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Getting Your Home Ready for Appraisal


If you’re thinking about selling your home, chances are, you’ll need to have it appraised at some point during the selling process. Important for determining the worth of your home, a positive appraisal means that you’re more likely to fetch more money when selling or refinancing your home. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to do some prepping around the house on the days leading up to your appraisal. That way, you’ll have a better likelihood of getting the results you want.

Here are three stress-free ways you can get your home appraisal ready:

1. Find and correct any safety issues

Do a full inspection of your home, making note of any issues that could be a safety hazard. Look for things like faulty wiring, broken smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and anything that could be a potential fire hazard. These are all things that you’ll want to have taken care of before the inspection.

2. Make sure everything is in working order

As you can probably imagine, a house that’s riddled with maintenance issues isn’t going to fetch a lot of money on the market. Ideally, you want to make sure that everything is working properly before scheduling your appraisal. Make sure that your pipes aren’t leaking, your HVAC unit is running properly, and your light fixtures are working properly. After all, you don’t want to lose money on your appraisal because you neglected to maintain your home.

3. Do basic touch-ups around the house

You don’t have to pull out all the stops and completely transform your home before its appraisal, but you do need to spruce it up a little. That means repainting the walls, cleaning your deck and driveway with a pressure washer, giving your bathroom tiles that deep clean you’ve been putting off, and shampooing your carpet. Now’s a great time to tackle those minor maintenance issues around the house as well, like cleaning the gutters or slapping an extra coat of paint on your shutters.

Get the Most Value out of Your Home

A successful home appraisal can go a long way in helping you sell your home for what it’s worth. Combine that with the help of a knowledgeable real estate professional with experience helping people buy and sell property in your market, and you’ve got a greater likelihood of getting the most out of your home.

Ready to buy or sell a home in Florida’s hottest markets? Contact the Edge Group at Keller Williams to get started. Our agents are located in Jacksonville, Orlando, Mid-Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, and Tampa, and they’re happy to walk you through the process of buying or selling a home.

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