An appraisal may seem like an extensive process, but don’t worry. We make it easy! From estate planning to PMI removal we are your go to appraisers. With over 20 years of experience we make the process as easy as possible in a quick and timely manner. It may be intimidating if you don’t know what to expect so join us as we explain what to expect and how to prepare.
What to Expect
When an appraiser comes to your home, be prepared for them to inspect everything. While we won’t go through your underwear drawers, we will go through everything that contributes to the structure. We will look at the condition of the building and take inventory of all appliances, characteristics, and general improvements.
While you can stay during the appraisal process, you do not have to be present. If your appraisal is for listing your home, your real estate agent can stay to help answer questions. Not only will this take some stress out of the situation, getting out of the house will help speed up the appraisal process by cutting out unnecessary small talk.
There are many different things to do in preparation for your appraisal. Preparing the inside and outside of your home is as important as having all the information the appraiser will need:
Compile Home Information
You want the appraisal to go as smoothly and quickly as possible, so having all your information ready to go before the appraiser arrives is key. Compile all information the appraiser may need, such as:
- Permit information for any/all additional structures
- Proper documentation for any solar systems
- Note any unusual characteristics your home has, such as built-in BBQs or hidden storage rooms
- Recent improvements with receipts
Preparing the Inside of Your Home
Decluttering is one of the most important steps in preparation to make the appointment easier for you and the appraiser. This will allow the appraiser to move swiftly and not ask you to move things for them to get a better look.
Fixing minor issues like chipped paint and aligning the closet doors will help your home’s values. Every bit you can help tighty up will help increase the value of the house.
Also make sure that any DIY projects get finished. Half finished projects will bring down the value of a home, due to more work having to be done to the home.
Preparing the Outside of Your Home
The outside of your home is the first thing people see. Curb appeal is often a make-it or break-it aspect of a home’s exterior. Don’t fret, even with a small budget you can instantly raise your value with just a few steps!
The wear and tear of everyday adds up quickly especially outdoors where we tend to clean less. Cleaning the steps, porch, and areas that see the most traffic is a must for preparing for an appraiser. In an effort to save water, you can sweep and wipe down everything with a bucket of water, some soap, and a towel. For the windows, make sure to use cleaners specific to windows to help brighten up the house and make it feel welcoming.
Having a freshly mowed lawn makes a huge difference. Raking up leaves, pruning the bushes, and pulling the weeds will all add to the tidiness of your home. After this, take a moment to look for spaces that might receive less attention than others. Cleaning the gutter is also an item many people will forget and it helps reduce the amount of upkeep that is perceived as needed.
Adding and Fixing Details
Adding items such as flower pots or outdoor seating helps bring a welcoming aspect to your home. Take a moment to look around your home and notice any details that need attention. Nails popping up from the deck are a quick and easy fix. Other things such as outdoor lights or back door knobs are always good to make sure they are working properly.
Ready for your appraisal?
Home appraisals are scary but we can help! Let us take all the stress off of you, by knowing our number one priority is our customers. We are here to answer any questions and guide you through your appraisal process. Do you now feel properly equipped for your appraisal? Schedule one with us today!