Thank you to Crystal Brady, Realtor, for discussing how to prepare for an appraisal with us! Below you will find a video, as well as, a blog portion.
Preparing For An Appraiser
Prepare a list of upgrades/improvements:
You should create a bulleted list of any and all improvements that have occurred in the last 3 years or during your ownership.
Here are some examples:
- new baseboards
- water filtrations
- new exterior paint
- anything and everything you can think of
A Realtor can help you organize this list better so you can give this to an appraiser.
Treat it like a showing:
Also, you should prepare the house like you would for a showing.
Here are some tips to showing your property:
- Turn all the lights on
- Open blinds in an open position to allow light in
- Make all the beds
- De-clutter and make sure the house is clean
- Remove pets
- Turn down the A/C so it is nice a cool in the home
Be prepared for pictures:
Appraisers are required to take pictures for the appraisal report. So, they will be going into each room and taking pictures.
This is just another reason why you should treat it just like a showing.
Provide a survey:
If you have a property survey leave one for the appraiser on the kitchen counter.
Summing It Up
If you have further questions, you can comment down below!
You should always speak with your listing agent to see what else you can do to prepare for an appraisal.
Selling your home? You might want to look into home inspection expectations for sellers.