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Questions to Ask an Appraiser and Red Flags to Watch Out For
January 26th, 2023 10:37 AM
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If you are considering buying or selling a home, you must accurately appraise the property. An appraisal will give you an idea of the home’s market value and can be used to negotiate a fair price. A professional home appraiser can provide an accurate assessment of your home’s worth, but it is important to ask the right questions to ensure you get the most out of the appraisal. 

Here are five questions to ask your home appraiser to ensure you have a successful appraisal.

1. What Is the Scope of the Appraisal?

Before the appraisal process begins, it is important to understand the scope of the appraisal. This will help you understand what will be included in the assessment, such as any potential upgrades or renovations that may be needed. Knowing the scope of the appraisal will also help you determine if the appraiser has the expertise to assess the property accurately.

2. What Are Comparable Sales?

To get an accurate assessment of the property’s value, the appraiser will need to compare the home to similar properties in the area. Ask your appraiser to provide a list of comparable sales used in their assessment. This will give you a better understanding of how the property's market value was determined.

3. How Long Will the Appraisal Take?

It is important to know how long the appraisal process will take so that you can plan accordingly. Ask your appraiser to provide an estimated timeline of when the appraisal will be completed. 

4. What Is Included in the Appraisal?

The appraisal should include an analysis of the property’s condition, an estimate of the home’s market value, and any potential repairs or upgrades that may be needed. Ask your appraiser what is included in the appraisal to ensure all relevant information is included.

5. What Can I Do to Prepare for the Appraisal?

Your home appraiser may ask you to prepare the home for appraisal. This could include cleaning the home, making necessary repairs, or providing documentation of recent upgrades. Ask your appraiser what you can do to prepare for the appraisal to ensure the appraisal is as accurate as possible.

Red Flags to Watch Out For

Appraisers play an important role in the real estate industry, providing opinions of value for properties. However, certain conditions can raise red flags when considering a potential appraiser; if these flags are raised, it is important to know how to decline services.

  1. Lack of Experience

Appraisers should have a minimum of two years of experience in the field and a good understanding of the local real estate market. It is also important to check whether the appraiser is licensed in the state where the property is located.

  1. Not Providing Accurate Assessments

Another red flag is when an appraiser is willing to provide an opinion of value that is too high or too low. This can indicate that the appraiser is not accurately assessing the property’s value.

  1. Communication Issues

If the appraiser is unresponsive to emails or phone calls or is unwilling to provide additional information, this could indicate that they are not providing a professional service.


It is important to be informed and prepared for a successful appraisal. By asking the right questions, you can be sure that the appraisal is fair and accurate. Additionally, it is important to know the red flags that may arise during the appraisal process. These red flags can alert you to discrepancies and should be addressed immediately. Knowing the questions to ask and the red flags to watch for will help ensure a successful appraisal.

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Posted by Kenneth Phillips on January 26th, 2023 10:37 AMPost a Comment

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