Appraisal Day Tips

Even though at this stage of the process your prospective buyers are well on their way to picking out their new curtains and wall color, it’s a good idea to tidy up your home as if you were showing it. While cleaning up may seem like an obvious step, many homeowners are overwhelmed with jobs and family concerns and overlook the obvious fact that a clean home is a desirable home. Anything considered a permanent fixture that will be sold with the home should be clean and tidy, especially floor coverings and walls. Your home will give a better overall impression if looks maintained.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, therefore curb appeal is crucial. Don’t forget about taking care of your outside living quarters while you are at it. Take some time to tidy up your lawn, pull weeds and trim your shrubs. Move any potential trip hazards or rubbish out of the way.

If you have an attic, basement or crawl space, the appraiser will need to access these areas. Make a positive impression by making certain ahead of time to provide clear access. Remember also to adjust the temperature of your home to an appropriate level to help make the appraiser comfortable.

It is not required for you to present to meet the appraiser, but if you are home, let the appraiser do the job without distractions. Remember to lock up or take your pets out of the home during the appraisal. It is also a good idea to keep children out of the way.

Have all maintenance records for the property available to the appraiser. This information won’t necessarily influence the appraiser’s decision about the valuation of your property. However, you improve your chances of receiving better overall appraisal by having a visibly well-maintained home.