As a team,
we do everything we can to help ensure the appraisal process goes
smoothly. It’s critical that the
appraisal comes in at least equal to the contract sales price. We have a proven track record of getting appraisals
to come in at value and a methodology that works. Once you have a ratified contract, Sheri
will spend several hours researching current market trends & prices. She will look for the best comparable sales
to support your contract sales price. These comps, along with their tax records,
will be carefully reviewed and compared to your home. Value adjustments will be made for the
appraiser to review and include in his/her report. A glossy, color brochure showcasing pictures
of your home, along with a copy of your survey/plat & a list of all
improvements /upgrades & the cost of each will be included in the package. If, for any reason, the appraised value comes
in less than the contract sales price, we will appeal the appraisal and
resubmit comparable sales and supporting documentation to prove value and
potentially ask a neutral third party appraiser to submit a secondary
But there is
more to the appraisal than simply numbers.
We believe the human element plays an important
role in the final evaluation. We are all
influenced by what we see, hear & smell and the appraiser is no
different. We want to them to love your
home the way we do! So we ask all of our
sellers to prepare by doing the following items on the day of the appraisal:
Keep the house clean, de-cluttered
Keep lights & music on to create a warm,
On a cold day, keep the house
warm. On a warm day, keep it cool &
Burn a scented candle or warm some
potpourri – vanilla, cinnamon & apple are all good scents.
OR, bake some chocolate chip cookies
or brownies or an apple pie & have a pot of fresh coffee brewing.
Make the house easily available &
accessible for the appraiser.
Let the appraiser do his/her work
Be sure our appraisal “package” is
fully available & the appraiser takes it!
For assistance or questions about your appraisal, give a call to (703) 508-7386 or Contact Us!