If you’re thinking of selling your property, the first step is always an estate agent’s valuation. Your estate agent will be able to tell you how much your property is currently worth by fully inspecting your home on the day they visit. You’ll want to make a good impression, and make it easy for the estate agent to get around your property. This article contains a brief guide on how to prepare for your estate agent’s visit, and what to expect on the day.
Remember to clean up before your estate agent arrives. It may seem very obvious, but having a decent deep clean of your property in the run up to your valuation can make all the difference in your property photos, and the overall look of your home. The last thing you want is your estate agent clambering over any clutter to get to a part of your house they need to inspect.
Tidy your garden. The exterior of your property is just as important as the interior. If you have a front garden, this is the first thing that your estate agent sees before they enter your home, and first impressions are vital.
Do some research and have a shop around before choosing a property agent to take on the sale of your property. You can have multiple valuations, and you’re never stuck with the first agent that you meet. You should be able to search for company reviews, the sale prices of properties near you, and speak to several agents at the same company to find the one who’s right for you.
It’s a good idea to make a list of questions that you would like to ask your estate agent before they come out to your property. This will help you focus on what information you want to know from the valuation, and lets you address anything that was not covered during the meeting that you had with the company. If you’ve altered or improved any elements of the property since its purchase, let the estate agent know what they were, and how much they cost, as this could affect the overall price of your property.
Let the agent have a long look around your property. Avoid any sales pitch conversations, and let them really take in the property while casually talking about your home. Be realistic in your approach. You may not get the valuation you expect, but remember that a valuation is a process, and it’s not exact. It’s the agent’s duty to give you the best valuation they can at the time the valuation is completed.
You can expect the agent to take into account how many rooms are in your home, what they’re currently being used for, any renovations that have been done, the size of the kitchen, how many bathrooms there are, and several other things. Estate agents are constantly valuating properties, and they take into account a range of factors, which all add up to your final market price.