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How to Prepare Your Real Estate for an Appraiser's Visit for Valuation

These simple steps can make a significant difference in the appraisal outcome.

Preparing your real estate for an appraiser's visit is crucial to ensure an accurate valuation. A clean and well-maintained property creates a positive impression. Make sure to declutter each room, tidy up the landscaping, and address any necessary repairs. Light cleaning is also a good idea. As one appraiser mentioned in her blog, "We want to see everything, but we DO NOT need to see everything." Therefore, please avoid last-minute use of showers and restrooms while the appraiser is on site.

Next, compile all the essential documents related to your property. This includes recent tax assessments, records of home improvements, and any permits for renovations. Having these documents ready can provide the appraiser with valuable information about the property's history and any upgrades that might affect its value. If you have made significant improvements, such as a new roof or updated kitchen, ensure you have receipts and documentation to prove the costs involved.

It's also beneficial to highlight any unique features of your property. Make a list of upgrades or special features, such as energy-efficient windows, a newly installed HVAC system, or custom landscaping. Pointing out these aspects during the appraisal can help the appraiser understand the full scope of your property's value. Be prepared to give a brief tour, emphasizing these features and answering any questions the appraiser might have.

Another important step is to ensure all areas of your property are accessible. The appraiser will need to inspect every part of the home, including the attic, basement, and any outbuildings. Ensure there are no obstacles that could hinder their access. If you have pets, it's a good idea to secure them in a safe area to avoid any disruptions during the visit.

Lastly, be available to provide any additional information the appraiser might need. While it's important not to hover, being on hand to answer questions or provide further details can be helpful. Your cooperation and readiness can facilitate a smoother appraisal process and potentially result in a more favorable valuation. By following these steps, you can ensure your property is well-prepared for an appraiser's visit, ultimately helping you achieve an accurate and beneficial valuation.


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