When preparing for a home appraisal, it's important to understand what to expect from the process and how to ensure that your property is evaluated accurately. True Footage, the nation's largest and most trusted appraisal company, is here to help!
The appraiser will take into account the property's size, location, condition, and features, as well as recent sales of comparable properties in the area. In addition to the condition of the property, the primary details the appraiser will be looking at are:
When preparing for a home appraisal, there are several things that you can do to ensure that your property is evaluated accurately. Here are a few tips:
Clean and declutter your home
One of the most important things that you can do to prepare for a home appraisal is to clean and declutter your home. This will make it easier for the appraiser to see the condition of your home and to evaluate its features.
Make any necessary repairs
Before the appraisal, it's a good idea to make any necessary repairs to your home. This could include fixing leaks, painting, or replacing broken windows. By making repairs, you'll be able to show the appraiser that your home is well-maintained.
You'll want to provide the appraiser with any documentation that can help to support the value of your home. This could include sales contracts, building permits, or other records. By providing this information, you'll be able to help the appraiser to make a more accurate estimate of your home's value.
Highlight any unique features. If your home has any unique features, such as a pool or a finished basement, you'll want to make sure that these features are highlighted to the appraiser. By highlighting these features, you'll be able to help the appraiser to see the full value of your home.
Get a pre-appraisal
If you're concerned about the value of your home, you may want to consider getting a pre-appraisal. This is an estimate of the value of your home conducted by a professional appraiser before the home is put on the market. By getting a pre-appraisal, you'll be able to see if there are any issues that need to be addressed before the home is put on the market.
Hire Experienced Home Appraisers
Choosing the right appraiser is crucial for an accurate evaluation of your property. Look for home appraisers who have years of experience in the field, are well-trained, and have a good track record. At True Footage, we have the most experienced and trusted appraisers in the industry.
Be prepared to answer questions
Appraisers will ask you questions about your home, such as how old it is, what type of heating and cooling systems it has, and whether it has been remodeled recently. Be prepared to answer these questions accurately and honestly to help the appraiser make an accurate estimate of your home's value.
Don't over-improve your home
While it may be tempting to make expensive upgrades to your home before an appraisal, it's important to remember that not all improvements will increase the value of your home. It's important to consider the cost of the improvements versus the potential increase in value. Consult with True Footage's expert appraisers for advice on which improvements are worth making.
Don't neglect the exterior of your home
The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior. Make sure that the exterior of your home is well-maintained, with no major repairs needed. Keep the lawn trimmed, bushes and trees trimmed, and the driveway and sidewalks in good condition.
Be aware of market trends
It's important to be aware of market trends in your area. Check recent sales of comparable properties in your area to get an idea of what your home might be worth. Keep in mind that the value of your home can be affected by factors such as the local economy, interest rates, and the overall real estate market.
Preparing for a home appraisal can be a bit overwhelming, but by following these tips, you can ensure that your property is evaluated accurately. If you have any questions, or if you're ready to schedule a home appraisal, contact True Footage today. We are always happy to help and provide you with the real estate appraisal you need. Trust True Footage for all your property appraisers' needs and get the most accurate evaluation for your property.
Blaine Feyen is the Head of Community at True Footage. Born and raised in Michigan, Blaine has been in the real estate and related industries for over 30 years. Buying his first duplex at 18, Blaine has been a Realtor, Lender, Investor, Builder, and 20+ year Appraiser. Blaine built and sold three appraisal firms over the years, and has coached many other Appraisers in building their companies as well. Blaine holds a fifth-degree black belt in Aikido and spends his free time doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, riding motorcycles, recording podcasts, and writing.