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Ten Things That Could Adversely Affect Your House Valuation

2nd August 2013

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When it comes to house valuation, it has repeatedly been shown that installing a quality conservatory, orangery or extension can help add value to your home. Our market-leading designs are a sure-fire way to bring a new addition to your home that will prove to be a definitive factor in a positive house valuation.

As selling your home can prove itself to be a life-changing decision, you need to be aware of the pitfalls that could hinder you. When the time comes to sell we thought we’d take a look at 10 common problems that could adversely affect your house valuation, and in turn, the potential of selling your property.

1. Poor Kerb Appeal

We all judge a book by its cover, so make sure your home is looking its best when you come to sell it. Give it a lick of paint, add a few plants (put them in tubs and you can take them with you), and make sure your guttering looks as smart as possible. A quick pressure wash of the driveway can also instantly improve looks, offering a crisp and clean finish for a house valuation.

2. Noisy Neighbours

If your neighbours have a habit of partying hard and blaring music out at all times of the day and night, your house valuation could well be affected. If you find this to be a problem, a UK house buying expert or professional property buying agency could be interested despite any antisocial behaviour that could be nearby.

3. Location

The location of your property could have either a positive or negative effect on your house valuation. People want different things when it comes to moving into a new home, so make sure you pick the right potential buyers who are looking for a new home that matches where your property is currently situated.

4. Chuck out the Chintz

Some people simply can't handle loud decoration no matter how hard they try. If your house is kitted out in top to toe florals, you might want to change it for the viewings. A simple palette of muted neutral tones is best when it comes to attracting a good house valuation, allowing you to widen your potential buyer demographic.

5. Developers

Your home may well be in a beautiful little village looking over an empty field, but if that field suddenly has workmen digging it up and planning a new housing estate on it, your property may well become less appealing at the time of a house valuation. If you object to a development, you can always complain to the local council who will handle your request.

6. School

Many families look to move to be in the right catchment area for a good school. If your local school gets a bad Ofsted report your home may well become much less desirable when it comes to a house valuation. Much like the location factor, people want different things when looking for a home.

7. Crime

If there's been a spate of crime in your area, it could well hamper your chances of getting a decent house valuation. Potential buyers can check out crime rates on websites such as upmystreet.co.uk so if you're concerned why not set up a local neighbourhood watch group? This way, you’ll kill two birds with one stone.

8. Poorly Fitted Extensions

If you've failed to get planning permission for certain home improvements, you'll have broken the law. When it comes to selling it will be the new owner's responsibility to rectify that. Therefore, they may well choose to go elsewhere as sorting out past problems can often prove costly. Make sure you always choose a reputable company to avoid an extension that could cost your house valuation.

9. Bad Kitchen or Bathroom

It's always the kitchen and bathroom that buyers look to first. If either of these is in a poor state, you could be looking at having thousands knocked off the price of your home when you carry out a house valuation. If you haven't got the cash to change it, try sprucing it up with paint and a good clean. A bit of resourcefulness can make a big difference when it comes to a final price.

10. Flooding

There has been a numerous of flooding over all the UK throughout the previous years. As a result, places that were once a highly desirable place to live now has to contend with flooding problems and thus a reduction in house prices. This element, understandably, could prove to be highly detrimental to your overall house valuation.

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