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Tips to get a better price for your home in NY via affordable appraisal

Selling a home is ever been difficult. 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 the house. Price the house incorrectly and it could mean a long stay on the market, a final selling price lower than what the house is worth or both.

Keep a list of all the updates made and be ready to hand it over; a sketch plan of the house indicating square footage also helps. Also have a list of updating done within the last 15 years. Make a note of each update with the approximate date and approximate cost. Also highlight the notable features of the property. Remember to notify appraiser of the new item, like a new roof or insulation. Don’t forget the minor items. For example, I mistakenly told the appraiser we hadn’t updated kitchen but actually we had installed a new sink and had the pipelines sealed. That counts, according to the experts.
Be mindful of peeling paint. Government-insured loans such as FHA and veterans’ loans will require peeling paint to be removed in houses built before 1978. Focus. “Don’t spend money that won’t yield a return on the investment. The best expenditures for most markets are paint, carpet, light and plumbing fixtures. Prioritize what to do; if homeowner who has upgraded and fixed items as they broke, he should be fine.

Location still matters. If there have been changes to the neighborhood, mention them, from a new playground or a supermarket. If the area’s just been declared a landmark, let the appraiser know. Fix leaky faucets, cracked windows, missing hand rails and structural damage.

Also remember the concept of “effective age,” the age the appraiser can assign to a home after taking into consideration updating and condition. Appraisers say they get annoyed enough by homeowners following them around. Appraisers can hack off hundreds, even thousands, of dollars from the house’s value just for having an unkempt yard. Redo the entire kitchen, adding a new faucet can be considered an update and it adds value.

Experts say a clean, clutter-free house can appraise 10 percent higher than the exact same messy home. Carpet on top of carpet will read like there’s a stain. You don’t want to give the appraiser the impression that you’re hiding something. Remove Excess Furniture. The less furniture in a room, the larger the space looks.
Everything in the house should work. If something doesn’t work properly, replace it, fix it or remove it. If there is a feature in the home that is special, point it out. Keep the door open to a phenomenal closet before the appraiser comes.

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