SELLING SMARTER: 7 Simple Ways to Maximize Your Home's Appraisal Value

SELLING SMARTER: 7 Simple Ways to Maximize Your Home's Appraisal Value

By WVH Editors

Kingsmill on the James, Williamsburg VA: 2-BR river-view home sharp and ready to show.

[Here are seven inexpensive and easy do-it-yourself fixes that can result in a higher appraisal and a better closing price for your home. Courtesy of The Baltimore Sun.

**1. Fix It!
**Often little holes and cracks go unnoticed when preparing the house for sale. Spackle the holes and touch up any molding. Other small repairs that should not be overlooked: broken windows, cracked bathroom tiles, and leaky facets. Making these repairs not only improves your curb appeal but also protects the value of the property.

**2. Eliminate the Clutter
**Put your home on its best display. Organize and clean all of the rooms. Put personal items, such as family photographs, out


Doorknobs are out—levered

**handles are the new go-to.


of sight. You want the buyers to be able to imagine themselves in the home. Eliminating clutter will make the room appear larger. A messy or cluttered room could indicate that there are hidden problems in the house.

**3. Get a New Grip
**Doorknobs are out, according to The Baltimore Sun. Levered door handles are the new go-to. Levered door handles have an easier grip, which is especially important for senior homebuyers.

**4. Cut the Lawn
**A manicured lawn will be the first thing buyers see when they arrive at your home. Consider your home’s curb appeal and remember that first impressions count.

**5. Paint, Paint, Paint
**Skip glossy or vibrant colors and simply add a few coats of fresh paint in neutral tones to the outside and inside of your home. It will brighten and update your space, sending a good message to buyers.

**6. Hire a Qualified Appraiser
**Homeowners that are refinancing should always check that the appraiser hired by their lender is qualified. Some parties viewing your home may not accept an appraisal from a non-certified appraiser.

**7. Promote Yourself
**When the appraiser is in your home, point out your updates. You don’t want to follow the appraiser around the house, but highlight a few of the upgrades or give a list to the appraiser. The appraiser wants as much information about the property as possible.](

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