How to Prepare for Your Alaska Home Appraisal

The listing price of your Alaskan home is one of the most important aspects of the entire selling process. In fact, if the listing price is not reasonable from the very beginning, you could risk a whole segment of buyers passing over your property. What's more, there is one specific factor that will have the final say when it comes to what your Alaskan home sells for and it could make or break the deal— the appraisal.

If the appraised value of your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, or North Pole comes back too far from the listing price, any deal you come to with a buyer could fall through. Below are four ways to get ready for your home appraisal so you can ensure your property is shown with its best foot forward:

Develop a critical eye
Walk around your home as if you were a buyer. Notice even small details like a leaky faucet, running toilet, or nails that have popped through the wall. You will want to make one big list of these items and start to tackle them one by one. It helps to have a critical eye when you're a home seller in Alaska to make sure everything—even chipped paint—has been accounted for! 

Complete improvement tasks
Do you know of any repairs that need to be made around your Anchorage or Fairbanks home? It's time to mark them off of your list before the appraiser arrives! You do not need to do full-scale renovations at this point, but fixing issues like squeaky windows or doors, clogged gutters or a faulty light fixture will all be helpful to the process.

Clean and organize
Cleaning and de-cluttering your Alaskan home will help to showcase the property in the best way possible for the appraiser. Remember that your appraiser's opinion of your home could ultimately make or break the sale, so it's important that they are not left with a negative impression. 

Consult your real estate agent
One of the other factors that determines your property's appraised value is comparable sales in the area. Your Alaska real estate agent can help pull comparables properties that have sold in the last six months for the appraiser to help give them an idea— whether or not the appraiser uses that to make the decision is up to them, but this is always a helpful step!

Give Madden Real Estate a call today for more information about selling your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole and beyond! We even have a Guaranteed Sales Program in place— if we don't sell your home, we'll buy it! 

Wes Madden, CEO
Madden Real Estate with Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group
(907) 452-3000
Wes@WesMadden.com

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