You’ve accepted an offer on your home and the closing process has begun. Don’t let the home appraisal stand in the way of you selling your home. Here are 5 tips to help prepare you for the home appraisal process:
1. Check your safety equipment
Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and home security alarms, among other things safety equipment must all be up and running. Check your equipment to make sure they are all turned on and have working batteries.
2. Make some easy fixes
Walk around your house with a critical eye. If the paint on your walls is looking a little faded, your blinds are crooked or your faucets are corroded, these are all easy fixes that you can make to your home. While these small things don’t add a lot in an appraisal, but they add up and your home a modern and updated appearance.
3. Let the appraiser know of any home updates
Tell your appraiser about any home improvements you’ve made in your home that might be overlooked. New additions to your home, replaced HVAC units, siding or gutters, a new roof, remodeled kitchens and updated bathrooms can all positively reflect on your appraisal.
4. Don’t forget to show your exterior some love
Curb appeal is also an important part of your home’s appearance. Mow your grass, trim your shrubbery and remove dead trees. In the spring or summer, add some color with flowers, and in the winter, clear all ice and snow from walkways and driveways. Houses with good curb appeal will receive better appraisals.
5. Mention enhancements in the surrounding area
The appraiser may not be aware of new schools, parks, highways, shops or other public amenities that have been added since you moved into the home. These elements in your surrounding area can enhance your home’s value. Point these out to your appraiser.
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