My house is worth what?!?
by Staff
Maybe you have a figure in mind for how much your house is worth and how to increase that price. But before you make any changes, see what type of improvements can make the most bang for the buck.

Who typically hires a home appraiser ?

  • The seller
  • The buyer
  • The bank
  • All of the above

This "improvement" can negatively affect the value of your home.

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Shed storage
  • All of the above

What kind of landscaping can improve a home's value?

  • Gazebos, fountains or arches
  • Well-tended lawns, window boxes and cleared walkways
  • Flowerbeds, shrubbery and climbing vines
  • None of the above

Why do textured walls and ceilings matter in an appraisal?

  • They are difficult to paint over.
  • They might be hiding something.
  • Many people don't like the look.
  • All of the above

Which smells are likely to turn off a home buyer and lower your home's value if not neutralized?

  • Curry and cooking smells
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Perfumes and flowers
  • All of the above

How can pet hair affect a home's value?

  • Buyers with dogs could be turned off by it.
  • It can be tracked everywhere.
  • People with allergies can be sensitive to the dander.
  • All of the above

What colors could hurt your home value?

  • Eggplant, red and black
  • Butter, cream and yellow
  • Green, olive and sage
  • Brown, coffee and wheat

Keeping your house filled with your personal items can have what effect on potential buyers?

  • It can make them anxious to have what you have.
  • It can prevent them from seeing their own things in your space.
  • It gives them decorating ideas.
  • All of the above

If two houses on the same street are priced the same, but one is considerably larger, which is likely to sell first?

  • The bigger house
  • The smaller house
  • The cleanest house
  • Neither

Which option would likely be the best improvement to your flooring and add value to your home during an appraisal?

  • Installing new wall-to-wall carpet.
  • Pulling up carpet to reveal hardwood floors.
  • Lay down linoleum in kitchen and bath.
  • Any of the above

When did the U.S. government last get involved in regulating the real estate appraisal process with banks?

  • 1994
  • 1976
  • 2010
  • 2003

What scent is widely regarded as appealing when staging a home for sale?

  • Vanilla
  • Baked cookies
  • Wildflowers
  • Cinnamon

If your home is appraised at a value less than what you paid for it, what steps can you take?

  • Wait until the market improves.
  • Sell it without an appraisal.
  • Appeal to the bank.
  • All of the above

What is a major difference between a home inspection and a home appraisal?

  • Home inspections require you make repairs.
  • Home appraisals require you make repairs.
  • Home inspections are free.
  • Home appraisals are subjective.

If your home is still occupied while you're showing it, what type of cleaning should you do?

  • Spot cleaning
  • Spring cleaning
  • Clean every nook and cranny
  • All of the above

Which of these upgrades would make the most financial sense before an appraisal?

  • Installing new plumbing
  • A new sunroom addition
  • Replacing damaged siding
  • New interior paint

What is CMA?

  • Consumer Market Association
  • Closet Management Alliance
  • Corporation of Market Appraisals
  • Comparative Market Analysis

A room without a closet is technically:

  • Not a bedroom
  • Not counted as a room
  • A bonus room
  • All of the above

True or False: Having a lot of closets and storage space is great when it comes time to hide the clutter and show the house.

  • TRUE

What kind of decor and details show off a home to its best advantage?

  • Enhanced but impersonal.
  • Minimalist or bare.
  • Sentimental and family friendly.
  • None of the above