Whether you are selling your home or getting ready to refinance, it is essential to have an appraiser complete an inspection of the property. This inspection can have a big impact on the price that you get for the home, because the selling price will be based on the value that is determined by the appraiser.
If the appraisal is low, then you will have a hard time maximizing the equity that is available when you sell the home. This equity is essential to ensure that you can buy the home of your dreams, helping you to have a safe and comfortable space for your family.
Even though you don’t have a lot of time to put into home repairs and upgrades, there are a few small things that you can do to improve the results of the appraisal and get the best price for your home:
Boost the Appearance of the Property
First impressions make a big difference, so you need to be sure that you are setting the right impression with the exterior and interior appearance of your home. Hire a handyman to spiff up the yard and property before the appraiser comes. You can boost curb appeal with a fresh coat of paint, strategically placed flower pots, wiping down light fixtures, and staging the porch area with outdoor furniture.
Take Care of Small Repairs
Most homeowners have a list of small, outstanding tasks that need to be done. These small details can have a big impact on the overall results of the appraisal. Bring in contractors to inspect the major systems that haven’t been serviced, such as the heating and air conditioning system, plumbing, or anything else that might need small repairs.
Document Upgrades and Repairs
Have you recently had major renovations on the home? Make sure to save the records, including receipts and any other paperwork to document the upgrades. This information can be shared with the appraiser so that they can see the added value from the time and money that was put into the property. You will be able to prove that the renovations were completed in a way to focus on quality, and no expenses were spared to improve the overall comfort and quality of your home.
Talk with an Experienced Real Estate Agent
Life gets busy, which means that most homeowners don’t have the time or experience to know the changes that need to be made to the property. Before an appraiser visits your home, talk with a real estate agent who will make suggestions about improvements that need to be completed. You deserve to work with a real estate agent who can offer a lot of experience, because they will be familiar with the comps in the area. Plus, their trained eye will quickly identify anything that needs to be addressed to improve the value of your property.
Here at Duffy Realty of Atlanta, we have the real estate experience that you need. Our team wants to ensure that you get the best real estate services in Atlanta, so we invite you to contact us to learn more: (678) 318-1700