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How do I find out the value of my home?
October, 2017

How do I find out the value of my home?

Buying or selling a house is an emotional business. There is so much at stake: Location, schools, that gut feeling you get about a property when you walk in. However, price tends to trump everything, especially within the M25 area.

Prosperous districts such as Purley, Cheam and Croydon are in demand, boasting spacious houses and apartments, wide open spaces and great amenities all within an easy commute to the City. It pays to get the valuation right when buying or selling in this area.

You might have found the house of your dreams, but if you buy it at the wrong price you will lose out further down the line when you come to sell. The same goes for selling a property: how galling if you agree what you think is a fantastic sum for your home only to find that your neighbour sold for 10% more just a few months later.

How do estate agents determine the true value of your home?

Here are five key factors:

  1. Local area: Location is key for most people, so factors like transport links, schools, parks, restaurants and shops are always considered by agents when valuing a property.
  2. Period features: People love restored original features such as sash windows and period fireplaces. Any improvement that has been added to the home, from kitchen extensions to loft conversions, will increase the value.
  3. Views: Homes with a great view, or those located in or around rolling countryside, woodland, parks and open spaces are in demand- aesthetics do come into play when it comes to valuing a property.
  4. Potential: People are always keen to add value to a property, so if a home has the potential to be extended, that can often help boost the price. Also, if the area is due for improvements such as a new shopping centre or the Crossrail project, that can have an effect too.
  5. Family feel or ambience: A house that has been well look after, is tidy and looks loved will appeal to buyers. Often it is families, who tend to put down some roots in a property, that tend to keep houses in better shape.


Clearly, the true value of a property is only determined once it is sold. However, thanks to all the data available, including sold prices, estate agents are able to offer much more accurate valuations. Using instant valuation tools such as ours can help to give a good indication of the value of a property.

Our homes are, for most, our biggest financial investment. Yes, they are where we live, where we raise our families, where we create our happiest memories, but those four walls are also where most of our savings and years of hard work have been poured into, so it is only right that we think very carefully about price.

As one of the leading independent sales agents in Purley, Croydon, Surrey and the surrounding areas, at ShineRocks we give accurate and realistic valuations. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you, contact us today.


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