Tips on How to Prepare Your Home for an Appraisal

An appraisal can make or break a deal when it comes to selling your home. Some elbow grease and teamwork can make your house ready for the challenge of an appraisal.

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You’re going to have to pack when you move; so grab some cardboard boxes and dollar store storage totes an start boxing up your off-season items and items you don’t use every day. Designate a place in your garage for these boxes.

You’re not getting graded on your housekeeping, but it is only natural that the appraiser’s opinion on how well your home has been maintained will be influenced by how clean it is.  The key places to clean are the kitchen (whole room), bathroom (whole room), floors, walls, and baseboards, because they reflect on the condition of your home.  The layer of dust on your coffee table?  Probably not as important.  Also, remember that the appraiser will be taking photographs, so make sure to clean up anything that you might be embarrassed about if it were photographed and included in the report, like a messy, unmade bed or a laundry rack full of drying clothes.