Getting Ready for an Appraisal of Your Home

By: Lance Mohr

Throughout your life you likely have heard of the importance of preparation. Simply, one of the most fundamental principles associated with success if being prepared. If you are contemplating the sale of your home, you likely are also considering obtaining a professional appraisal of your property. If that is the case, there are some important steps that you need to take when it comes to getting your home ready for an appraisal.

One mistake that some people make when preparing for an appraisal is to do nothing in advance of appraiser coming to the property to do his or her work. The reality is that there are some steps that you can and should take not only before you put your property onto the market for sale but before you even have the appraiser come over to perform a valuation on the property.

The first thing you will want to do when it comes to getting ready for an appraisal of your home is to make certain that all of the cosmetic repairs that need to be done are completed. This includes making sure that the paint on both the inside and the outside of the house is in good condition. While a fresh coat of paint does not per se increase the value of the house, when a home appears in its finest form, the value will be enhanced at least to some degree.

The second thing that you will want to undertake in advance of getting an appraisal of your home is to make certain that any significant repairs that need to be dealt with are completed. More serious problems with your residence, items that do need to be repaired, can have a negative impact on the overall value of the property if they are not dealt with in advance of an appraisal.

The third step that should be taken when preparing for an appraisal is to have a second set of eyes take a look at your home. This should be an individual who does not live in your home and who is not intimately familiar with your home. By having another person give your home a good once over in advance of the appraisal itself, you will have one other mechanism available to you through which you will be able to have identified any problems with the property that need correcting and that you may have overlooked.

In the end, by taking the time to follow the steps and pointers that are set forth for you here, you will be in the best possible position to ensure that your home is in the best possible condition in advance of the actual appraiser. While each of these steps may result in only minor improvements to your residence. However, when taken together, all of these pointers can put you in the position of having the best possible appraisal of your home.

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