Getting Your Home Ready for an AppraisalAuthor: Brayan Peter
Appraisal can be defined as a process or method of developing a value option, this valuation is a determined based upon the property's market value which will be likely to be sold in the open market. Firstly one needs to know the ABC’s of the appraisal methods and its process. A home appraisal is nothing but a survey of a house done by an expert or professional for their opinion of the market’s property value. In majority of the cases, an appraisal is worked for a bank when a house is being approved for a home loan for the buyer. A home appraisal consists of a detailed report which inspects each and very condition of the house, including the neighborhood, what are the similar houses that are sold, and how fast such similar houses move; these are some of the information an appraiser gathered.
A real estate or otherwise home appraisal can be in the form of replacement/cost opinion of value or as a sales comparison. An income appraisal is also available, but this is mostly done with commercial properties. The comparison of sales will look at other real estate properties in your locality or neighborhood and what kind of homes they are selling and this figure will be compared with your home; with a replacement/cost opinion value, the appraiser will look at how much will it cost to replace the house if it is demolished or destroyed; this is quite commonly used for new houses.
This is the important part of the appraisal; preparing your home for an appraisal. One needs to prepare their home(s) for an appraisal just like you would do for a home sale. You are in an essence to re-selling your house, see that all the maintenance has been done properly; this will include cleaning your home and trimming the bushes to painting the home, once these work is been completed, then later you need to do only minor touch ups. Always be polite to the appraiser and give them the entire access to your house; do work and assist them and not against. Do let them know about your home improvements. Tell them about the newly polished floors, clean new windows with a finished basement, etc.
Last but not least, don't be caught off guard. You need to do your homework in advance! Try to know what are the similar houses which are selling in your locality, this is something which you should do before giving a selling price for your home. But if your house is already on the market for more than a month or two, then do a current research. Let the appraiser know about other similar houses and what they have sold for, especially if you know why a particular house which is like yours sold for lesser price, and let them know why your home is different from others.
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