How to Increase Your Home’s Real Estate Appraisal Value

Before refinancing or selling your home, you will want to have it appraised. That way the bank will know how much it is worth and potential buyers will know that you are asking for a fair price. However, before you call up the appraiser in your area, you may want to take a look around you and take care of a few things to increase the overall value of your real estate appraisal.

One of the most important things you can do for you home is to spruce it up. If you have old worn out paint on your home, buy a few gallons of paint to give it a makeover. If the inside of your home is cluttered with a bunch of junk, eliminate it. If you have a lot of overgrown weeds in the yard or a pile of lumber that is kind of scattered around, take a little time to clean up your yard.

None of these things have to be major projects. A lot of them can be done by you and your partner in a weekend or two. You will not have to invest a lot of money into the property to get it appraised at a higher value. You simply have to show off it’s best features so that when the appraiser comes, they can see everything that matters.

Also, if you have replaced the roof on your home in the last couple years or done any major home improvements, be sure to let the appraiser know. They have no way of knowing that the kitchen has been renovated or that the bathroom has a new vanity and tub. You have to be the one to point out those details. It will make a difference and help your home’s value drastically.

The biggest thing is, before seeking an appraisal, you should take a slow walk around your home, both inside and out. If there is any part of it that you look at and realize it is not “nice looking” you should put a little effort into cleaning it. It does not matter if it is a garage that needs organizing or a bathroom that has water spots on the shower doors and mirrors. This does not mean you have to run out and purchase a new shower door, but you should attempt to clean it up a little. Every little thing that you can do will make it worth more in the long run, and then it will help you have more money in your pocket.

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