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Pre-Listing Appraisal Services from Michael Church Appraisals for Friendly Unbiased Service

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

Many people are surprised when they find out that the market value of their house is more than they estimated, so investing in an appraisal from Michael Church, Cert Res RD8306, may actually allow them to receive several thousand more dollars than they thought they would when their home was sold. An appraisal helps those who have an over-inflated opinion of their home's estimated value to realistically price their home in order for it to sell. An overpriced home will not attract interested buyers, which means you have wasted time on money and are left with no offers. Each month that your home is still sitting on the market is another month you have to pay its mortgage. All the while you're stuck paying the mortgage while your property is sitting still on the market.

In today's ever-changing market, appointing a certified appraiser is the perfect way to get a factual listing price for your home.

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Are you working with an agent to sell your home? Quite often they'll provide you with a comparative market analysis (or a CMA) that displays similar sale homes in your area. It's a customary starting point in determining your home's listing price. If you're going to minimize the home's time on the market and maximize your profit, this is a crucial step.

In our opinion, however, you should also get an appraisal from someone who's sole occupation is to analyze real estate - PRIOR to putting your home on the market - even if you're working with an experienced agent.

That's where we come in! We can do a pre-listing appraisal so you and your agent have an accurate description of your house's features and a detailed analysis of the most recent and similar comparable sales or "comps".

Michael Church, Cert Res RD8306, with 25 years experience, can help you decide on a realistic selling price so your house will attract potential buyers, and we can also:

  • Help provide advice when negotiating once you have an interested buyer
  • Provide written proof of your house's quality inside and out to impress potential buyers
  • Eliminate last-minute repair hassles and make you aware of problems
  • Cut down the chances of unexpected messes that can cause your sale to fall through
  • Cut out waiting for the buyer's appraisal to have confidence the deal will close.

Improvements to add value

There are so many important questions to ask yourself prior to listing your house There are many important questions to ask yourself prior to listing your home -- and Michael Church Appraisals can help with that. You should ask yourself questions like "Should we paint the whole house before we sell it?", "Should I put in that third bathroom?", "Do I need to complete my kitchen remodel?" You may not realize it, but everything we do to our houses can affect their value. Unfortunately, not all of them have an equal affect. Remodeling your kitchen might improve the appeal of a home, but be sure to figure out your costs before diving in. It might not justify the time and costs involved.

Michael Church Appraisals can help you with these decisions. 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 Michael Church Appraisals is based on our efforts to finalize the report, and are not a percentage of your home's sale price. Our fees are not a percentage of your home's sale price — your fee to us is based on efforts to complete your report. When it comes to investing in your home and settling on a fair sales price, a professional appraisal from Michael Church Appraisals will help you make the smartest decisions.

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