How to Maximize Your Home Appraisal

How to Maximize Your Home Appraisal

How to Maximize Your Home Appraisal

Selling a home was difficult even before the market started to slide. Now, every penny counts more than ever, which means that every leaky window, every dangling gutter and every ugly cabinet can make a big difference in the price of your home. While we all have a natural tendency to nest in the places we live, the reality is that many of the change we make ( or don’t make) can make or break our home’s asking price.

When remodeling, DO tackle all the major features in each room.

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Do Have:

  • An open layout.
  • Newer, matching appliances; stainless steel.
  • Extra perks like small-beverage refrigerators, dual dishwashers, instant hot water, and a central vacuum clean-out.
  • Granite countertops.
  • Custom cabinetry.              
  • DON”T try and fix outdated cabinetry or countertops. These need to be replaced if you want to add value –new hardware won’t be enough to fix them.


Do Have:

  • New fixtures and mirrors.

  • A freshly refinished tub, if necessary.

  • Natural Light.

  • Good ventilation

  • New or refaced cabinetry


DON’T let you bathroom feel dark or have any outdated colors or materials.


DO make a list of recent improvements to your home. Think big and small here—this can range from renovating the kitchen to painting your deck. Make sure your appraiser has a list when comparing your home to others in the area.

DO ask you realtor to do a walk-through with the appraiser.


Article by  Inman News

Allen Tankersley