10 Tips for a Better Denver Home Appraisal

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 16 November 2016 19:37

When it’s time to refinance or sell your Denver home, you want your house appraised at top dollar.  It’s actually possible to have an effect on the appraiser’s final number by what you do (or don’t do) with your home both day-to-day and year-to-year. Here are some tips to get that appraisal amount as high as possible.

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Keep It Clean Inside… – If everything else is in good condition, this means just vacuuming and picking up clutter.  Appraisers don’t mind some dishes in the sink, and they won’t look under the furniture.  What will negatively affect your condition rating are bigger issues like dirty carpets, marks on walls and obvious decay or damage.

And Outside – Unkempt landscaping will drop your value like a rock.  Keep the lawn mown, the garden weeded, and the hedges trimmed.  This will set your Denver home apart and ensure that the appraiser compares it to other well-kept homes rather than to foreclosures or homes of lesser value.

Record All Improvements – Keep a detailed list of all upgrades done in the last 15 years and give a copy to the appraiser.  You need to be comfortable “tooting your own horn” regarding the home’s unique features and newer fixes. This includes things the appraiser might not notice such as new insulation or a new roof but also takes in even the “mundane” updates like a new sink.

Find Comparisons – Look around for other homes like yours, especially ones sold directly by owners.  You might find something the appraiser doesn’t know about.

Paint Issues – If your house was built before 1978 and you’re going after a government-insured loan through FHA or a veteran’s organization, you must remove peeling paint.

Prioritize Your Fixes – You’ll get the best return on investment from fixing or upgrading paint, carpets, lighting and plumbing.  Try to fix or replace things as they break so the house is always at its best.

Know Your Neighborhood – Let your appraiser know about any positive changes in your Denver neighborhood such as a new playground or designation as a historic district.  Any of these could improve your appraisal.

The $500 Rule – If an appraiser spots any needed repair over $500, your assessment will drop because appraisers value homes in $500 increments.  So look around and fix anything that could reach this threshold.

Understand the Effective Age of Your Home – This is the age an appraiser will assign to your Denver home based on its general condition and any updates made.  If there are lots of visible things to be fixed, even minor things, your home will be given a higher effective age and compared against other homes of this same effective age, resulting in a lower appraised value.

Keep the Appraiser Comfortable – Put on the heat or air conditioner if weather conditions warrant it.  (This also lets the appraiser know that those systems work.) Don’t follow the appraiser around the house and absolutely remove any pets that could harass him/her.  Save questions until after the appraisal. Distractions could make the appraiser miss something important. Let their focus be totally on giving your home the best value for its condition.

There’s no guarantee that your home will appraise for a particular amount, but these tips can help push it in the right direction.

Let the Bandy team show you other ways to prepare your home and sell it quickly! We will guide you through all phases of the home buying and home selling process in Denver. We can also help you with home staging tips to help you get started. Our home purchasing experts can also help with buying a home in the Lowry area of Denver real estate in Cherry Creekor any of the other fine communities surrounding Denver  We are here to help you find your dream home and will guide you every step of the way!

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Marianne Bandy, Team Leader

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Marianne Bandy

Marianne is a professional LDS Realtor in Denver with outstanding integrity, who takes the time to understand your specific housing and family needs. She is the team leader of one of the top selling Real Estate Teams in her broker's office. She understands that a big part of your family's happiness depends on the home and community where you live.  LDS Realtor in Denver Colorado

One of Marianne’s greatest passions is helping people with their Real Estate transactions, typically one of the largest financial transactions they will undertake. Marianne is the listing agent for the team but also loves working with Latter Day Saint home buyers as well.  Marianne uses her expertise and market knowledge so that her clients get the most accurate and up to date information possible. Marianne has a breadth of experience working with clients through all aspects of closing on a home. When listing homes for sale, this includes readying the home for sale, developing a marketing strategy, getting feedback on showings, negotiating inspection items,  and many other details that lead up to a successful closing. 

Marianne is excellent at contract negotiations and looking out for the best interests of her clients. She has obtained the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) certification. When helping Buyers, she loves the feeling of helping families connect with the right home in the right community. She also has knowledge of ward and stake boundaries, meeting house locations,  youth programs, drive time to the LDS Denver temple, and seminary locations for your high school children. 

If you’re looking for solid results and a WOW! experience, then call Marianne and put her to work for you. In the last two years, the Bandy Team sold 125 homes.  The Bandy Team has the experience and proven systems you need to make your transaction as smooth and worry-free as possible. 

The Bandy Team is committed to conducting business with the utmost integrity. The team was formed on the principles of honesty and loyalty with clients. Marianne believes in surrounding herself with good people that share her values.  This includes good business partners that can aid in all aspects of a real estate transaction, including home inspections, loans, transaction coordination, home repairs, etc. Marianne and her entire team are committed to the highest levels of customer service for their clients. 

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