If you are interested in getting your house ready for an appraisal, someone is likely applying for a loan on your house. Whether someone is buying your house, or you are refinancing, you will want your appraisal to be as high as possible. So, how does one help get a higher appraisal?
Let me first explain what you can't change. You can't change what your neighbors are selling their houses for. Comparable properties, in your neighborhood are going to play the biggest role in the valuation of your house.
But there is hope! If you want the best shot at your house appraising higher, there are a few tips and suggestions I can offer.
1. Finish off unfinished areas: If you have an almost finished area, it may not hurt to spend the money to finish the area. Increasing your sqft will help add value to your home.
2. Add a Bedroom or Bath: If you have an area in your house that can be changed into an additional bedroom or bath, it is likely worth your time to add value to your home.
3. Stage your house: Just as you want to make your home inviting for potential buyers, make your home inviting for the appraiser. Make every room feel big and open by removing clutter and making sure the area is well lit. You may consider painting.
4. Landscaping: Your yard does make a difference. Take some time to landscape your yard. You can plant flowers, mow the lawn, clear out brush, pull weeds, add a fountain, add a coy pond, etc.
For all of these tips, it doesn't hurt to higher professionals. Contact me for my recommendations.