Assessing how much your estate is worth before putting it on the market is not an easy task. Likewise, a new estate buyer or the mortgage lender will want assurance of the property’s value prior to making any agreements. Since there are many internal and external factors to consider and property features to inspect, it’s best to leave this task to a professional estate appraiser.
For the seller of an estate, the goal is for your home’s value to have risen, or to at least make back what you paid for it—which hinges a lot on where the current market stands. Luckily, there are some things you can do to ensure a higher appraisal value.
Let’s look at five ways you can help estate appraisers in Napa County, CA to see more value in your property:
- Spruce up the outside: In preparation for the appraiser’s arrival, you will want to clean up the outside of your property—but you don’t need to spend money on a total landscape upgrade. Homes with front yards should be free of weeds and tree debris, and have a neatly mowed lawn and trimmed hedges. Repair cracks in concrete walkways and driveways. Instead of attempting to spruce up the outside the day before the appraisal walk-through, spread the work out over a few days.
- Clean up inside: Since you’ll be staging the inside of your home to attract potential buyers anyway, you can use the appraiser coming over to get started. Focus on de-cluttering—you’re moving, so this is an opportune time to get rid of things—and making minor repairs, or even touching up wall paint. Most of all, clean up the house. Clean the dishes, put away laundry, polish the floors and clear messy tables, because the appraiser is likely to take photos.
- Mention major home improvements: While it’s not necessary to invest in big improvements now, do point out recent major improvements—like a roof replacement, new deck, room additions, kitchen or bathroom renovations and energy efficient window glass installations.
- Talk up the neighborhood and town: A beautiful estate is not the only thing new home buyers are looking for. They will also want to live in a pleasant area. For this reason, you should talk up your community to the appraiser, mentioning any revitalization projects or new developments. Let the appraiser know about nearby parks, museums, historic landmarks, upscale restaurants and unique shops. Better yet, check these places out for yourself so you can report accurately.
- Show comparable properties: Your appraiser may do their own research to find comparable properties in your neighborhood that have sold recently, but you should provide your own list as well. These comps will show price information and details for similar homes, which can be used to more accurately value yours.
While there are other estate appraisers in Napa County, CA, you can count on County Appraisals Inc. to do a professional and thorough job assessing your estate. Call us today for more information or to schedule an appraisal appointment!
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