Preparing For Your Home Appraisal

Getting Ready for Your Home Appraisal

Getting your home ready to show off the best side is what homeowners want when you have yourself a ready and willing buyer, and the next step to getting to the closing table is the appraisal. 

  • Where do you focus your efforts?
  • What is the best place to spend your money when fixing things?
  • How do you prepare for an appraisal?

We have a few ideas and expert tips about ways that you can get your house in tip-top shape so that you can get the best property appraisal so that you can successfully get to the act of sale. 


  • Install new hardware in kitchens and baths

  • Add an island if you do not have one

  • Fix lights and clean light covers

  • Put in granite counters

  • Install a bathroom vent or replace old ones

  • Use stainless steel appliance upgrades in the kitchen

  • Add a dishwasher or two

  • Find little perks like central vacuums to boost the value

Exterior To-Dos

Some of the most inexpensive ways to get your home ready for the appraisal include cleaning up outside, adding new house numbers, painting your front door, and adding potted plants. Be sure to use an even number of planters to make the look more symmetrical.

Houzz says to replace old fences and worn areas to make sure the area looks fresh and inviting. Overgrown greenery is likely to lower your appraisal.



  • Customize the property

  • Change the style of the original character

  • Add low-cost upgrades that can break quickly

  • Follow the appraiser to and from each room

Check Comparison Sales Figures

Make sure that the appraiser knows that you are informed about the local area. Show listings for at least three homes that are comparable to yours. You can find many reputable sites online and print out a report that is easy to share.

Your appraiser can choose to use your information or his or her own when you have the inspection. Showing that you know about the area will let the appraiser know you are serious about getting a fair price listing.

Its important to rembemeber, you can not tell the appraiser what "comps" they should use, but you CAN make their job a little easier by provideing some for them :-)


Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More

Realtor says to imagine looking at your home as if you were the buyer. Try to be objective and get into the nooks and crannies to find problems. If you are critical of your home, then you can avoid embarrassment from items that can turn off buyers like hanging lights, broken switches, sticky cabinets, and tough moving shower doors.

Be sure to inspect for leaks. Remember to check the roof carefully. You do not want to try to sell a home that has puddles or drips on open house day because the rain is coming down hard.


Make A List

Be proud of the upgrades you put in your home. Keep a file with all the receipts and make sure that you show it to the appraiser. You can use this list for the new buyers and the listing agent when you list your home or condo for sale. The file may get you top dollar because someone else was not diligent enough to do the same thing.

Preparing your home for the appraisal is much like getting ready for an open house. The only difference is that you do not want to stage the home. The cost is money wasted because you will need another staging before the showing.

The key is to look at your home with new eyes. This way you can see what everyone else sees when they visit your home.


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