You don’t need an expensive remodeling project to boost your home’s value prior to appraisal. Appraisers consider many factors, including the general condition of the interior and exterior of a home. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, here are some projects worth undertaking BEFORE the appraisal:
This is one of the most important things to-do on your pre-appraisal to do list! Clutter makes it hard for an appraiser to do his/her job. Clear entryways and walkways, remove excess furniture to give more space, and create a clutter-free environment. Remember, less clutter evokes a brighter and more spacious feeling.
Refresh the Paint.
Adding a fresh coat of paint is the quickest and easiest way to add value to your home. Paint can remove years of wear and tear, make a home look less outdated, and is one of the cheapest ways to give your home a whole new look. Don’t forget to choose a neutral color that will appeal to the most people possible!
If you don’t have the money to replace flooring, focus on fixing damaged sections and getting carpets cleaned before the appraisal.
Update the Kitchen & Bathrooms.
The kitchen and bathrooms are usually the most important rooms to potential home buyers. An update does not mean an overhaul. Keeping them clean is a MUST, but you may want to consider some low-cost upgrades such as removing wallpaper, painting cabinets, new handles, or some updated lighting as well. A few adjustments can go a long way in adding higher value.
Create Curb Appeal.
Clean up flower beds, pull weeds, make sure the yard is mowed, and put down some new pine straw or mulch. A good first impression is a lasting impression.
Not only will these few items help net you a higher appraisal value, if these items are done prior to listing, they may even net you a higher offer price!