Is an appraisal of your home imminent? If so, you probably want to know what you can do to prepare it. While you cannot change or influence the majority of the information the appraiser is seeking, there are some actions you can take. Continue reading to find out more about them, and for help selling your house, call Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at (310) 373-0021.
collect the necessary paperwork
Take a look at your most recent property tax bill. Do you pay any dues to your condo association or homeowners’ association? Grab any documentation you have that details the expense of living in your house, which will be the same for each resident. Please take note that since utility expenses differ from resident to resident, they are not included in this.
Get together a brag sheet
You should have a “brag sheet” that lists all of your important home upgrades and improvements if you have made any. Along with the upgrade, it ought to list the cost, the date it was finished, and, if a permit was required, proof that you had it in order to execute the work.
Ensure access to every area of the house
Keep in mind that the appraiser will inspect every square inch of your house. Are there any crawl spaces here? Make sure it is reachable. Have you got an attic? Make certain it is reachable. In order to provide them access to all the areas they need to evaluate, you may need to purchase ladders and other tools.
Fix small problems
The color of your walls or the way you decorate won’t be taken into account by the appraiser. They will, however, assess how well-maintained your house is. Make sure to take care of any small problems, such as noisy hinges that call attention to an old door or chipping paint that gives the impression that your home is in worse shape than it actually is. It’s not necessary to replace every tile or carpet in the house, but if one is missing and you have extras, replacing it won’t do any harm.
We can assist you with every step of the home selling process, including the home appraisal, if you work with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices to sell your house. Call us right away at (310) 373-0021 to find out how we can assist you with preparing your house for sale.