You’ll normally need an appraisal of your property as a first step to selling it or for finance or insurance purposes. It’s important therefore that you obtain the best and most accurate estimate of the property’s value and there are several steps you can take to ensure this happens.
1. Clean and Tidy
First impressions count and that applies to the person carrying out the appraisal as well as potential buyers. Although a professional agent will be able to see through minor imperfections, it’s always good if the property looks its best. So go through the property and give it a thorough clean — vacuuming and shampooing the carpets, washing down walls and cleaning work surfaces. And, at the same time, declutter the rooms and outside areas so they’re not covered in unnecessary items that hide their true appearance.
Make sure the grass is cut and flower borders are neat and weed-free. It’s also useful to seek the opinions of people you trust since they may see faults you don’t notice but potential buyers and agents will.
2. Full Working Order
In addition to cleaning, make sure everything works as it should do. Replace light bulbs where necessary and make minor repairs. If everything looks good and works properly, this will increase the impression of a well-maintained home. Minor repairs should not extend to expensive renovations since you’re unlikely to recover the full cost of these. However, in some circumstances renovations are appropriate so make sure you get advice from an agent.
3. Easy Access
Estate agents will need to inspect your property thoroughly so make it easy for them to do this. Don’t block entrances, enable access to all areas and simplify the taking of measurements by providing open areas and good lighting. That way, the appraisal can be undertaken quickly and a good outcome is assured. In these COVID-aware times, leaving lights on and doors open will help to keep agents safe since they don’t have to touch switches and handles.
4. Complete Information
Just as you should provide a full service history when selling a car, so should you supply as much information as possible for a property appraisal. This will ensure the agent has sufficient detail and that nothing is missed.
If you’ve undertaken kitchen and bathroom renovations, any extensions to the property or major repairs, supply all invoices and other documentation. These will add to the property’s valuation and are likely to increase its selling potential.
5. Keep Calm
Selling your property can be a stressful experience but good preparation can remove some of that stress. A professional agent will carry out an appraisal quickly and without fuss, and will be able to give you advice and guidance on getting the best price in the shortest possible time. Once the appraisal has been completed, a report that includes an estimate of the property’s value will be provided within a few days.
To start this process, simply register with LocalAgentFinder to compare different real estate agents in your area. All are competent, professional and knowledgeable of the local market so will ensure your appraisal goes smoothly. We recommend speaking to three or four to get different perspectives and enable yourself to find the most suitable agent for you.