Appraisal Prepping

By Morgan Saylor

If you’re selling or refinancing your home, you anticipate having your home appraised. An appraisal may be intimidating to some, but you really shouldn’t sweat it. Here are a few things Zillow Porchlight says you can do to predecease a smooth appraisal process.

  • Research - Doing your homework about your appraiser’s familiarity with the area and who is state certified is a must.
  • Keep up with maintenance – Maintaining carpet, paint, gutters – are all essential elements an appraiser will look at to assess your home’s value. The same goes for appliances – make sure your appliances are in good working order. Jamie Birdwell-Branson writes, “Keep a list of maintenance work that has been done on the home. Have a running list of what you have fixed and upgraded in your home as well as the amount of money you have spent”.
  • Consider curb appeal – Landscaping of a house lends to the first impression it gives to anyone, the appraiser included.
  • Love your home – Birdwell-Branson via Zillow Porchlight suggests showing pride in your home by keeping your home tidy and looking good.

More tips on appraisal prepping? Check out Zillow’s blog


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