Valuation is considered to be the first step in the process of selling a home. While the process may appear simple and straightforward, it requires effort and careful decision-making on the part of the seller. The right valuation impacts how much the seller will get from the sale and oftentimes it also has an effect on the length of time it takes for a home to be sold.
The initial impression when getting a house valued is that it requires a fee. But there are certain ways by which you can get a free house valuation if you know where to look.
Online estate agents
Some online estate agents offer a free valuation service and it is already included in the package. Since online estate agents also charge a fixed price, you will pay significantly less than a traditional high-street estate agent. Most online estate agents now provide free in-house valuations using local experts to provide a more accurate estimate of your property’s value.
Online home valuations
You can use online valuation tools to get a general idea of how much you can expect your home to be sold for. Since online valuation tools will not be as comprehensive as the valuation service provided by a professional, it should only be used as a supplementary resource.
When you use an online valuation tool, you have to type in your postcode along with other important details such as how much you bought your home for.
Looking online for home prices in your area
Part of your research should include checking online for the current prices of homes in your area. You can look at similar properties and find out how much they are going for. There are several websites where you can get this information for free.
These websites are extremely easy to use and are especially helpful for first-time sellers who need help in estimating the value of their property. By gathering as much information as you can, you and your estate agent won’t have a difficult time making a decision about the valuation of your home.
Can you rely on free valuations to be accurate?
Free valuation services are meant to give the seller an idea of the ballpark value of the home. By using several free resources, you will have a better chance of arriving at the most realistic selling price for your property. It also gives you an idea of the housing market trends in your area which is essential information before you settle for an estate agent who will help you with the sale.
Home valuation is an important decision for anyone who is in the market to sell a home. Fortunately, with these convenient and free resources, you will have a good starting point for finding the right value for your home. Once you have completed this step of the process, you will be on your way to listing your property and eventually scheduling bookings and receiving offers.