A professional appraisal is required when selling your home in San Antonio. It gives potential buyers and their lenders a clear picture of your property’s worth. Typically, the appraiser will look at the size, amenities, construction quality, and overall condition to determine your home’s worth. While some of these aspects influencing appraisals are outside of your control – like the value of nearby homes and proximity to good schools – there are a few steps you can take to prepare your home for an appraisal and increase your home’s value.
Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is your chance to create a good first impression on the appraiser and add value to your home. You can jazz up your home’s exterior appearance by laying new mulch, mowing the lawn, trimming overgrown bushes, and planting fresh flowers. You should also rake the leaves and clear driveways and sidewalks to create a clean and pristine appearance. Your goal is to convey to the appraiser that your home is well-maintained.
Clean and Declutter
Clutter and dirt aren’t just annoying – they could cost you money. They make it challenging for the appraiser to get an accurate feel for your home’s condition. They could also make your rooms feel smaller and may hide renovations and improvements that you add to your home. So, ensure that you deep clean your home and that everything is neat and in its place (donate or sell things you don’t need) before the appraiser arrives.
Make Some Repairs and Upgrades – and File Them!
Repairs such as replacing a broken doorknob, touching up chipped paint, fixing a broken window, or a leaking faucet can help add to a home’s value. But to ensure that the appraiser doesn’t miss the repairs and improvements you’ve made to your home, provide a list, completion date, and their costs (also provide the before-and-after photos of the upgrades).
Prepare Your Home for an Appraisal!
You should prepare your home to get the best possible appraisal value. If you’d like to learn more about home appraisals and the overall home selling process, our team of experts can help- give us a call at (210) 446-9902 now!