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 APPRAISAL PROCESS
WHAT APPRAISERS LOOK FOR DURING THE HOME APPRAISAL PROCESS
Knowing what an appraiser will look for during the appraisal process can help you better prepare your home for the appraisal. Here are a few key features of your home that an appraiser will be interested in:
PROPERTY SIZE
The appraiser will consider the overall size of your home. A larger property is often more desirable to buyers because it gives them the possibility of building an addition to the home in the future. A home with many bedrooms and bathrooms will also have extra value since a greater number of people can live in the home.
EXTERIOR
Before even entering your home, the home appraiser will inspect the outside of your property. This involves looking at the structure of your home and inspecting the foundation and roof to determine what materials they are made from and what condition they are in. The appraiser will also look for any damage to your home, such as leaks, cracks or defects that may have gone unnoticed when the house was built.
INTERIOR
As with the exterior, the appraiser will consider the materials used in the construction of your home; their condition is very important. The main construction of your home, including the walls, flooring, windows, and doors, will be carefully inspected to determine quality and identify any damage or defects. The condition of lighting fixtures, kitchen appliances and plumbing will also influence the appraiser’s estimate.
EXTRA FEATURES
Amenities that contribute to the comfort and safety of a home will greatly improve the appraised value. Appraisers will take into consideration all the extras that your home offers, such as air conditioning, fireplaces, security systems, or smoke detectors. Outdoor amenities, such as a swimming pool, garage or gazebo, could also lead to a higher appraisal.
IMPROVEMENTS
Improvements that you have made since you took ownership will influence the appraised value of your home. While inspecting the interior of your home, the appraiser will pay attention to upgrades that you have made to your kitchen and bathrooms especially. A new oven, stove, sink or bathtub is a big plus when determining your home’s value. Because the appraiser might not notice all the upgrades that you’ve made, it is important to provide him or her with a list of improvements before the appraisal.
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