How to Improve Your Home Appraisal

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A home appraisal is a guessed estimate on how much a house is worth. An appraiser is a person that comes through the home and looks around to estimate its potential value. An appraiser looks at everything about a home from its square footage to its lawn. Getting a home appraisal is an important thing to do for someone who is trying to sell their home. For home sellers, it is important for your house to be on the market for the highest amount possible. If you are selling your home, here are a few things to do to ensure a higher price of your home during a home appraisal.

Clean up your yard: The outside of your house is the first impression that the appraiser has on the property that is being sold since it is the first thing they see. Make sure the outside of your house looks nice by mowing the lawn and making sure there is not any trash in front of your house. Maybe even plant some flowers to add a touch to the curb appeal of your home.

Clean up the inside: A good piece of advice when getting your house ready for an appraiser is to clean up your house as if the appraiser was looking to buy it. Deep clean you home by organizing the clutter, sweeping the floors, vacuuming the carpet, cleaning the windows, and dusting the spider webs. It would not hurt to make your home smell nicer by lighting some candles either.

Renovate before the appraiser: If there has been anything that you have been wanting to do to your house, now is the time to do it before the appraiser comes. You are going to be selling your home anyway, you might as well do it before the appraiser comes to make your home look as nice as possible.

Keep track of the changes made to the house: If you added an additional bathroom to the house or finished the basement, that is an important thing to note for the appraiser. This will not necessarily mean that the price of your home will go up but the more information about your house that you can provide, the better.

Talk about the positives of your town: When someone is buying a new home, not only do they look at the size of the house, but they also look into the area that they would be living in if they bought the house. Let the appraiser know what the hype of the town is, new attractions that are opening near your town, and your favorite things to do. This will give the appraiser a better idea on what to price the house based on the area it is located in.

About the Author: Bradley is a guest author from Midwest Appraisal Management, a company that specializes in residential appraisal management services and primary valuation products.

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