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Understanding house valuations

House valuations play a crucial role in the property market, giving homeowners the fair market value of their property so the best sale can be agreed with interested buyers. William Thornton, Head of Residential Agency at youngsRPS explains why understanding the process and the factors influencing property prices is essential when making an informed decision on price.

A house valuation Is an estimation of a property’s worth based on a range of factors, both internal and external. Here are some key elements that impact property valuations:


The old real estate adage “location, location, location” holds true when it comes to house valuations. The properties situation is still one of the main driving factors around its value. A prime location with access to local amenities, good schools, public transport links all improve on a properties worth.

Property Size and Condition

The size and condition of the house are crucial in determining its value. Larger homes generally have higher valuations, while well-maintained properties attract a premium over those in need of extensive repairs. But before you make any improvements to your property, with an eye solely to enhance the sale price, make sure to get advice from your local agent on what value those improvements are likely to make before you start.

Comparable Sales

One of the most significant factors in valuing a house is looking at recent comparable sales in the area. Agents assess similar properties sold in the vicinity to gauge a fair market value for the subject property.

Market Condition

The property market is dynamic and can experience fluctuations in demand and supply. Factors such as interest rates, economic conditions, and housing market trends can influence property valuations. Presently the Northern property market remains active despite the poor mortgage market we currently are working alongside.

Unique Features and Upgrades

Specific features like smart home technology and modern heating systems can add value to a property. However, not all upgrades guarantee a one-to-one increase in valuation, so it’s essential to assess their impact carefully.

Environmental Factors

Nearby green spaces, scenic views, or being in proximity to bodies of water can positively influence house valuations.

It's Important to note that house valuations are not static and can change over time due to market conditions and other external factors. Additionally, different professionals, such as valuers and surveyors, may have varying methodologies for conducting valuations.

In conclusion, house valuations are a complex process that involves analyzing numerous factors to determine the fair market value of a property. Being aware of these factors empowers buyers and sellers to make well-informed decisions in the ever-evolving property market.

Meet Our Valuations Team

Our Residential Property Valuations Team are all seasoned professionals with a deep understanding of the ever-evolving property market.

Whether you're a homeowner looking to assess the current market value of your property or an investor seeking accurate valuations for your portfolio, we have you covered. Our dedicated experts will carry out a comprehensive market analysis to provide you with precise and reliable property valuations. With a commitment to excellence and a passion for delivering results, our Residential Property Valuations Team is your trusted partner in making informed real estate decisions.

William Thornton, Head of Residential Agency     

Left to right: William Thornton, Head of Residential Agency and Cheryl Scott, Valuations, from our Hexham office.

Fiona Roe, Sales and Lettings Manager/Valuer and Lynn Nixon, Branch Manager and Valuer from our Northallerton office.

You can speak to the team about your property needs by contacting:


Telephone 01434 608 980 or emailing hexham@youngsrps.com


Telephone 01609 773 004 or emailing northallerton@youngsrps.com

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