Is your home about to be appraised? If it is, then you are likely wondering what you can do to get it ready. While much of the information the appraiser is looking for is not something you can change or affect, there are a few steps you can take. Keep reading to learn about them and, if you are looking to sell your home, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at (310) 373-0021 for assistance.
1. Gather Relevant Paperwork
Grab your most recent property tax bill. Do you have any fees associated with a homeowners’ association or condo convents and fees? If you have any paperwork that shows the cost of living in your home that will be the same for everyone who lives in your home, then grab that. Note that this does not include things like utility costs as they will vary from one resident to another.
2. A Brag Sheet
If you have made significant home improvements or upgrades, you should have a “brag sheet” that outlines all of those improvements and upgrades. It should include not just the upgrade but the date it was completed, the cost, and, if a permit was necessary, evidence that you had the appropriate permits to get the job done.
3. Make Sure All Areas of the Home Can Be Accessed
Remember that the appraiser is going to look at every inch of your home. Do you have a crawl space? Make sure that it is accessible. Do you have an attic? Make sure it is accessible. If necessary, get the ladders and other tools that will be necessary to give them access to all the areas they need to review.
4. Fix Minor Issues
An appraiser is not going to take into consideration the color of your walls or your style of décor. However, they are going to take into consideration the condition of your home. Make sure that you fix any minor issues like squeaky hinges that draw attention to an older door or chipped paint that makes your home look like it is in worse condition than it is. You do not need to replace all the carpet or tile in the home, but if one tile is missing and you have extra tiles – it will not hurt to replace it.
When you hire Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices to help you sell your home, we can help you through every step, including the home appraisal. Call us now at (310) 373-0021 to learn how we can help you get your home ready to sell.