getting your house ready for an appraisal
To a large extent the value an appraiser gives to your home depends on the recent sales prices of comparable properties in your area. However, there is a lot that you can do to help your home come in at the high end of its appraisal potential.
Martin knows that an appraisal is an opinion of your property's value and will tell you how to prepare your home for an appraisal. Your property should be neat, clean and uncluttered. Any pets should be contained and there should be no lingering odors associated with them.
A home that is difficult to assess because of mess will affect the appraisal value.
Here is a list of some of the things that an appraiser is going to be looking at during an appraisal:
- exterior and interior condition
- total room count
- functionality, including interior room design and layout
- improvements to kitchens and baths, windows, the roof and the home’s systems (heating, electrical and plumbing) over the previous years that make the home more up-to-date, functional and livable by today’s standards - write up a list and the associated costs to give to the appraiser
- condition and age of the home’s systems
- exterior amenities such as garages, decks and porches
- unappealing features, such as an exterior appearance that’s inconsistent with the rest of the neighborhood
- do point out features that may not be immediately apparent that could potentially add to the appraiser’s opinion of value