What Hurts A Home Appraisal?

Comparable homes or comps are one of the most important factors affecting appraisal value.

An appraiser will take a close look at recently sold, nearby homes with similar bedrooms, bathrooms, updates and square footage to your home.

The value of these homes can provide baselines for appraisal value.

Does a messy house affect an appraisal?

Impact of Clutter

Unless the amount of clutter begins to affect the structural condition of a home, it will not affect an appraisal. The cleanliness of a home also has no impact on the value. It is not uncommon for an appraiser to walk into a cluttered, messy home.

What does an appraiser look at?

Specifically, with regard to the exterior of a property, an appraiser looks at the site, the quality of construction, the integrity of the roof and foundation, any issues with the guttering or siding, parking facilities and the home’s observable external condition.

What matters in a home appraisal?

The primary factors in a home appraisal are the current market trends relating to the location and type of house, the recent sales figures from comparable homes in the area — and, of course, the condition of the home. Appraisers will look for factors in several areas to assess the condition.

How accurate are home appraisals?

An appraisal is not the definitive market value of a home. The fair market value of a property is the price that a willing and knowledgeable buyer would pay to a willing and knowledgeable seller, when both parties are acting voluntarily and in their best interests. Appraisals can be very accurate or downright faulty.

What negatively affects home appraisal?

The curb appeal and general landscaping of the home also impacts the home appraisal value. If your home lacks curb appeal it could lower the value of the home. On the other hand if your yard is filled with hard to care for plants and a hazardous dead tree this could also negatively affect your home appraisal value.

Do appliances count in a home appraisal?

The age and condition of the home’s HVAC units, appliances, and electrical and plumbing systems will be considered in the home’s overall appraised value. Obviously, if these components are in bad shape, this will negatively affect the appraisal.