We get a ton of questions about real estate, but there is one in particular that is asked more than others. How do I get top dollar on an appraisal? Whether you are refinancing your home or looking to sell, here is how: 

Start Outside-When you step out front of your home, do you see anything that looks out of order? Get rid of dead plants, overgrown grass, and make sure there are clear paths for the appraiser to walk around the property. When you take the time to tidy up the yard, power wash the driveway, and remove debris, it will add value. 

Inside-After you clean and declutter the outside, it is time to tackle the inside. Clean off the kitchen and bathroom counters. Then start organizing your closets and garages. Keep in mind, an appraiser will not be able to assign a value to something they cannot see or access due to clutter. Do you have an accordion door that is off the hinges or dents or holes in the wall? Take the time to make little repairs, these broken or damaged things can decrease the value of your appraisal. 

Keep a List-If you have made any improvements to the property, make a list of all these things.  Also, attach any receipts or invoices. You can present this list to your appraiser to make sure that items are not overlooked. This can come in handy, especially if you replaced the HVAC system with new ductwork. The appraiser wouldn’t be able to notice this repair hidden behind the wall. If you can, try to be on site during the appraisal, this will allow the appraiser to ask any questions he or she may have about your property. 

These three simple things will help improve the value of your home. If you have any questions about this blog or any other real estate related questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. www.BuySellRabell.com