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Preparing for Your First Property Valuation: A Checklist

Stepping into the property market in New South Wales? Whether you’re considering selling, buying, or simply updating your records, getting a professional property valuation is an essential part of the journey. It provides an accurate measure of a property’s worth in the current market, ensuring you make well-informed decisions.

Navigating this process for the first time might feel a bit daunting. But with the right preparation, it can be a seamless experience. Here’s a comprehensive property valuation checklist to guide you through.

Understand the Valuation Purpose

Why are you getting a valuation?

Your purpose can influence the valuation process. Are you looking to sell, refinance, settle a legal dispute, or simply curious about your property’s current value? Clarifying this will help you understand the kind of information and documentation your valuer might need.

Gather Essential Documents

Property Title and Plan

This confirms ownership and gives a clear picture of the property’s dimensions. It might also highlight any easements or encumbrances on the land.

Recent Council Rates Notice

This provides an understanding of local council valuations and charges, which can sometimes influence property value.

Prepare the Property

General Clean-Up

First impressions count, even in valuations. Ensure the property looks presentable. Clean up the garden, mow the lawn, and ensure interiors are tidy.

Complete Pending Repairs

Fix those leaky taps or broken tiles. While they might seem minor, they can affect the property’s overall condition and, subsequently, its valuation.

Provide Access to All Areas

Ensure the valuer can access every part of the property, including the garage, attic, or any locked rooms. A comprehensive assessment is crucial for an accurate valuation.

  • Recent Renovations or Improvements
  • Local Market Knowledge
  • Future Infrastructure Developments
  • Zoning Regulations and Changes

If you’ve recently made improvements to the property, let the valuer know. Similarly, if you’re aware of any upcoming infrastructure developments nearby or zoning changes, this information can influence property value. Your intimate understanding of the local market can provide additional context to the valuer.

Ask Questions

Engage with the Valuer

Don’t hesitate to ask questions or seek clarity about the valuation process, how they will determine value, and any factors they consider. Engaging in a dialogue can provide peace of mind and ensure transparency.

Feedback and Report

Post-assessment, the valuer will provide a detailed report. Review it carefully and discuss any concerns or queries. This ensures you fully understand the assessment and can make informed decisions moving forward.

By following this property valuation checklist and adequately preparing for valuation, you can ensure a smooth NSW property assessment process. Whether you’re a seasoned property investor or taking your first steps, preparation is key to understanding and leveraging your property’s true value.