If you’re selling your home, you’ll have an appraisal. As a homeowner, you want your home to appraise for what you are asking. If not, you’ll have to drop the price of the home. You want it to appraise at the highest potential value not only for the transaction to go through but for the benefit of the buyer as well. They want to make sure that what they are paying is valued appropriately. Here are five things you can do as a homeowner to prepare for the home appraisal.
#1. Paint the front door.
A recent Zillow statistic showed that painting the front door a black, gray, or darker gray color actually added an average of $6200 to the value of the home. This is probably the least expensive home preparation project out there that can have a powerful impact. Why you ask? A black door gives the buyers the impression that the house is a serious, stately, and safe choice. According to the article, they even gave you a couple of options, Peppercorn and Tricorn Black, one of the Sherwin-Williams top 50 paint colors.
Now, if you have to change all of the colors on your house or repaint your house just to have a locked door, that’s not saving you any money. But if a black door would be attractive and complement the color of your house go for it.
If you lived in your home for even a little amount of time you’ve probably hung things on the wall, nicked the paint, and scratched the doors. Now it’s time to repair all of those little nicks, holes, and scratches. Make sure you paint over them when complete so the walls look like new.
#3. Do a deep clean.
You want your home to look as new and fresh as possible so you get the absolute highest value. Now is the time to deep clean like you’ve never cleaned before. Consider hiring a professional cleaner and keeping it that way while your home is on the market. But, appraisers will want a neat, clean environment with everything cleared off of counters and tables when the appraisal takes place.
The appraiser needs to have access to most areas of the home including the attic, crawlspace, and any outbuildings. Make sure there’s nothing blocking the entrance to the home or any place that the appraiser needs to go.
#5. Finish up all repairs.
More than just spackling holes in the wall, make sure that every little detail has been taking care of. If the appraiser notices holes in your screens, mix in the door, missing hardware, leaky faucets, unpainted rooms, half-finished home improvement projects, and a messy garage, this could reflect poorly on your appraisal. Finish all of those items as if the appraiser was coming into a brand-new home.
Getting top dollar for your home does take a little bit of effort but it will certainly pay off and remember, that front door tip is one of the strangest but it completely works.
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