Would really appreciate some advice. My friend would like to sell her house and I am seriously interested in buying it. We would like an independent valuation so that we both get a totally fair deal. Estate agents have their own agenda when they value a house so we don't want to involve them. It's an unusual house in a very rural location so can't get any comparable sales prices. It's also a big project, lots needs sorting out there but I'm not sure how much. Are there professionals for hire who would be able to give an accurate valuation?
You get a few estate agents to value it for you. They know what it is likely to sell for - not sure what you mean by having their own agenda. A property is worth what someone is prepared to pay for it.
Worth paying out for a surveyor. Esp if you're going to get a survey anyway. Alternatively get three or four estate agents valuations (ask for achievable sale price not a marketing price) and take an average.
Thanks everyone for your replies. growingboys I think estate agents might value a house 1) and give you a price you want to hear so you go with them or 2) give a lowish price if they need a quick sale. I just don't trust them to be totally impartial. So I think a surveyor is probably the way to go, I hadn't realised they actually value houses, thought they just spotted all the problems with a property!
The solicitor you plan to use for conveyancing should be able to recommend a ‘red book’ or valuation surveyor. These are the people who do valuations for probate or divorce. There are usually a couple used by local solicitors who will know the local property market well.