If you're planning to sell your home or refinance your mortgage, getting an appraisal is an important step. An appraisal determines the value of your home and is used by lenders to determine how much money they're willing to lend you. Making sure that you show your home’s best side to the appraiser is important because it can affect how much they determine your property to be worth. That’s why you should give attention to these areas before you call that appraiser to come out.
Before an appraiser arrives, it's important to clean and declutter your home. A clean and tidy home can help make a good impression and therefore affect the appraiser’s view of your home. So take time to declutter your home of any unnecessary items, organize your belongings, and deep clean your home.
If there are any repairs that need to be made, such as recaulking or replacing a rotten piece of decking, make these repairs before the appraiser arrives. Like a clean and tidy home, a well-maintained home can help increase the appraised value of your home.
If you've made any recent improvements to your home, such as adding a new roof or updating your kitchen, keep records of these improvements. Other things you should point out are upgrades that you have made to the function of your home. Things like, a new HVAC system, a fireplace, or a swimming pool. This can help demonstrate the value of your home and may increase the appraised value.
First impressions matter, so it's important to enhance your home's curb appeal in whatever way you can before the appraiser arrives. This includes making sure your lawn is well-maintained, trimming bushes and trees, and cleaning the exterior of your home. A well-maintained exterior and a welcoming front door will make sure your home is seen in the best light.
The fact of the matter is that the final number that your home is appraised at can vary greatly from appraiser to appraiser. Which is why preparing your home before getting it appraised can help ensure that you get an accurate appraisal and increase the value of your home. Once your home is appraised and you are on the hunt for your new home, start your search here at Ripple Creek. Look at our available homes today to see if we would be a good fit for your family.
By Ripple Creek Homes 4-24-2023