7 Ways to Prepare your Santa Cruz Home for an Appraisal

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 11:01pm.

Have you ever considered that preparing your Santa Cruz home for an appraisal could increase its appraised value?

While many owners consider a home appraisal as simply another step in the process of selling or refinancing their homes, homeowners who prep their homes for the appraisal often fair better than those who do nothing.

Here are seven ways to prepare your Santa Cruz home for the best appraisal possible:

1. Give the appraiser a list of recent sales.  Ask your real estate agent to make a list of properties similar to yours that have recently sold in your neighborhood.  Be sure to include the sales price.  This is one less thing the appraiser has to do.

2. Supply a copy of your home’s blueprint.  This will help to verify room measurements and lot size.  Also, provide the date your home was built.

3. Provide a list of improvements. Make a list of improvements you’ve made to your property since you bought it. Include the dates the improvements were made.  Be sure to list all improvements such as adding a room, updating your kitchen or bathroom, pouring a patio or replacing a roof.

4. Make it easy for your appraiser to see the entire property.  Do you have an attic or crawl space that’s hard to access?  Do whatever is necessary to make it easy for the appraiser to get to those hard to reach spaces.

5. Spruce it up.  A clean home makes a good impression.  Trip the lawn, clean the garage, and make minor repairs both inside and out.

6. Point out amenities.  Do you have a sprinkler or security system, built-in vacuum, or other special features that aren’t obvious?  Give a list of these amenities to your appraiser.

7. Provide a copy of your most recent property tax assessment.   The assessed value of your home is what your taxing authority (your county, city or town) uses to determine how much property tax is due. The period between assessments varies by jurisdiction. Some taxing authorities might conduct full assessments every six years, for instance, but update their records annually to account for new homes or building improvements.  Contact your county, city or town to get the most recent tax assessment for your property.

Thinking of selling your Santa Cruz home?  Let me help you sell it faster with less stress and for as much as possible.  Give me a call today at 831-662-6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com.

For more information, please visit my website at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.

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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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