How Much Is My House Worth: What Goes into Property Valuation

Are you ready to sell or considering selling your home? A major factor that may impact your decision is the current valuation of your property. Valuation isn’t the price you want to sell, but rather how much a potential buyer would be willing to pay. Think of it as a ‘market price’ for the asset you are putting on the market.

So what factors drive this market value? When an estate agent or appraiser does an inspection, what do they look at to value your house? Let’s take a look at how property features and market conditions affect property valuation.

Features of Your Property


The geographical positioning of a property remains one of the most influential factors impacting its market value. In Lanarkshire, various micro-locations within the region hold different levels of desirability. Proximity to city centres or areas of employment, schools, public transportation and ease of access to major thoroughfares can substantially elevate a property’s worth. Additionally, factors like scenic views or historical significance can add premium value to homes.

Size and Layout

Homes with spacious, functional layouts and well-utilised space tend to attract more buyers, thus potentially commanding higher prices. Factors such as the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and overall square footage are key considerations influencing the valuation process. Additionally, open-plan designs, ample storage, and natural light can enhance a property’s appeal and value. 

Age and Condition

Newer constructions or recently renovated homes tend to command higher prices due to their updated features, modern amenities, and reduced need for immediate maintenance or repairs. However, a well-maintained older property with historic significance or unique architectural features might also hold considerable value in the market.

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Unique Features

Properties with distinctive or unique features often stand out in the market and can influence their market value significantly. These features could range from specialised architectural designs, custom-built additions, smart home technology integration, eco-friendly attributes, or any other distinguishing aspect that sets the property apart from others in the area.


The availability of amenities near the property can substantially impact its market value as well. Swimming pools, gyms, well-maintained landscaping, community spaces, and access to exclusive services can elevate a property’s worth. The convenience and quality of these amenities often contribute to a property’s attractiveness and eventual selling price.

Local Market Factors

Recent Comparable Sales

The sale prices of similar properties in the vicinity serve as benchmarks for estimating the market value. These comparable properties should share similar characteristics to your property, such as size, location, condition, and age. And of course the sale must have occurred not too long ago. Analysing recent sales data of similar properties provides insight into the realistic and achievable price if you list your property on the market. 

Supply and Demand Trends

Understanding the current inventory of available properties and the demand for housing in a particular area influences pricing dynamics. For example if there is a trend of young families moving into a particular village for work and schooling needs, then we can reasonably expect starter homes to be in more demand in the area. If you know that there aren’t a lot of available such properties, whether three bed flats or smaller terraced homes, then it’s likely that such types of properties will be more valuable on the market.

General Economic Conditions

Interest Rates

Fluctuations in interest rates affect the affordability of mortgages, and this directly impacts the purchasing power of potential buyers. Lower interest rates make purchasing property more affordable, stimulate demand and, consequently result in higher property values.

Economic Outlook

Broader economic factors, including employment rates, GDP growth, and consumer confidence, shape the real estate market. A robust economy often leads to increased property values.

How Accurate are Purely Online Valuations for the All-Important Question: How Much Is My House Worth?

A number of factors need to be taken into account to come up with a realistic and fair valuation. It is not enough to use publicly available information about recently sold houses in the vicinity. One would need a good understanding of the local market, comparable properties and their sales trends, available supply and how it all plays together with broader economic factors. A personal inspection or site visit is key to appreciating the property-specific features that could add to or reduce its market price.

So it’s best to go to an expert who has access to this information, and the experience and insight to arrive at a reasonable valuation accounting for all this data for your property.

After all, setting a price that’s too high could result in no one making an offer on your home, and you would eventually have to reduce the price. This could negatively impact potential buyers’ view of your property. If you set a price that’s too low, you will miss out on the maximum value that you could have achieved with the property sale.

Kirkland Estate Agents are local experts in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire. We have helped over 400 clients sell their home at their ideal prices and time scale since 2020. We believe in taking a personal and honest approach to helping you sell your property – and that includes providing accurate and reliable valuations that make sense in the current markets.

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