Tips and Advice for Appraising a House

Sam Willis



Appraising your own home is a convenient and affordable alternative to having to pay for an appraisal or worry about getting upsold by an agent that’s hoping to take you on as a client.

If you’re new to appraising properties, it can seem stressful, but it’s easier than you’d expect. These are the top things to keep in mind.

Consider the Exterior

The exterior of a property is a big deal. This will make a difference in whether or not someone will even go inside and can completely change the price a property is appraised at.  

Your siding matters and should be carefully picked. If you want to go with a more classic look, you can go for regular plastic siding, but in recent years there’s been a push for synthetic stucco. This material lasts longer and looks fantastic while coming in a large assortment of colors and textures. 

Check Out Energy Efficient Options

Energy efficiency is a big deal in the modern market. Nobody wants to pay hundreds of dollars every year for their heating and cooling! Instead, keeping with energy-efficient options ensures you can save money and create interest for buyers. The best way to boost this part of your property is by adding details like continuous insulation, sealing windows, and making sure the property has weather stripping where it counts.

Ensure The Roof Is In Good Condition

How old is your roof? What type of condition is it in? An older roof with issues is going to drop the value of the entire property. When you’re appraising your own home, you’ll quickly realize buyers aren’t interested in a house with a roof that looks like it could drop at any moment.

Seeking out a wood shake roof gives you a chance to give your property a fresh face while also making an affordable swap. Check your roof for signs of age, like discoloration, warping, or an inability to melt snow if you’re unsure about its age. 

Keep the Curb Appeal Up

Curb appeal is king! Instead of struggling to gain interest in your property because of how it looks, take the time to make a home that will catch anyone’s eye. This is, fortunately, easier than it sounds! By adding visual interest like landscaping pavers that paint a gorgeous property, you can portion out your garden spaces, allow your lawn to look purposeful, and increase intrigue. 

Pay attention to your grass and keep it mowed, edged, and attractive. Failing to do this will leave your house looking shabby and lower its value

Everyone’s Home Can Gain Value Before Appraisal

Your property’s value will change over time, but you can have a hand in making it grow. Keep these tips and tricks in mind to get the most money for your home.


Sam Willis is a freelance writer that loves sharing his knowledge and expertise on real estate. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he enjoys spending time with his wife and researching real estate trends in his free time. Sam’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisors, a new construction industry resource launching in Fall 2022.