Appraisers consider "curb appeal," or how a property looks overall on approach in comparison to other homes in the area, when valuing a home. Calculations for lot size and views factor in as well, but having use able, clean and attractive land adds to the appraisal value and appeal of the house to buyers. If you aren't looking to overhaul the entire landscape, window boxes, porch planters and even a new mailbox add a lot of charm without much effort or cost.
Power-washing the outside of any home is recommended before showing, as it is a relatively low-cost project that can significantly improve the look of a home by clearing accumulated dirt from cracks and crevices. Replacing old windows is highly advisable if seals and framing are worn, but it's one of the more expensive home improvement projects. However, potential buyers place good window condition high on their lists of wants.
Whether new or old, home value in comparison to other properties is higher if a property has been well cared for and updated, and if it hasn't, there are some fixes a general contractor can address before an appraiser visits. Simple projects like repairing damaged drywall, painting rooms to add an illusion of height or to brighten them up, and polishing or refinishing wood detailing add qualities of care to a home that may factor into valuation. Getting estimates for any areas of a home that look worn or broken down helps narrow the field of contractors and handymen, and word-of-mouth often leads to finding the right person or people for the job.
Author:Dennis Miller Phone: 817-793-7221 Dated: March 29th 2016 Views: 414 About Dennis: ...
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