Curb Appeal Basics

When I decided that I was going to put my house on the market, I knew that I would have to do some renovating first. The house was a good, solid structure, but I hadn’t kept up the outside of it as well as my husband did before he passed away. I knew that I would need curb appeal if I wanted the place to sell quickly. I had my yard landscaped, my home exterior repainted, and my driveway replaced before putting the home on the market. It cost me a bit of money, but it was worth it – the house sold quickly and I was able to move into my brand new condo – much less maintenance work for me. I started this blog about curb appeal, to help others learn how to move their homes quickly too.

Preparing Your Home For An Appraisal

Real Estate Blog

So you've finally made the decision to put your home on the market. You know that you need to work with a real estate agent for marketing and negotiating offers, but what about determining the value of the home? Hiring a firm, like Accumark Appraisals Ltd., to do a home appraisal could be one of the most valuable choices you can make before finally listing your home for sale, as it can help you determine what your home is worth, and more importantly, what price you should list the home for sale at. But how do you prepare for a home appraisal?

Outside the Home

When preparing the outside of your home for an appraisal, make sure that you put any equipment out of sight and update the landscaping. The lawn should be mowed and any bushes should be recently trimmed. Make sure that you remove any weeds or dead plants that can be easily noticed and that there is no debris in the yard. Also consider the overall appearance of the home's exterior. Touch up any peeling or cracked paint, make sure that the gutters are clean and make sure there are no missing pieces of siding or roof tiles. 

Inside the Home

While making sure that the interior of your home is spotless seems like a given, also make sure that you look at everything very closely. Do you have a friend that has never been inside your home? Invite them over so  you can get an opinion of someone with fresh eyes. Update any hardware such as cabinet knobs, and make sure that there is no chipped paint anywhere in the home. If you have pets, clean the floors and carpets to ensure remove as much pet odor as possible. And try to make the home look as uncluttered as possible, as any clutter could ultimately give someone a negative imagine of the home.

Documents to Have

There are also some documents that you should have once the appraiser arrives. Examples of these documents include:

  • A list of any items that will be sold with the home such as furniture or outdoor play sets for children
  • A list of upgrades and home improvements you have completed since you purchased the home
  • A copy of your most recent property tax bill
  • A copy of the title policy for the home

Preparing your home for an appraisal can help you increase the appraised value of your home. But it can also help you begin the process of staging the home for real estate showings. Being prepared in advance can save you time, but it can also result in a higher sale price in the long run.


15 January 2015