If you’re thinking of selling your home, one of the first things you’ll want to find out is how much your property is worth. With so many online property valuation tools, it can be easy to get quickly excited if it’s proposing that your home is worth more than you initially thought. Discover some of the pros and cons of using online valuation tools.
The internet contains a wealth of information for both buyers and sellers, so it is worth taking your time and doing your research, so that you’re not disappointed further down the line.
Pros of online valuations
When beginning your selling journey, online valuation tools can be a great starting point when looking to find your homes market value. Most online valuations are free and you can input the data about your home at a time that suits you, without even having to pick up the phone to speak to someone, or having to leave the comfort of your home. These valuations should however only be used as a ‘guide’ at the outset, to enable you to help guess how much you may be able to afford to spend on a new property. An estate agent will be able to give you a better idea of how much the property you’re looking to sell is likely worth and will also have knowledge of how much other properties in your area have recently sold for, similar to yours.
They can also be a good reference tool for buyers as they’ll be able to be able to view house sold prices of similar properties in the area which they are interested in buying and compare them with properties that are currently on the market.
Cons of online valuations
Website valuation tools calculate the figures based on a different set of formula so each valuation will vary slightly. For this reason, they should only be used as a guide to give you an idea of your homes currently market value. Hiring a professional who has local knowledge will be able to give you a far more accurate valuation.
It’s also important to remember that the figures these online valuation tools are automatically generated using historic sale information and therefore won’t take into consideration if any substantial work had been carried out at the property to add value since the last recorded sale price, which may affect the potential market value. If there is a significant range of types and designs of properties within the same area, this can also affect the valuation provided. There are so many ‘real life’ variables that an auto generated tool cannot take into consideration.
Online valuation tools vs a professional valuer
When carrying out a property valuation, a qualified RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), chartered surveyor will apply their expertise and knowledge of the local area and current property market. They will take into account all the factors which an automated platform can’t, providing you with a far more reliable valuation.
In summary, online valuation tools can be great as a starting point to give you a guide price when at the start of your journey and want to know how much you may be able to use from the sale of your property to put towards your new home. As results vary so much from website to website, don’t solely rely on the first valuation you do and you need to use a professional valuer for the purposes of putting your home on the market and for mortgage/lending purposes if you are looking to buy.
Always listen to the professional advice of a surveyor or a valuer from a local estate agent as this is likely to be a more realistic property value. Your home also may also take longer to sell if your asking price is too high or are unwilling to negotiate.
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Andrew MacKenzie is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience within the Scottish Property market. He specialises in all types of residential valuations including Home Reports, Private Valuation reports and Development Appraisals.
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