Have Safety Equipment Installed and Working
Make sure your smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and other safety devices are working properly. Also, be sure to have an up-to-date fire extinguisher.
Check out other safety tips for the home and to make sure a smoke alarm functions as it should.
Make Sure Appraiser Knows of Improvements
Have your documents on the ready to show any home improvements you have made including additions, HVAC units, exterior work, roof and other remodeling.
Is the Appraiser From the Area?
Your appraiser should ideally come from a nearby place, ideally even a 10-mile radius. That’s so they are familiar with the neighborhood. It’s a good idea to ask how long the appraiser has worked in the industry along with which data sources they use beyond the MLS. Appraisers Forum is a good spot to see what to ask.
Be sure to always talk to the neighbors when looking for a house. They’re going to tell you what the Realtor won’t.