Here at Simpson Real Estate Appraisals, we understand that selling your home can be a stressful process, even if you are excited about moving. Not only do you have many important tasks to keep track of, there are also parts of the process in which you’ll have to give up control to someone else. The home appraisal is one of those parts, but it’s not something that you need to agonize over. In this article, our team will go over a few things that your certified residential appraiser wants you to know to make the process easier for everyone.
- Prepare Your Space (and Your Residents)- In the lead up to your home appraisal, we at Simpson Real Estate Appraisals recommend getting your space ready for the appraiser’s visit. While a certified residential appraiser won’t consciously devalue your home based on mess or clutter, there’s still a chance that they might subconsciously value a clean home higher than a messy one. In addition, make sure that anyone who will be home at the time knows to expect a stranger to stop by.
- Prepare Your Paperwork- Another thing that your certified residential appraiser will likely ask is for you to provide them with as much information as you can about the property. This includes things like the age and condition of major systems such as wiring, plumbing, HVAC, and even the roof. We also recommend making a list of any major improvements and the dates for those projects, making sure to include original permits for any DIY efforts.
- Set Realistic Expectations- Lastly, we at Simpson Real Estate Appraisals want to caution you to keep your expectations realistic when it comes to home improvements and their effect on your final home value. While your new $50,000 kitchen no doubt looks gorgeous, you are not likely to see your home value increase by $50,000. If you are thinking about making any improvements with the goal of increasing your sale price, we encourage you to consult with our team first to make sure it’s worth it.