Selling real estate in Lake Havasu at any time can be stressful. Selling your home in today’s market includes additional stressors of their own. Along the way to the final signing of paperwork, a home appraisal will be conducted. Market value differs from the appraised value. When a buyer borrows money to purchase a property, the bank requires that an appraisal be performed on it first. The lender will not approve a loan in an amount that’s more than the appraised value. To receive the highest appraisal possible, you need to get your home in tip-top shape first. So, where should you focus your efforts for the most impact?
How to Prepare for Your Home Appraisal
Always, always do a thorough cleaning on your real estate in Lake Havasu. In fact, this should be done before you even list it on the Havasu real estate market. Before anyone sees it. Even before you take pictures. However, you need to conduct another deep cleaning before you get an appraisal, too. That means scrubbing the walls and baseboards, cleaning up scuff marks on the floors, and eliminating pet and cigarette odors. An appraiser notices these things and they do consider them when evaluating your home.
Fresh Coat of Paint
After you perform a deep cleaning, repair any holes in the walls and touch up your paint. While an appraiser may not lower the value of your real estate in Lake Havasu due to the existence of a few small holes in the wall, the home appraiser might assume other damage exists because of them. And that won’t make your property appear higher in value.
Once you freshen up the paint inside, go outside. Check the exterior of your property for scuffs and chipped/peeling paint. A paint touch-up here makes the outside of your house look much better, increasing your home’s value.
Squeaky doors. Windows that need a little force to open. Faucets with a slight drip. You tend to forget about these little things after you live in your real estate in Lake Havasu for a while. But an appraiser has no emotional ties to your house. They notice these things. Fix all the “little repairs” you have just never gotten around to fixing before the home appraisal takes place.
Check Your Attic
If you’re like me, you seldom (if ever) go up in the attic. Unfortunately, these are great places for pests to nest and moisture to seep in. Since we seldom venture to this area, these problems might have been there for a while without you noticing. An appraiser checks the attic space as well. Make sure it’s well insulated and free from pests or water damage.
Conduct a Home Inspection
Finally, I’ve said this before. Home inspections help sellers, too. You might think you’ve tackled every problem possible. But, a professional’s eye might see something different. This gives you the chance to correct any issues before a buyer (or appraiser) ever sees them. And that only means good things for an appraisal when you put your home on the Havasu real estate market.
Alexis Steel – 928-303-2199
Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty
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