FAQ #17: Do I Need To Have My Home Appraised Before I List It For Sale?

Selling your home can be a major financial decision, and it’s important to ensure that you get the best possible price for your property. One of the best ways to determine your home’s value is by getting it appraised by a licensed or certified appraiser. An appraisal is an unbiased estimate of the value of your home, and it takes into account a number of factors such as the size of the property, its location, and the condition of the home. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at why you should get your home appraised before listing it for sale.

  • Determine the Market Value of Your Home

This might go without saying, but one of the primary reasons to get your home appraised is to determine its market value. Market value is the estimated price that your home will sell for in the current market. An appraisal can provide you with an accurate estimate of your home’s market value based on factors such as the current condition of the property, its location, current market conditions, and recent sales of similar properties in the area. This information can help you set a realistic price for your home and ensure that you get the best possible price for your property.

  • Identify Areas of Improvement

Another benefit of getting your home appraised is that it can help you identify areas of improvement. An appraiser will inspect your home and provide you with a detailed report on its condition. This report can highlight any repairs or upgrades that may be needed before listing your home for sale. By making these improvements, you can increase the value of your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers. You can also save time and money by getting a head start on repairs an appraiser may require when they come to appraise the home again for your purchaser’s financial institution.

  • Avoid Overpricing or Underpricing Your Home

One of the biggest mistakes that home sellers make is overpricing or underpricing their property. Lately, we’ve seen both!  Overpricing your home can lead to it sitting on the market for a long time (which could lead to you taking less for the home), while underpricing it can lead to leaving money on the table. An appraisal can help you avoid both of these scenarios by providing you with an accurate estimate of your home’s value. This can help you set a fair and realistic price for your property that will attract potential buyers and ensure that you get the best possible price for your home.

  • Negotiate with Confidence

Getting your home appraised can also give you more confidence when negotiating with potential buyers. When you have a clear understanding of your home’s value, you can confidently negotiate with potential buyers and ensure that you get a fair price for your property. Additionally, having an appraisal report can help you defend your asking price if a buyer attempts to negotiate it down.

As you can see, getting your home appraised before listing it for sale is a smart financial decision. It can help you determine the market value of your property, identify areas of improvement, avoid overpricing or underpricing your home, and negotiate with confidence. While there is a cost associated with getting your home appraised, the benefits far outweigh the expense. By investing in an appraisal, you can ensure that you get the best possible price for your home and make a smart financial decision.


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If you have a question you’d like us to feature, email me at ryanbays@riverfrontappraisals.com

For more information on this and other topics related to the appraisal process, check out our Guide To Appraisals set of E-Books at https://riverfrontappraisals.com/guides/.  

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