Pre-Listing Appraisal Services from James Earp Appraisal Service

Avoid having your home on the market too long or selling yourself short by getting an appraisal to demonstrate the right listing price.

A lot of sellers are shocked when they find out that the market value of their home is much more than they thought, so investing in a professional appraisal actually allowed these sellers to receive several thousand more dollars than they thought they would when their home was sold. Others have an over-inflated opinion of their home's amount of value and an appraisal helped them to realistically price their home in order for it to sell. An overpriced property won't attract interested buyers, which means you have wasted time on money and are left with no offers. Every month your house sits on the market is another month you have to pay the mortgage. All the while you're stuck paying the mortgage while your house is still sitting on the market.

With today's fluctuating market conditions, you should definitely appoint a licensed appraiser to get a solid listing price for your home.

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If you're working with a real estate agent to list your house, then you can expect them to give you a comparative market analysis (CMA) that displays similar sales houses in your area. It's a good starting point in deciding your home's listing price. This step is vital if you're going to minimize your home's time on the market and maximize your profit.

However, it's definitely in your best interest to have a third-party's objective opinion before you sign a Listing Agreement, even if you have been working with an experienced real estate agent.

That's where we come in! We'll perform a pre-listing appraisal so you and your agent have a detailed analysis of the most recent and similar comparable sales and an accurate description of your home's features.

A polished appraisal from James Earp Appraisal Service can help you decide on a realistic selling price so your house will draw in potential buyers, and we'll also:

  • Provide expert tips to help you negotiate once you have a potential buyer
  • Impress buyers with written proof of your house's condition inside and out
  • Eliminate repair hassles at the eleventh hour and make you aware of problems that might delay your closing
  • Decrease the chances of unknown messes that cause negotiations to deteriorate
  • Do away with waiting for the buyer's appraisal to have assurance the sale will go through.

Upgrades that improve your home's value

There are other important questions to ask yourself, in addition to "how much?", before listing your home. Questions like "Should we paint the whole house before we sell it?", "Should I put in that new bathroom?", "Do I need to finish my closet remodel?" Everything we do to our houses have an effect on their value. But not everything will have an equal affect. A kitchen remodel may improve your home's appeal, but it might not justify the costs you'd pay.

Need help making some of these important decisions? We're here for you. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike an agent. Our fees are based on efforts to complete the report, and not a percentage of your home's sale price. An appraisal fee from James Earp Appraisal Service is based on our efforts to complete the report, and are not a percentage of the sales price. Our fees are not a percentage of your home's sale price — your fee to us is based on efforts to finalize your report. When it comes to investing in your home and setting a fair sales price, a professional appraisal from James Earp Appraisal Service helps you make the wisest decisions.

Avoid having your home on the market too long or selling yourself short by getting an appraisal to demonstrate the right listing price.