How Do You Prepare for an Appraisal?

There are six things you should be doing to prepare for an appraisal.

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Getting your home appraised is a necessary step of any home sale. The appraisal itself will influence your asking price, meaning that it’s really important to take care of a few things to ensure that you’re maximizing your property’s value:

1. Spackle. Any number of things can ding up your walls, so be sure to go back and spackle over those blemishes on the walls and sheetrock.

2. Paint with neutral colors. Since you’ll never cover up the areas you’ve spackled anyway, be sure to touch up areas that need a fresh coat of paint. I recommend that you go with a light color to make the square footage really pop.

3. Update your crawl spaces. The majority of the transactions that we do require an appraiser to do a head-and-shoulders inspection of the crawl space, so make sure that you’ve properly sealed around the perimeter of the crawl space with Visqueen, ensure that there’s no standing water, and otherwise remove any nasty surprises before the appraiser comes to take a look at it.

Try these tips instead of spending thousands upfront or at closing.

4. Deep clean. Go through your home with a vacuum cleaner and dust before the appraiser comes. Providing an extra level of cleanliness can give you a boost to help increase the conditional adjustments they’ll make on the appraisal.

5. Conduct additional repairs. Some of the biggest things to be called out on the appraisal are chipping and peeling paint, so go around the exterior of your home, especially by the fascia by your gutters and roof, and look for areas where your paint is chipped. Scrape it off and apply a new coat of paint. 

6. Get an early start. Taking care of what needs to be done in your home early will ensure a smooth process later. Many contractors are all booked up toward the end of August, so an early start can help you avoid unexpected delays.

If you’re thinking about selling your home and want to ensure that you’ll be appraised for its market value, try these tips instead of spending thousands upfront or at closing. For any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to help you.

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