How To Prepare For An Appraisal Aug 24 2017

How To Prepare For An Appraisal Aug 24 2017

Determining a price for your home can be very stressful especially if you don't know how to prepare for an appraisal.  There are a few tips to help get the most on your appraisal. 

Go through the house very carefully to make sure everything works correctly, and make sure there are no leaks anywhere. You need to show that the property has been well-maintained. 

While you're at it, you should check for things like leaky sinks, running toilets, and nail pops. As you go around the home, put everything down on one list so that you can easily refer to it later.

It might sound like a no-brainer, but cleaning for an appraisal is so important that it bears repeating. This is the one and only chance the appraiser will get to view your home. Since his opinion of the home can actually make or break the sale, it's crucial to ensure it's a good one.

Your best bet is to tackle the task in two parts: a deep clean of the home a few days before the appraisal and then a final sprucing up on the big day. When it arrives, you'll want to make sure that everything is in its place. Make the bed, pick up any errant toys from kids and pets, and do the dishes. While these factors technically aren't included in the appraisal, they might subconsciously influence the appraiser's opinion of your home, which can affect its determined value.

Get your agent involved in the process. The appraised value of your home is largely determined by how it compares with similar properties that have sold in your area within the past six months. Most agents will try to assist appraisers with that research by providing them with comparables that justify the sale price. . Ask your agent to put a list of comps together to give to your appraiser. Whether or not the appraiser chooses to take them into account, they will come in handy if you need to ask for an appeal after the appraisal.

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