Whether you are thinking about selling your property or considering refinancing to take advantage of some of the lowest interest rates in decades, the first step you need to take is to get a property appraisal. An appraisal will help you understand how much your property is worth relative to current market trends.
Before you call your real estate agent, it’s worth putting some time and effort into making your property look as presentable as possible. You can do several things to prepare your property for an appraisal, and we’ve put them together in the list below. Read on to learn everything you need to know about preparing for a property appraisal.
Thoroughly clean and tidy inside and out
From the street to the bathroom, spend a day or so tidying up the premises. Outside, the street appeal can affect the property’s value, so mow the lawns and weed any garden beds. Removing any spider webs and cleaning the windows and doors can make a big difference to the look of a home. Inside, remove as much clutter as possible and wipe down all surfaces. There’s no need to repaint, but some sugar soap and elbow grease to remove marks on the wall can improve the overall presentation of the interior. Open curtains and blinds to allow light to fill the space.
Refresh the look
Now your property is clean, tidy, and decluttered, consider adding a few new cushions or throws to freshen up the look. Fresh towels in the bathroom and a few carefully placed indoor plants can help boost the appeal of the interior design.
Repair what you can
Investing a little time into performing repairs can go a long way to improving the perceived value of a property. Fixing the leaky tap, filling, and repainting any gouges or holes in the walls, and oiling squeaky doors will demonstrate how well you have maintained the property.
Prepare all relevant paperwork
The more information the valuer has during an appraisal; the more accurate the appraisal is likely to be. If you have a copy of the floorplans, let the valuer see them, along with any receipts for major works/renovations performed.
Many factors inform an evaluation, from location and block size to the property’s age, its current state, and what is happening in the local market. By completing the steps above, you can relax knowing you have done the best you can to prepare your property for its valuation. Now all you need to do is find a real estate agent close to you. Once you have selected the right agent, remember they’ll provide expert guidance on presenting your home in its best light.
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