Preparing for Your Home Appraisal
A common characteristic in homeowners is that they typically believe their home is the nicest on the block. While this may be true in some cases, when it comes time to refinance or sell it, getting a high house appraisal is crucial. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to assure that you receive credit for all the ways you think believe your home may be worth.
1. Clear away clutter
A clean home is a desirable home. While this seems like an obvious step, many homeowners are busy with jobs and family concerns and tend to overlook this step. Box up and store excess items. Pay close attention to the kitchen and bathroom — if what's sitting on the counter is frequently used, hide it away in a cupboard so that your counters are free of anything that isn't decorative. If you don't have time to clutter-clean properly, store unnecessary items in your garage or storage unit.
2. Clean your home
You don’t need to deep clean under couches, and a few dirty dishes won’t hurt your appraisal value. But overgrown landscaping, soiled carpeting, marks on walls — those do affect value and are part of the property’s overall condition rating. If you can clean it in 30 minutes or less, do it!
3. Keep the $500 rule in mind
Homes are typically appraised in $500 increments. If you have some minor issues to be repaired and leave them for the appraiser to find, they are likely to reduce the overall value of your home.
4. Curb appeal matters
This is a simple way to help offset your home from unfair comparables, and there are a few ways to help update the curb appeal of your home.
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