Will a tidy house be valued at a higher price than a messy one? Will the kids’ toys on the floor of their bedroom subconsciously affect the property value estimate made by the real estate agent conducting your home appraisal?
In a word, no. But there are still some things you need to consider before the appraisal visit is booked.
Tidy or messy home: Does it make a difference?
Real estate professionals are trained to look past clutter and mess. They’re looking for the structural elements of the home: size, state of repair, structural integrity, not to mention its location and access to local amenities. So they won’t be concerned if there’s some mess around the place when they’re looking through – unless it impairs their ability to do their job.
For example, they will be looking for things like the condition of the flooring, and whether there have been any improvements or renovations. If they don’t have good visibility due to mess on the floor or untidy stacks of items on the surfaces or next to walls, it will be tricky to get an accurate estimate.
Similarly, in rare cases, mess may be impacting the condition of the house itself, such as storage spaces crammed with too many things, or posing a hazard.
Don’t forget the outdoors
If you have a front or back yard, don’t forget that it’s also an important part of the home appraisal. Make sure the appraiser (and, later, any prospective buyers) get a clear view of it by removing any garden waste or other items, mowing the lawn and generally sprucing it up.
What should you do to prepare for the property appraisal process?
While a messy house won’t necessarily affect your property’s value, on the other hand, a tidy house definitely won’t harm it either. If you’re preparing for prospective buyers to come through and view it anyway, there’s no harm in de-cluttering and minimising, because a messy house does affect a potential buyer’s opinion of the home.
So unless you are unable to do so, a general de-clutter and tidy up is generally a good idea as it will help you prepare to sell your home. To get an idea of how much your home could be worth, get your free property estimate here.