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Syracuse, NY 13066


Tips & Reminders

For comprehensive home appraisal services, trust Alexandra Tavlarides SRA of  ATAV Appraisals in Syracuse, New York. Property valuation is not only needed when you are buying or selling a home. You may also need my services when you are:

  • Relocating to Another City for Work
  • Refinancing an Existing Mortgage
  • Thinking of Remodeling or Renovating Your Home
  • Filing a Tax Assessment Appeal
  • Removing Private Mortgage Insurance™ Requirements
  • Planning Your Estate or Acting as an Executor for an Estate
  • Going Through Divorce

 
How to Prepare for an Appraisal
With the right preparation, you can make a good impression on the appraiser on your upcoming property valuation. If you're looking to add improvements, you can provide a survey showing the location of the current improvements on your site and also have a schematic or blueprint with specifications describing in detail the proposed work. The following will also be helpful: 

  • A List of Major Property Upgrades, Including the Cost and the Date These Were Completed
  • A Title Policy Describing Encroachments or Easements
  • Information on the Most Recent Sale or Offering of the Subject Property
  • A Copy of the Pending Purchase Agreement and Current Listing Write-Up

 
Reminders
Before the appraiser arrives, make sure that your attic, crawlspace, and other areas of your home are accessible. Also remember to take care of minor repairs to leaky faucets, broken steps or railing, and other issues before the appraiser's visit.

FHA Mortgage Appraisals
For FHA mortgage appraisals, you can prepare by scraping loose paint, repainting, and getting rid of all peeling paints in your home. You can also do the following:

  • Install Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors, Especially Near Bedrooms
  • Install Safety Handrails for Stairwells and Railings for Decks and Porches
  • Ensure that Kitchen and Bath Outlets Have a Ground Fault Reset Capability
  • Review the Location of Your Wells and Septic Tanks
Contact me today in Syracuse, New York, for tried-and-true home appraisal services.