How to Prepare Property for a Valuation

Getting a valuation is an important step towards selling a property. It gives the owner the opportunity to understand their property’s value in the current market and what overall price they can expect to sell for, so is typically one the first stages of selling a home.

However, property valuations aren’t always reliable. Some estate agents give generous valuations in hopes of securing your services, while a property could possibly be undervalued if not properly prepared prior to the valuation process.

To maximise the selling price of your home, check out some of these tips for how to prepare a property for a valuation – it could make a huge difference!

Make Everything Clean and Presentable

This sounds too obvious to work but is surprisingly effective when it comes to property valuations – clean everything to make the property more presentable!

This means a deep clean of all furniture, appliances, and surfaces, while throwing out anything that could clutter a space. Too much mess often detracts from a room, serving as a big distraction that could end up lowering the valuation.

This extends to the outdoor space too – take the time to clean (and even paint) the front door to improve kerb appeal, make the most of a garden space, and consider giving the walls, windows, and other exterior fittings a clean too!

Talk Them Through Recent Work Done to the Property

Be honest when an estate agent asks what improvements have been made to a property since you lived there.

If you’ve just done some redecorating then let them know, but if there has been a new kitchen or bathroom, extensions, or any structural work, be sure to let them know the costs for each renovation.

Of course, always make sure renovations are completed before trying to sell, otherwise they may detract from the value rather than adding to it.

Complete Repairs Beforehand

As mentioned, any defects around the property could lower the overall value so you want to identify and repair these before getting a valuation.

Go throughout your home looking for defects major and minor, including:

  • Paintwork and décor
  • Cracks and water damage
  • Doors and windows that jam or squeak
  • Damaged window panes
  • Guttering
  • Broken tiles, loose floorboards, damaged/stained carpets
  • Dripping taps and showerheads

While these repairs may initially require an investment to fix, most are easy enough to complete on a budget and will help to keep the valuation higher than it would without fixing anything. It may even pay for itself after selling the property!

Talk Them Through Less Visible Features

Not all selling points are obvious at first glance, which is why it’s a good idea to write down a list of features that may be overlooked. This could be something noteworthy like solar panels or a ground source heat pump or something simpler yet worth mentioning – anything that the agent may want to consider when providing a valuation