrange a valuation, declutter your house, and find time to carry out the DIY jobs you don’t get around to.
If you are unable to manage these tasks or you don’t have the skills, call in an expert to ensure you present your home at its very best.
How spacious and flexible is the home?
If your home can be marketed in several ways, or it is likely to appeal to more than one buyer, the higher the value of your home. If your home has the size and potential to be classed as a family home, it will hold a higher value.
If there is an opportunity to extend the house or to make better use of the space you have, it is likely your house will hold an improved value over homes that don’t have this potential.
How many bathrooms?
The number of bathrooms in your home influences the value. If you want to add value to your home, installing an en-suite facility helps you enjoy higher value for your home.
How modern and functional is your kitchen?
The kitchen is the hub of modern family life, and your kitchen must be of a high standard. You don’t need to overhaul your kitchen, but make sure it is tidy and stylish. The addition of a few contemporary appliances has a significant impact on the value of your kitchen, and how buyers view your kitchen and home.
Are there limitations on your building?
Sometimes external factors limit what can be achieved with your building. If your home is in a conservation area or previous planning applications have been rejected, the value of your home may be affected.
As mentioned above, agents look at potential when valuing a property, and if the potential is limited, they will likely impose a lower value on the property.
What are local transport links like?
You may find it unfair external factors such as transport links influence the value of your home, but these are essential elements. If your house is close to an important hub, or travel is simple, you’ll find the value of your home improves?
Is your home in a good school catchment area?
The availability of good schools in your area is another external factor that influences the value of your home. If you’re located in an area with in-demand schools, the value of your home will be higher.
If you plan on selling your home, arrange a property valuation with Austin Property Services. We are local property market specialists, and we look forward to helping you sell your home.