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Tips to get a good valuation for your home

When you decide to sell your home, it is only natural to want the highest possible price, especially if you have carried out a lot of work on it over the years. The first step to putting your home on the market is to engage the services of an estate agent, who will call round to value your property.

Although there are some basic steps which you can take to increase the kerb appeal of your home and the value, like some basic decoration and de-cluttering, there are other things you can do to ensure the best possible price for your home.

Welcome the estate agent personally, and show them around your home, pointing out work which you have done. Include any structural work, window replacement, work on the roof, to demonstrate that you have cared for the property.

Prior to the estate agent’s visit, try to find out as much as you can about the selling prices for other homes in your street and neighbourhood. Tell the estate agent about the other properties, and what they have sold for.

If you have had a favourable valuation from another estate agent, make sure the current agent knows about it. However, don’t be tempted to exaggerate, as they will carry out checks.

Once you have a valuation, you will be in a position to speak to a CeMAP mortgage adviser to get a rough idea of the amount you will be able to apply for.

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