While home appraisal is an important aspect that would determine the value of your house, preparing for home appraisals shouldn’t be a nightmare nor a rigorous task for homeowners who’s up to take their home to the listings. Home appraisal also should not be an expensive task than it already is as long as you go over the essentials and address what would actually matter in the appraisal process.
Go over the basics
You can do this by walking within and around the house with a critical eye. Don’t simply stare and make mental notes. Prepare a pencil and a piece of paper or type on your phone the notes for any repairs that need to be done. This simple step would make your preparation more comprehensive and easier for yourself because you have everything noted.
Make sure to inspect your house thoroughly. Direct your observation to anything that’s affixed to the house. Things like leaks in the roofs, faulty toilets, congested gutters, the most basics of things and their functions affect the valuation process of your house. Make sure you go over the most fundamental aspects of your house and see if they need adjustments.
Make sure your security/safety equipment is working properly
Home security system, smoke detector and alarms, and any safety systems that your house is equipped with needs to be checked. Even though you may not be living in the house anymore during the time you decide to sell or appraise your house, make sure that the systems are still in order and in good working conditions.
Curb appeal—does yours need improvement?
This is the face of your house and it is the first thing that homebuyers would notice. So curb appeal does influence house’s value. You’d want to spruce up or make some adjustments to make your curb appeal, well, more appealing to buyers. Maintaining your greeneries or adding some shrubs may dramatically bring improvements.
How old a house appears affect the house’s appraisal value—this of course mainly entails the most basic aspects of your house and how well they still function. However, doing a major, deep cleaning of the house help the house look better; and consequently, newer. Things that look “new” or less aged are things that are well taken care of.
Prepare a list of upgrades you’ve done
Make sure to prepare a list of updates that you’ve done to your house. Any repairs, new roofs, as well as that upgrade all add values to your house. Make sure to mention them during your appraisal.
If something is not broken, don’t fix it
Save your time, energy, and money for something that actually needs your attention. Don’t go doing upgrades just for the sale when the current one works properly and is good as it is.