Why online property valuations can be misleading

Whether you’re looking to put your property on the market or just curious to find out how your fabulous new extension has affected its value, the internet has opened up a plethora of online valuation tools that tell you what your home is worth. Whilst these online property valuations are fine to get a ball park figure of how much your home could sell for, there is so much more to an accurate valuation than meets the eye.

Here are just some of the reasons why you can’t rely solely on an online property valuation:

A well-maintained and well-presented home that is tastefully decorated inside will fetch a higher sale price, and this can only be fully appreciated by visiting a property. The same applies to an overly cluttered or dirty house; poor décor can often be overlooked. but dirt, clutter and even smells can’t be so easily ignored.

Water and green open spaces
Not only is green space beneficial for recreational and leisure pursuits, they can also have a direct impact on property prices if your property is close to parkland or water.

Schools and colleges
According to research by Rightmove, parents are willing to pay a £52,000 premium to live in the catchment area of an Outstanding-rated state school in the UK, and many buyers are willing to compromise on other factors to get their children into a decent school.

Personal circumstances
The 3ds (divorce, death and debt) are another important consideration, and can sometimes determine how quickly a vendor needs to sell. A good agent will consider your personal circumstances in order to recommend the right asking price.

Robert Reed of Wright Marshall, Tarporley Office commented: “At the end of the day, a home is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. Online valuation tools are a useful referencing tool, but they can’t cover every variable.

I always recommend getting an opinion of a respected local estate agent like Wright Marshall who can apply their knowledge of the local property market, a full appreciation of your property, as well as your own personal circumstances to work out an accurate property valuation.”

If you would like to find out how much your home is worth, contact your nearest Wright Marshall branch for a free, no obligation valuation.

Finding a property near the best independent schools in Cheshire

A new school year is already upon us and whilst many children will be experiencing first day jitters of nerves and excitement whilst bundled in over-sized uniforms, parents may be thinking ahead to the next step in their child’s education. If you are looking for a new property in Cheshire, then finding a good school will be near top of your agenda.

In light of the independent school league table that’s recently been published to coincide with this year’s GCSE and A level results, we thought it only timely to take a look at some of Cheshire’s finest properties that are within easy commuting distance to the county’s top independent schools.


Rossett Road, Holt

This outstanding 5-bedroom detached family home is set in just under 0.65 of an acre of gardens in a popular semi-rural location. Benefitting from a superb heated indoor pool, outstanding countryside views and the potential for two holiday cottages (subject to the necessary consents), this property offers the discerning family plenty of space and scope for development.  It also boasts a beautiful open plan kitchen/sitting room and lounge with dining area and a beautiful Orangery overlooking the private lawned garden.

This property is an approximate 10-minute drive to Abbey Gate Primary school, in Aldford.


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Grange Lane, Gorstage
Gorstage stands between Sandiway and Weaverham on Weaverham Road and offers parents an easy commute to The Grange School in Hartford.

The property is well presented and maintained throughout, retaining a number of its original features. With 4-bedrooms, lounge, conservatory, sitting room, dining room and kitchen, as well as a workshop/garage, the property is ideally suited for families seeking a spacious family home.

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Ashton Lane, Ashton 
The 4-bedroom property has the particular advantage of being situated on the outskirts of the village, a short distance from the A51 trunk road leading from Chester to Northwich, making this property ideally located for independent schools such as The Hammond (4.6 miles away) and The Queens School, Chester (6.5 miles away).

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Wigans Lake Cottage, Kingsley 
This property has been renovated to a high standard by its current owners and is immaculately maintained. A particular feature of this property is its beautiful garden with its own unique BBQ area. Located between the villages of Kingsley and Crowton, this property has  good road links to The Grange School in Hartford.


If you are searching for your next family home in Cheshire, Wright Marshall have a range of suitable properties close to some of Cheshire’s top independent schools.

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Contact Wright Marshall today to book a viewing for any of these properties