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5 Ways to Prepare for Home Appraisal

Written by Posted On Friday, 05 August 2016 23:11

There are a number of reasons that homeowners may want to have their home appraised, which can include preparing to list it on the market or when it's time to refinance. Although the process of appraising the home is done by a licensed professional, there are a few ways that homeowners can prepare for the visit. To ensure that your home is appraised properly, it's important to follow a few important tips.

1. Make the Necessary Repairs

You can easily boost the value of your home by making the right repairs on both the interior and exterior of your property. Do a few DIY projects yourself before the appointment, which can include fixing leaky faucets or sanding down doors that stick when they open and close.

2. Update the Space

Spruce up your property by painting the walls neutral colors, installing new fixtures on the kitchen cabinets, and using modern decor to update the home and allow it to look newer. You can also add a new mailbox, faucets, and window treatments to enhance the appeal of the setting.

3. Enhance the Curb Appeal

Your home's curb appeal is the first impression that your property will make on the appraiser and on potential buyers after you list the home through an agency like
Krueger Real Estate. Mow the lawn, add a new front door, and plant flowers to create an eye-catching space that stands out in the neighborhood.

4. Communicate to the Appraiser

Although your appraiser may follow guidelines and rules when it comes to appraising your home, you can still influence how they price your property by pointing out nearby establishments that are in the local area. Communicate to the professional if there's a nearby highway, grocery store, or schools to ensure that they get a greater understanding of the area.

5. Deep Clean the Property

The cleanliness and condition of your home will influence its value, making it important to powerwash the driveway, shampoo the carpet, and remove clutter that may be present in different rooms of the home or in the backyard. This will allow the home to appear that it's been maintained well over the years.

Although you may not be able to renovate your home or install a new roof at the last minute, there are several ways of preparing the property before it's appraised. With the right steps taken, you can increase the value of your home and benefit from the simple changes that are made.

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Lizzie Weakley

 About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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