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Improve the Appraisal Value of Your Home

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A great step in improving your overall financial situation is to take a look at your assets. This can include your loan to value ratio for your home. A great way to improve this number is what experts in the industry call flipping your home. There are many indoor and outdoor cosmetic changes that can be made to you home that will increase the overall appraised value. Let’s take a look at just a few.

First walk outside. Stand at the curb (look both ways first) and take a look at your house. If you use the garage entrance in the back, you can sometimes not realize what your house looks like form this angle. Remember, when an appraiser pulls up, this is the first impression they are going to have on the home. Make it a good one.

Now do a walk through of your home as the appraiser would. Do you have a leaky roof? Is the chimney in good condition? Replace damaged bricks around the house and also check your gutters and downspouts. Check the homes foundation. Verify that water drains away from the house and not toward it. If you can’t tell right now, check the next time it rains.

Next check plumbing and electrical work. If you have 2 prong ungrounded outlets in your kitchen or bathrooms make sure you upgrade to GFCI outlets.

Back outside make sure you lawn is green and healthy. While maintaining the perfect lawn outside isn’t easy, you can at least seed and water it. If you prefer faster results, but precut grass pallets from your local home improvement store. Then, cozy the place up a bit. Annuals make a great addition to landscaping and are extremely easy to maintain. If you have not foundation level buses, not only do that really help in making the place inviting, but they are usually very cheap to but at your local nursery.

Bring out the pain cans. Freshen up your front door, exterior walls, and certainly inside your home. Don’t go too bold. Your appraiser or real estate agent sees many houses and while they do remember the one with hot pink walls it isn’t for a good reason.

Lastly, update your appliances and countertops in the kitchen. It is costly, but you can usually see your return fairly quickly. Laminate hardwood flooring is the best replacement for worn out carpet. You can install it yourself and it also won’t break your budget.

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August 20th, 2008 at 10:12 am

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