Before you list your home for sale, you’ll want to have a good idea of what it’s worth. After all, pricing is one of the most important aspects of successfully selling a home. 

While several online tools can give you an estimate of your home’s value, it’s important to understand that these estimates are just that – estimates. They’re not guaranteed prices, and shouldn’t be treated as such.

Here are a few things you should know about home value estimates:

1. A home value estimate is an estimation of what your home is currently worth on the market

2. This number is based on recent sales of similar homes in your area, as well as other factors like square footage and amenities

3. If you’re thinking about selling your home, it’s a good idea to get a professional appraisal for a more accurate number.

Have a look at what influences the home value

Local recent comparable sales

When an appraiser determines home value, one important tool that helps the appraiser assess the property’s current market value is comparable sales, also known as comps. The appraiser will choose several nearby recently sold homes that are similar to the subject property. However, there are important considerations to take into account when using this method. Location is paramount, so it’s important to compare properties within a certain distance from each other. Similarly, it’s essential to make sure that comparable have similar characteristics as far as size, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, year built and updates. 

Condition matters

Condition matters. One neighborhood and even one block can contain a wide range of homes, both in terms or size as well as bedroom/bathroom count; if your home is the oldest on its block (or not up-to date), it will likely feel outdated no matter how beautiful you keep telling yourself that everything looks fine inside–it’s just dusty! Condition also varies from house to house within any given city lot – new construction with all upgrades has much better chances at standing out against peers than old houses who might need some work done just because they’re so close together.

This is one reason why online home value calculators aren’t always accurate: They haven’t walked through your house and determined how it measures up to the other homes nearby. A home that’s been a rental for the past decade is probably going to be in a different shape than a home that’s been lovingly lived in and taken care of by the owner-occupier, who has a vested interest in making sure that repairs are made quickly and the home is kept updated. And it’s probably obvious that a home that’s been involved in a flood or a fire event is going to be worth less than a home that escaped the natural disaster. 

Size and features of the home

Size really does matter when it comes to calculating home prices, and features are equally important. Some sellers might not fully grasp why a home across the street with a similar floor plan is worth several thousand dollars more than theirs; however, there could be an easy answer like “the view” or maybe even just looking at where your subject property measurements fall within its neighborhood setting – pay close attention! You may need help finding out what buyers want in terms of pricing so don’t ignore this step without consulting qualified professionals who know how relevant location can become during times such as these.


The housing market is always changing, and many factors can affect a neighborhood’s growth. The location of public transportation and major attractions like hospitals or universities in close proximity to one another will oftentimes be positively correlated with higher property values because they offer more utility for buyers while also being aesthetically pleasing settings that attract new residents who want easy access without having their commute delayed by traffic jams on secondary streets near job centers.

School districts can be another big influence on home value. If you’ve noticed that homes in the school district where you live tend to sell more quickly in June or July, and the school district also happens to be among the best in the state, that might not be a coincidence; families could be willing to pay a premium for housing in a top school district.

Assessments and taxes

The value of your home may be higher or lower than what you initially thought. This can create a pricing discrepancy, which will affect how much tax is owed on the sale and whether it’s worth selling at all! If there have been no recent updates to assessors’ values (i e; cities/counties), then look towards nearby homes that were recently assessed for comparison purposes because they likely used more up-to-date methods when determining their taxable values, whereas older assessments might not always sync perfectly between appraisers.

In order words: Taxable Assessment vs Recent Sales Price – use this as another factor while weighing against everything else, including similar sales within close proximity to help determine an accurate value.


If the availability of jobs in your area is slim, then you should expect home values to remain relatively low. You can find local employment statistics through outlets like the United States Census Bureau, but they might not be entirely updated; you can also keep tabs on what’s happening with business and education through local news publications.


Homes are worth what buyers will pay for them, and some might be more motivated than others. The number of people looking to buy in an area affects the final sales price; so does how attractive your specific home is (or isn’t) compared with other properties on offer at any given time – not just when you’re selling!