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Appraisers & Home Inspectors

Appraisers & Home Inspectors

There is often confusion around the difference between an appraiser and a home inspector when it comes to what each is needed for. From an outside perspective, the roles are quite similar.  However, the end results of their inspections are very different. The Home Inspector Role A home inspector is tasked with making sure a home functions properly and is safe. This is not to say they ensure it is up to code, as a code inspector will do that, but that everything is in order. Anything not up to par will need to be fixed and noted in their final report. A home inspection includes the exterior of the house and all structural and internal components. This means the plumbing, heating, electric, etc. An inspector will systematically go through and test that everything works while noting any damage or missing items. Any part which “fails” may be subject to negotiation when dealing with the overall buying and selling of the house, but in most cases, it does not mean the house must sit idle or vacant. The Appraiser’s Job Unlike a house inspection, a home appraisal’s end result is a valuation. This “value” is based on many factors but includes condition, neighborhood, and other comparable sold properties. While an appraiser will note the condition of the property, they do not focus on it. Rather, they report things like the number of bedrooms, size of the living room, and if there is an unfinished space. When buying or selling a home both of these reports will be needed in the transaction. They are similar in the fact that the same areas are looked at, yet they are being checked for different things. To see about getting your home appraisal, call us today and see how we can help you.

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