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How much Is My House Worth? A Guide To A Property Valuation.


When you are selling your home the first question that pops into your mind is usually, “How much is my property worth?” This will then be the key piece of information to work out your budget for your next home and overall moving out costs. A property Valuation is a process of estimating the current market value of a property, based on how much it would usually sell for. A property valuation is normally carried out by a professional agency or by a valuer.


Having a property valuation is a vital step in selling your home. If you don’t know how much your home is worth you could be marketing your home too low which could end up with you loosing out or if you overprice your home you may struggle to sell it.




Castles Estate Agents have created the perfect guide to help you with everything you need to know about having a property valuation. If you would like more information on our valuations please visit our website today.

Why should I have a property valuation?

Having a property valuation is very important as you will get a better idea of how much your home is worth and you are then able to work out your moving budget for your next brand new home.


A property valuation will help you decide an accurate asking price based on the current value of your home. It is recommended you get three valuations so you can receive a true value of what your property is worth. There is nothing worse than finding the home of your dreams and then not being able to buy it due to having been unrealistic or unaware of the true value of your current property.

What happens during a property valuation?


You will meet the estate agent at your property at an agreed time. They will provide you with recent selling prices of properties in the surrounding area. A property valuation is likely to take around an hour as the estate agent will need to assess every part of your property. If you have had a home valuation before the estate agent may need to simply update their records which means the visit could be even shorter. Make sure you allow plenty of time for your valuation as there is no exact limit on how long the valuation will take and you may want to ask questions at the end that you may have.

How do I prepare for my valuation?

You may want to have a small spring clean and declutter which will help you maximise the space available in your property, making it look larger. Highlight the key features of your home which you believe would be an asset to a potential buyer.

You should also think very carefully about the questions you may want to ask. These questions may help you gain the key information you need to know from the valuation. It is also important to have any paperwork prepared for the valuation which will help get the estate agent up to speed. The paperwork you may need for your valuation may include rate information, building plans, maintenance charges or more.


Castles Estate Agents offer free property valuations online today which you can instantly access at the click of a button. If you would like any more information on property valuations please contact Castles Estate Agents today on 01793 611677.



What to look out for when viewing a property

Viewing and buying a home is a huge milestone in your life. This sometimes means you can become slightly distracted with the excitement of where you can put furniture and of the potential to have a fresh start, that you could miss some important things that you should consider when you are viewing a house. It is important to view your new home to its full capacity and ask as many questions as you like, this is your chance to find out whether the property is right for you. Castles Estate Agents have put together some tips which can ensure you make the most out of your viewing.


First Impressions Count

When you are viewing a property your first impression should not be overlooked. Before your viewing, it might be a good idea to do a drive by to see the property from the outside. You can get a really good feeling about the neighbourhood and what facilities are around your potential new property. You can do this in the day time, night time or both to assess different things like noise at different times of the day and traffic.

Be Thorough

Buying a new home is a big milestone in someone's life and also one of the biggest purchases of your life. No one will mind if you're having a thorough look whilst at a viewing. Check all of the cupboards, under the skin and ask to see the attic or basement too. Maybe consider taking a small torch to in case there is no lighting.

Check The Outside Of The Property


It is really important to check the outside of the property too. You need to keep a keen eye of for things like damp, peeling paint or tide marks. You should also consider asking the homeowner or estate agent how old the roof is to see if work will have to be done in the future.

Take Someone With You

You should never go to a viewing alone. Two pairs of eyes are better than one and any questions you may forget to ask could be remembered by the person you are with. It is also always sensible have someone to bounce ideas off and to get a second opinion.

Storage Space

Storage is a very valuable trait in any home but can often be overlooked. You will need to think about where you will keep towels, bedding, the hoover and other items that you won’t want out and about in your home.  

Which Way Does The House Face?


It can be difficult to tell the difference between a north and south facing home, this could sound irrelevant but in the Summer it can make a big difference. The way your home is positioned could make the difference between a home which is full of light and warmth to one that is constantly dark. Don’t be shy about taking a small compass with you or you might have one on your phone. Try and figure out which room you are more likely to spend time in during the day and discover from there if there is enough sunlight entering that room.

What Is The Area Like?

You won’t be spending all of your time in your home, you will want to enjoy the neighbourhood you are living in. It may be worth spending the day in your potential new town to discover if it has everything you would want. Ask yourself questions such as does the town have a shop, restaurants or bars? Is the public transport good? Is there a school nearby for your children? Small questions such as these will help you choose the perfect area for you and your family.


Taking photographs of a property at a viewing can sometimes help you see things later on which you overlook during a viewing.  A picture can speak a thousand words, don’t just take photos of each room as a whole. Take some detailed photos as these are the photos which could help you see potential problems later on. Please seek permission of the homeowner before taking photos.

Be Prepared

Before your viewing, it is important to write down any questions you want to ask. Once you’re in the house it can be easy to forget any questions you may have had before because of pure excitement. You should also write down any concerns you may have so that the estate agent can reassure you. You could also do a video walkthrough of the home so that you are able to see how the home flows and the rooms connect in general. Please seek permission of the homeowner before taking videos.


Castles Estate Agents



Here at Castles Estate Agents, we have supported thousands of people who are selling their properties and are able to offer expert advice and experience working in the market to help you buy a home or conduct a sale. If you are thinking about selling your home or are looking to buy your next new house please visit our website today for more information or call us on 01793 611 677.



Renting In Swindon


Swindon is a rapidly expanding and vibrant town in the south of England. Swindon is a perfect town for people who are searching to settle down, have new employment opportunities or raise a family. Swindon has a population of 209,200 people and is situated between Bristol and Reading, because of this Swindon has a high job satisfaction rating and is a happy place to live in general. If you are considering moving this year Castles Estate Agents are here to help you make the best decisions whether you are looking to rent or buy in Swindon.



Swindon is a bustling town in Wiltshire, Southwest England. Swindon is known for being one of the best value towns for renters. In a recent study, it was shown that Swindon in regards to workers monthly salary only 11.5% of it goes into paying rent. This is 50% lower than the national average in the UK.


Safety is a very important factor when renting a property. It is important that you ask your estate agents or property owners to show you any gas and electrical certificates which can mean the home has energy efficient meters, appliances, boilers and more which will save you a significant amount of money in the long run. Swindon has very low crime rates and is a very safe area to live in and raise a family. We would recommend walking around the neighbourhood to see how you feel about the area or do some or ask your estate agent for more information on the area.

Employment Rate

Swindon is very well known for its vast employment opportunities. The employment rate in Swindon is at around 80% which is exceptionally higher than in other areas in the United Kingdom. The town also has the 10th most productive workforce in Britain and the average weekly earnings are the 12th largest average wage.

Swindon is also the perfect town if you would like to commute into a bigger city while living the country life. Swindon is a very central town allowing people to be able to commute to places such as Bristol, Bath, Oxford and even Cardiff.



Swindon is such a popular town because as mentioned before you can live in the more rural outskirts whilst still working in the hustle and bustle of the town. Swindon truly is in the heart of the countryside surrounding, homes with the beauty of nature whilst still having some cultural aspects. Swindon has many parks that you can visit with family and friends. Swindon is also the home to many of the most memorial museums in the United Kingdom such as the STEAM museum of the Great British Railway. There are also many events which take place in the town at venues which include The Arts Centre and They Wyvern Theatre.


Renting in Swindon


While there is nothing wrong with trying to find a property to by yourself it is definitely more to your advantage to find an estate agent who is local to the area who can answer any questions you may have. We suggest you write down all of the questions you have before talking to your estate agents so they can have all of the information ready to help you rent the property of your dreams.

Castles Estate Agents

For advice and guidance on how to place yourself in the best position for renting a home in the area of Swindon. Get in touch with our expert advisors at Castles Estate Agents in Swindon for guidance through the entire renting process. Castles Estate Agents have years of experience helping people to find their perfect rental property. We have knowledge and expertise to make the process as smooth as possible. Contact us today through our website or call us on 01793 611 677.





Selling your home in Spring is most certainly one of the best times for homeowners. This time of year is the most popular season for selling houses! Christmas is out of the way and now the sunshine is heating up the market as people are ready to move into their new homes for the Summer season. This Spring the market is blooming with flowers and keen buyers.


If you are thinking about selling your home at this time of year Castles Estate Agents would be more than happy to list your home and benefit you as a seller. To get in touch for advice and assistance to achieve the best price for your home or for more information call 01793 611677.



A Fresh Start

When it comes to selling your property, timing really is just as important as location. Spring is a very popular time of year to sell your home. Most people who are buying a new house would like to be settled into a new home before the new school year starts in September. People buying homes in Spring, usually do this so that their family have the Summertime to settle in before getting back into the routine of school. Even if you don’t have children this time of year could be perfect for you to take time off work as it’s a lot easier because it’s not in the Summer or Christmas holidays which is when most people go abroad.


Summer is on its way which is why so many people are trying to sell their houses now. Many buyers want to catch their breath during the Summer after buying and selling a house and just have time to relax and unwind.


Spring Forward

As the clocks go forward the days become longer! This means more sunlight meaning more opportunities for buyers to go out and look for a potential house to buy, such as your own. During the Springtime you have a whole load of buyers who have done their research on what they are looking for and are financially ready to take the plunge into buying their next brand new home.


Sunnier Days

We have to admit it...everything looks better when the sun is out and about. Your garden will have flowers blooming and the sun will be shining on your home hitting it in all the right places. The sunnier days will make your home extremely attractive to buyers and allow them to imagine what it would feel like to live there themselves. Your garden, porch and greenhouse will look extremely inviting to potential buyers.


Higher Prices

As this time of year brings more buyers, this means more competition and the potential of higher prices. During Spring there are a lot more chances for bidding wars and a higher sale price for you at the end of the process. During the Springtime, these bidding wars tend to happen a lot more frequently compared to other seasons in real estate, even though all seasons can be competitive and successful. Since the prices of property can be higher, this means that there is an increased chance of maximising the value of your property.



Now more than ever millennials have started investing and show interest in getting on the housing ladder. A few years ago millennials claimed the top spot in the homebuyer rankings and have been named the most actives buyers in the country. Meaning they are out and ready to search for their very first property, away from home.

Estate Agents Swindon

For advice on selling your home this Spring, speak to our expert advisors at Castles Estate Agents in Swindon. We can guide you through the entire process. We have years of experience in helping people with buying and selling their homes. We have the knowledge and experience to help you make your selling or buying process as smooth as possible. Contact us today for more information on 01793 611677.


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