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Make Your Home Appraisal Ready

Would the value you think your home is worth match up with that of a professional appraiser? You’ll need that appraisal if you want to put your home on the market or refinance the mortgage. It might also just be a matter of pride to know how much your home is worth especially if you’ve made improvements. Here is how you can make your home appraisal ready:

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Make Small Repairs

Every homeowner has a list of repairs that need to get done. Most of these are minor fixes that don’t impede your living but would make the home increase in value. A professional appraiser judges things by increments of $500. Every “demerit” is $500 taken off the value and visa versa. That means you can fix a ceiling fan and add $500 even if it took just a $20 switch.

Enhance Your Curb Appeal

Walk across the street from your home and take a good look at the exterior. This is exactly how the appraiser will view your home. Anything you can do to improve your curb appeal will add value. That includes mowing the lawn, planting new flowers and touching up paint. If you have the time, then consider getting your exterior power washed.

Create a File of Improvements

You should type out all the improvements you’ve made over the years to your home. These can be minor up upgrades or major renovations. These fixes might not be obvious to you appraiser, which is why you have to point them out. You should also get a copy of any permits you obtained for any of those renovations. You can also provide a list of all the amenities in the neighborhood especially any new businesses or schools that were added since you moved in.

Clean Out Everything

It is important that you clean the house as thoroughly as possible. That includes finally getting rid of all your unwanted rubbish. If you’re replacing any furniture or appliance, then now is the time to do it. This is where Junk King Portland can be a big help. You’ll be given a two-man crew to handle all the listing and loading for your removal project. That is really all you need to get rid of just about anything regardless of size or weight. Your home will totally be ready for an appraisal with an assist from Junk King Portland.