If you're about to put your home on the market, you want to make sure you get the best price for it. To do that, you need to ensure that your home appraises as high as it possibly can. A high appraisal will help you get the right price for your home. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help the process. Here are three steps you can take to help you get the best appraisal for your home.
Take Care Of Those Small Repairs
If you want to get the best appraisal possible, you need to make sure that your home is prepared for the inspection. If you've been avoiding those minor repairs, you need to take care of them before the appraiser comes out. Leaky faucets and toilets that keep running can signify to the appraiser that there may be other issues with the home. It's also a good idea to take a look around your vent covers. If you see dirt building up on the walls, you should have your ducts cleaned before the appraiser comes out. Well-maintained systems—such as heater, plumbing and AC—can improve your homes appraisal value.
Improve Your Curb Appeal
Your front yard will be the first view the appraiser will have of your home. That's why you can't underestimate the value of curb appeal when it comes to your appraisal. Some well-placed flower pots, and fresh mulch in the gardens can improve your chances of getting top dollar for your appraisal. You should also take a look at your front door. If it's dirty or in disrepair, take care of the repairs and give your front door a good cleaning before your appraisal appointment. Your appraiser will be looking at your front door as soon as they approach your home. A clean door is a sign that the rest of your home will be well-cared for too.
Document All Improvements
If you've recently made improvements to your home, be sure you have the documentation to prove it. This includes improvements to any of the major systems in your home, such as the furnace or AC replacement, room additions, or roofing repairs. Providing documentation for the improvements can provide your appraiser with the information they'll need in order to justify a higher appraisal value.
Now that you're getting ready to sell your home, make sure you get the appraisal you want. For more information on increasing the value of your home, be sure to speak to your real estate agent.