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4 Tips for Getting Top Dollar in an Appraisal

I’m sharing four ways you can help your home shine in an appraisal.

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How can you be sure you get a top-dollar appraisal? Whether you’re refinancing or selling, the most subjective item in an appraisal report is the condition of the home. Everything else is pretty black and white. If your home is in top condition when the appraiser comes, you’re sure to get top dollar, and here are a few key tips to do exactly that:

1. Cover up any damages to your walls. Any knicks, dents, or fingerprints from kiddos should be covered up. Paint and trim are important and don’t cost that much at all.

2. Pay attention to odors. Pet odors can linger, especially in the carpet, so make sure you deep clean to remove those smells.

“Touch up your home before the appraisal to get a top-dollar valuation.”

3. Look at your home through the eyes of the buyer. Examine the fan blades, scuffs of the floor, and dust by the air return.

4. Check for deferred maintenance. We can get used to what we see every day, but little broken items will stick out to the appraiser because it’s the first time they’ve seen it.

Taking the time to look at your home through another lens can save you a lot of money in the appraisal. If you’re thinking about refinancing, give us a call. We’d be honored to connect you with a recommended lender. If you’re thinking about selling or if you just have some questions, reach out to us. We’d love to sit down and review your specific situation.

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