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Preparing for your home appraisal

How to prepare for your property appraisal

April 6, 2020 9:00 am by Upside

When you’re selling a house, one of the first steps you should take is to find out what your property is worth through a professional property valuation. If you have an accurate estimate on the value of your home, it’ll ensure you get the best deal when selling, while also helping you price your property competitively enough to attract potential buyers.

Here at Upside, we offer a free property appraisal to find out what your home is really worth. If you’ve booked an appraisal with one of our local agents, these are some of the key steps we recommend you take to prepare.

With social distancing rules now in place, many agents are choosing to limit their face to face meetings. This means that there could be more phone and video catch-ups throughout the sales process. On top of this, some of the more technologically advanced agencies, like Upside, are also offering video appraisals, meaning that if you prefer not to meet anyone face-to-face throughout the entire process, that is also possible.

Get started with us today and find out the value of your property during this time.

Do some sprucing up

We’re all human, and we know that everyone leaves a dirty pair of socks on the floor now and then. But having a clean and neatly presented home on the day of the appraisal will help give your agent the best view of your home and all its attractive features.

Besides your usual tidying up, take some extra steps to show off your home in its best light. Shampoo the carpet, wash the walls, and de-clutter your rooms to help your agent see your home’s maximum potential.

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Brush up on curb appeal

You come home to your front yard every day, but it’s important to take a look at it with fresh eyes when preparing for an appraisal. Are there a few stray weeds hanging around? Or maybe a broken picket on the fence? These minor issues are easily fixed, and can have a big impact on your home’s overall presentation. Still need convincing? Houses with attractive curb appeal tend to receive better value estimates, so it’s worth the extra effort.

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Keep a list of repairs and renovations

Buyers want a home that’s been well looked after, so any new or improved additions to your home will reflect positively on your home appraisal. Tell your agent about any repairs or renos you’ve had done, including a renovated kitchen or bathroom, new gutters, new roofing, new decks, or carpeting. They’ll take this into account when estimating the value of your home — plus, it can be used as a selling point for potential buyers in the future.

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Improved additions to your home like a renovated kitchen? Be prepared to tell your agent so your property report reflects these improvements.

Double check the basics

It’s easy to get caught up in the big stuff when preparing to sell, such as renovating your kitchen or repainting the living room walls, and overlook the tiny details. But when a real estate agent comes into your home, they’ll be looking at all the tiny details to make sure they give your home the most accurate estimate possible. That tiny doorknob or rusted light fitting that doesn’t seem like a big deal? It could affect the estimated value of your property at the end of the day.

Take a walk around each room and write up a checklist of minor repairs to do before an agent visits your property. Little improvements like a paint touch-up or new bathroom fixtures won’t set you back a lot of money, but can make a huge difference in your home’s appeal to buyers.

Don’t stress!

It sounds daunting, but don’t lose sleep over preparing for your property visit. Our agents are here to offer helpful tips and guidance on how to present your home in its best light and secure the best possible price for you. If you’re unsure about anything, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re more than happy to help.

If you’re not quite ready for a property appraisal but are still wondering “what is my property worth?”, you can get an indication with a free online value report. It only takes 30 seconds to request, and gives you comprehensive data from historic and recent property sales in your area so you can see how your home might compare.

Ready to get started? Book your no-obligation property appraisal with one of our agents.


Upside is an Australian-owned, full-service real estate agency with local real estate agents, low fixed fees and zero commission. Our standard is other agents’ ‘extras’, delivering vendors a complete agent managed service including a full appraisal, open home management, copywriting, photography, signage and advertising. It's the way real estate should be.

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