hi all. here's the situation, my grandmother is going to try to sell her home within the next year [ grandfather passed away last august, and she has recently 'signed up' for a retirement community, waiting list of 6 months], and i was wondering what i could do to help her out with things [realators/value/repairs etc.]. i think at this point in time, she figures the place is worth what the tax assesment is set at [in a rural area of NY], but i'm thinking this isn't the case. here is the 'layout' as it were, 3 acre parcel +/-, well water, septic tank [repaired/replaced 2 years ago], it's a single wide mobile home with an additional room added on [not sure of dimensions, but avg. livingroom size i'd guess], 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths [the 'trailer' is @ 25 years old, but very well maintained, and if it matters, has 2x6 walls]. also on the property is a pole barn that i'd guess is 24'x40' +/- as a garage with power, and a paved drive with a paved sidewalk to a small front deck, and a paved walk to the rear entrance.
in my novice opinion, the roof needs attention [original shingles, and they look shrunken], and there are a few water stains on the interior ceiling tiles in one bathroom near the vent/light fixture.
i guess my biggest questions are, what is the difference between tax assesment and actual value?
what should she look out for so she doesn't give the place away?
i don't have any experience with this type thing, and i'd hate to see her taken by anyone due to not being informed.
i know it's kind of a shot in the dark here, but any advice would be welcome.
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