Home Appraisal Tips, Home Appraisers

Home Appraisal Tips, Home Appraisers

How to get the most from your appraisal:
  • Use only licensed, professional appraisers who are highly rated by previous customers and are members of professional organizations such as the Appraisal Institute. They should also be familiar with property values in your area.
  • List major home improvements and upgrades you’ve made, including the date of installation and the costs.
  • Repair even the minor things like leaky faucets, missing door handles, etc.
  • Make sure that all areas of the home are accessible to your appraiser, especially the attic and crawl space. Trim any bushes and move any items that would make it difficult to measure the structure.
  • Don’t follow the appraiser around, and don’t let your pets follow him or her either. Distractions will inhibit the appraiser from providing you with an accurate report.
  • Federal law entitles you to a copy of the appraisal report. Review it because you may disagree with some findings. If you and your appraiser can’t come to an agreement, you may want a second opinion.

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