You want your home to appraise as best as possible when selling your home so you can determine its true value. A licensed appraiser will determine the worth of your home based on recent sales prices of comparable properties. If you prepare your home for the appraisal ahead of time, chances of getting favorable results are higher. Below are some tips to be sure that you get the best appraisal possible so you can enjoy all of the hard work you have put into your home:
Provide your appraiser a list of improvements or updates you have made to your home that you consider important or valuable, as well as costs associated with the updates. The amount of money you spent on improving your home may not go dollar for dollar, but it may help the appraiser compare to other properties in your area that might not have updates.
Make sure all of your appliances are in working order. The appearance of your home can affect an appraiser’s report, so replacing any fixtures (doorknobs, faucets; etc) or painting your walls will improve the overall appearance of your home- which is the goal.
Pay attention to your yard. Clean out gutters, mow your lawn, add some color by planting flowers.
Be sure any safety equipment is installed and working properly. This includes smoke detectors and home security alarms among others.