Cindy Asks… I am about to have my home appraised for a refinance… Do you have any quick and easy advice that could boost my homes value?

A low appraisal can make the re-financing of your home challenging for sure. My best advice for someone who is about to meet with an appraiser is as follows; Clean, do some quick maintenance and touch-up on what you can. This will ensure that your home looks and feels like it is in great condition, therefore giving it greater visual appeal.

Now this does not mean that you have to deep clean your carpet, re-landscape your entire yard or paint each room in your home, you just need to make sure that all the little things are taken care of. Things like overgrown hedges, a mass amount of weeds, markings on your wall, peeling paint, soiled carpet, garbage scattered throughout your home etc… These will all hurt the value of your home when it comes time for its appraisal due to the poor condition. So take the time to remove some weeds, mow the lawn, trim the bushes, take a wet rag to the walls, vacuum the carpet and simply just pick up wherever you see could use a little sprucing.

With this in mind, be sure to only spend money where you think you may see a return on investment. If you’ve always maintained your things and replaced them as needed; Such as new light fixtures or burner trays on your stove once a year, you probably do not need to rush out and purchase new ones. Just make sure everything looks good and your home is inviting to all.

By spending a few hours on minor home improvements such as these you may very well set yourself apart from the home being appraised across the street and increase the value of your home. At the end of day you will not regret taking the time to make the minor improvements – especially since you’ll be living a clean and repaired home!

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About Cheryl

As a successful business owner and community leader, Cheryl Braunschweiger is known and respected for getting things done with a degree of skill and enthusiasm that bring out the best in those around her - colleagues, clients and friends. The name of her business, ALMC Mortgage, reflects Cheryl's philosophy and personality. She says it stands for All Loans Must Close –a reflection of her determination to do whatever it takes to serve her clients. Cheryl has been in the mortgage lending business for 20 years. Read More About Cheryl
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