Getting a Property Valuation

Buying or Selling – some tips on hiring a Property Valuer


Whether buying or selling, it’s a good idea (and required if getting a home loan) to get a good independent valuation. And strangely, not all valuers are created equally.

You are Selling

Whilst you don’t “need” a valuation, it can be difficult to decide on the optimum price to sell for. Your agent will advise a price that they believe will get you to offer the property exclusively through them. This is their first goal and they know they can change the price later.

Looking at other nearby properties for sale on a search engine may help for standard apartments but for houses with gardens etc it may be harder to judge.

Another advantage of getting a valuation is that it can help with negotiations. The Banks take the valuation to calculate the home loan so a buyer cannot negotiate too far away from the price by claiming that they only have X to pay etc.

If you ensure that the valuer that you hire is accepted by ALL banks you may be able to sell the valuation report to the eventual buyer to use when applying for their home loan.

You are Buying

If you are getting a home loan then you will definitely need a valuation.

The first rule is that you should get a valuer that is accepted by all banks. Some valuers are only accepted by some banks and not others despite having the same qualifications. Your application for a home loan will probably go to more than one bank so this is very very important.

It is unlikely that you will get a valuation on every house you view but knowing how much you can borrow will be determined by this report so it’s a little bit chicken and egg.

If you are unhappy with the valuation feel free to argue. The reports are pretty detailed but there may be some overlooked aspects that you can point out.


Costs of valuations can vary wildly depending on the property etc so it is worth shopping around. Obviously, the ones that are accepted by all banks are more expensive but at the same time, may save you money down the line.

Where to find a Valuer

The best place is through your Mortgage Advisor rather than a real estate agent. The valuation is to get a mortgage and the mortgage adviser wants you to get one so they should recommend the most suitable professional for your needs.

Don’t forget our sister site,

By using a BigDoor24 referred Mortgage Advisor you will receive cashback which could cover the costs of any valuation professional you hire.

Happy Hunting


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