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3 Ways To Prepare Your Home To Get A Higher Appraised Value

When you want to sell or refinance your home, one of the steps you are going to have to go through in order to determine the value of your home is an appraisal. If you want to get the highest value for your home from the real estate appraiser though, there are a few things that you are going to want to do in advance to ensure that you get a fair appraisal value for your home.

Spruce Up the Outside of Your Home

The first thing that you need to do is spruce up the outside of your home. Start with the basics, such as pressure washing the siding, walkways and driveway to ensure that everything looks clean. Then, clean the more detailed elements, such as your outdoor light features and features.

After that, pay attention to your landscaping. Add new brightly colored mulch around the base of all of your trees and in your flower beds. New mulch can really pull your yard together and unit the different elements.

If you have bushes, shrubs or trees in your yard, prune and shape them so they look nice. Add lots of flower and color to your yard with strategically placed flowers and flower containers.

Finally, stage your porch and make it look inviting with comfortable patio seating as well colorful pillows and cushions, and a few additional outdoor patio decorations to bring your porch area together.

A great curb appeal can really boast the overall value of your home.

Declutter Your Home

When your appraiser comes to visit your home, you don't want all the clutter and items in your home to distract your appraiser. Although having a cluttered home should not decrease the value of your home, it can easily detract from the value and features of your home and have a negative impact on your overall appraisal price.

You don't want boxes and items stored up all over your house. Every cabinet and cupboard should not be jamb full of items, and every inch of your wall and counters should not be covered with items.

Remember that less is more, and start going through your house and getting rid of unnecessary clutter or boxing up and putting items you don't need right now into your storage unit.

Clean Things Up

Even doing basic cleaning can increase the value of your home. In each room of your home, run a broom on your ceiling to get rid of cobwebs. Take down the light fixtures, get rid of the dead bugs, and clean them. Wash your windows inside and out, and wipe down the window frame and inside of the window still.

Run a rag around the baseboard and molding in each room to get rid of dust and build up. Clean your floor in an appropriate manner.

Then, move items and clean behind and underneath them, and be sure to dust and declutter all surfaces. Doing this type of cleaning will help your home's best features shine, and will make it look like you take care of your home.

Before you have an appraiser come and look at your home, declutter and deep clean each room in your house, and fix any little issues that you come across as you clean each room Then, spend a little time and money sprucing up your yard with mulch, colorful flowers and a nice looking patio set-up. These simple and affordable tips will help ensure that you get closer to the value you are looking for from your appraisal. 

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Real Estate Tips from a New Homeowner

While some people "wing it" when purchasing their first home, I went about the process differently. I put a lot of research into home market trends before even deciding where I would like my new home to be located and learned about all of the steps of the buying process. Once I was ready to start looking at homes, I hired a real estate agent who was very impressed with all the knowledge I had accumulated about the home-buying process before I even owned my first home! I love learning, so I actually greatly enjoyed learning all about real estate, and I am still keeping on top of the latest real estate news and trends since I know they will come in handy when I decide to upgrade into a larger home in the future. I decided to help others by sharing what I have learned on a blog!

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