A home appraisal is a process that involves having a third-party appraiser come in and review the value of a home by comparing it to other houses in the area. When it comes to house prices and what your home appraises for, there are things you can’t control, like the location of the home, the size of the lot, and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. But there are also things in your control that can hurt your appraisal and cause it to come back lower than you might have expected.
To compete with other house prices in your area, we recommend doing the following to prepare for your appraisal and get the best possible result:
- If you’ve done upgrades on your home, show proof. Put together a file that provides details of all these improvements, including any sales receipts.
- Go through your home’s entire exterior and interior, noting any areas of concerns. If you need to repair or update something, get it done before your appraisal.
- During your appraisal, your home should appeal to any buyer. For this reason, make sure any home improvements you’ve done or décor you add isn’t too personalized.
- Before your appraisal, clean up your home and make sure it’s free of any clutter. Removing messes will make your house look more spacious, which allows the appraiser to get a better feel for what your home really looks like and how well you take care of it.
If you’re curious about home prices in your area or want to know what your home would appraise for, contact us! We can fairly appraise your home and help you streamline the selling process.