Once you’ve accepted an offer on your home, you may be tempted to celebrate. But not so fast! There are a few steps between the offer and a successful close and if the buyers are buying the house with a mortgage, one of those steps is an appraisal.
So, as a seller, the question is what do you need to do to prepare for the appraisal?
Get your Home Maintenance Up to Date
You’ll want to take care of any home maintenance tasks before your appraisal; otherwise, it could impact your home’s appraisal value.
Give Your Entire Home a Deep Clean
In order to have the best appraisal process possible, you need to put your home’s best foot forward and that means doing a thorough cleaning and decluttering of the entire house right before the appraisal.
Create a List of Home Upgrades
If you’ve made any changes or upgrades to the house over the past 10 years, you’ll want to compile them in a list (known as a highlight sheet) to give to the appraiser; that way, they can easily see the value you’ve added to your home and appraise accordingly.