So you’re selling your home or looking to re-mortgage? You’ll be looking for the best possible valuation and will therefore need to make a few home improvements before the appraiser comes to visit. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at these essential steps for preparing your home for appraisal:
View Everything With a Critical Eye
When we’ve lived in a place for a long time, we grow accustomed to its features – good and bad. We might have stopped noticing the leaky kitchen tap or the patch of peeling wallpaper or that little stain on the hallway carpet. When preparing your home for appraisal, you need to re-examine your home with a very critical eye. Spot any imperfections that might reduce the price put on your home and create a list of things you’ll need to improve.
Cleaning is an obvious first step when preparing your home for an appraisal. Consider deep cleaning the carpets, wash windows, do a thorough job in your kitchen and bathroom and, particularly if you have pets, make sure everything smells clean and fresh when your appraiser walks through the door.
Clutter makes it more difficult for an appraiser to see the space they’re appraising. Take unwanted items to a charity shop and put clutter you don’t use every day into the attic or another storage space. Remove clutter from your kitchen worktops and bathroom surfaces. Put children’s toys away neatly. And if there are bigger items you want to get rid of call a company like 1300 Rubbish who can come and collect them from your home.
Even minor problems around the house could see your house decrease in value. Fix that leaky tap, make sure all lights and electrical devices are working correctly and make repairs on any appliances you intend to sell along with your home. As well as smaller projects, consider whether the cost of big repairs will be recouped by a higher valuation. For instance a new roof or a new kitchen can make a huge difference.
Paintwork is liable to get scuffed and marked over time. Little hairline cracks may also appear in the plaster work due to seasonal changes in temperature. Work to cover all of these imperfections with a touch up paint job. Also, if your home is decorated in particularly bright or unconventional colors, consider repainting in a more neutral scheme. The valuation is likely to be higher and sale process quicker if your interior is more universally appealing.
Tidy Outside Areas
The outside areas of your property are just as important as the inside. Clear away any junk, mow the lawn and do some cheap planting to make your garden look bright and inviting. If you have a patio, jet wash the stones. And make sure the path up to your home is easily accessed and leads up to a beautifully clean, well-painted front door.
Modernise and Preserve
If you really want to boost your home’s value, consider some modernisation. You could replace dated flooring and décor for a relatively small cost. However, be careful to preserve any original period features that make your home more valuable. Polishing old tiles and re-varnishing floorboards to make them into a focal point could add hundreds or thousands to your valuation.
Preparing your home for appraisal can be a time-consuming task. But it’ll be more than worth it when you get a high valuation from your appraiser. By cleaning, repairing, tidying and refreshing your home, you stand to make huge gains when it comes to selling or re-mortgaging the property.
Melanie Saunders is a blogger and content manager at 1300 Rubbish – experts in the field of rubbish and junk removal. Personally, a huge fan of sustainability and green living.