How your home fairs in an appraisal can be huge. The appraiser inspects the home and determines its value, and therefore how much you pay/get when it’s sold. In a way, appraisals are like a test, and every seller wants to pass: that is, they want to get the highest value they can.
Pay attention to these 5 things that help increase your house’s value in an appraisal:
1) Curb Appeal
First impressions are important for a reason, right? Set the tone of your home tour by blowing your visitors away as soon as they pull up in their car. Adding lush vegetation, pops of color, outdoor furniture, fresh paint, updated doors, and more can really make a house feel like a fantasy.
2) A Clean and Up-to-Date Interior
How you manipulate the interior can make or break a buyer’s opinion of your home. Clutter, personal items, and out-of-date features have to go. The more neutral and adaptable the space seems, the easier it will be for your buyer to picture themselves in your home. We suggest hiring an interior designer or professional stager to show the space in its best light.
3) Replaced Home Systems
Although expensive, updating your home systems can add huge value to your home. A new roof, HVAC system, plumbing system, and siding are great examples. Once your visitors know that your home is not only beautiful but also functional, they won’t be able to resist!
4) Updated Kitchens and Bathrooms
These parts of the home tend to be where buyers are captivated or unimpressed, so you definitely want to be on the captivating side. You’ll be surprised by the transformation after replacing cabinet doors, lighting fixtures, countertops, faucets, or appliances. And fresh paint always goes a long way!
5) Outdoor Living
Nothing makes a buyer think of vacation like some great outdoor living spaces. Patios and decks for grilling and relaxing add a lot of value. If you feel your home is right for it, adding a deck is also a good way to add a relaxing, visually appealing side to your home.
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