Do I need to do anything to prepare
for my appraisal?
Not necessarily. If you
have done any updating or recent remodeling, providing a list of the completed work
to the appraiser can help insure that all your recent work will be included in
What does the appraiser need to do
and how long do they need access to my home?
start outside and take photos of the exterior of your home as well as
measurements from outside. Once inside they will take photos of every room as
well as notes on the various features in your home. The whole process takes approximately 30
When will I get a call from the
appraiser to schedule my appraisal?
You should be hearing
from the appraiser in 3-6 days from when they receive the order from your
What if I disagree with the value of
Once your appraisal has
been completed, all communication will need to be through your lender who
ordered your appraisal. If you have evidence or support that would indicate a
different value than the appraisal, provide that documentation to your lender
and ask them submit a re-consideration of value.
Are home estimates from websites like Zillow.com accurate?
No. These sites even disclose that they are not to be
considered an appraisal and encourage you to hire a professional for a more